November 10, 2000

Barriers to Linux use in medicine still exist

Author: JT Smith

"While a number of groups are leading the open source charge into the highly
specialized battlegrounds of medical informatics, barriers to the adoption of open
source software persist, delaying what may be an ideal solution to the burgeoning
problems of the health care IT arena.
The health care industry would seem to present the perfect challenge for open source
design: one would think that an organization requiring a stable, secure operating
system able to manage a number of different types of data with complete integration
and the kind of ease-of-use most physicians need would have open source written
all over it. But the health care industry's information technology status remains largely
in the Dark Ages--even as healthcare's growing complexity cries out for
cutting-edge technology solutions."

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