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LinuxNews.com: Barriers to Open Source Use in Medicine Persist

Nov 10, 2000, 19:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to Michelle Head for this link. ]

"While projects like Free Practice Management, or FreePM are rapidly hurdling one obstacle after another to get their system into clinical use, a few stumbling blocks to complete acceptance remain."

"New organizations are springing up on the Internet with the intent to remove those obstacles, enabling open source to tackle the complex problems of medical informatics in its own unique style. Joseph Dal Molin is a consultant for the Minoru Development Corporation, sponsor of the Open Source Health Care Alliance (OSHCA). OSCHA promotes the open source model as a solution to existing problems with health care information systems."

"Dal Molin believes one roadblock to open source acceptance in the medical field is prejudicial thinking. "As customers, we've adapted to a commercial software model," Dal Molin said, "and that mindset won't permit them to see this as an opportunity. Innovation is becoming free, and people have to get past this initial thing of quality equaling money."

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