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ZDNet UK: Will free software come to the rescue of the UK's health service?

Oct 30, 2000, 19:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"The cash-strapped NHS [National Health Service] would benefit from adopting open source software such as Linux, according to health service experts."

"It is claimed that using open source software would reduce the cost of implementing technology within the health service and make systems more future-proof and adaptable."

"An editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) entitled Medical software's free future, published last week, says that the cost of commercial software is putting an increasing burden on resources with the health service and suggests that open source solutions could be just the tonic the NHS needs."

"'Free software concepts make particular sense in medicine,' says Dr Douglas Carnall, associate editor of the Journal. 'Once a customer is 'locked into' proprietary software, its makers can demand premium prices, safe in the knowledge that the client would find it even more expensive to change. Much better instead to invest time on a system licensed under the General Public Licence that will always be free,' he says."

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