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NewsForge: Open Source Software Aids Healthcare Leader

Mar 29, 2006, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in California, needed to consolidate its IT systems and bring greater efficiency and consistency to the infrastructure. CHW decided the best way to do that was to move away from proprietary solutions and toward open source.

"CHW's primary business is providing acute care, defined as treatment for a short-term or episodic illness or health problem. Erik Leader, chief technical architect for CHW, says his company used to focus solely on a variety of proprietary applications, a mix which included 'all the major players in the field. We have just about one of everything...'"

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