"Looking for real-world capable medical software? Want open
source medical software, but need something viable now?
Although closed-source, X-Med may be the solution you are looking
for. Company president, Alex Chigos wagers $1 that his company was
the first medical practice management software to run under Linux.
Any takers? He says that X-Med has been available for Linux over 5
years and is currently working in nearly 200 doctors, clinics and
service bureaus. Chigos has long experience and interesting views
of Linus Torvalds, Linux distributions (Caldera yes, RedHat no),
Windows (usually doesn't need it) and of course, X-Med."
"He thinks other medical vendors have already moved in the
Windows direction, following consumers. 'That's fine because that
is fewer competitors for me. Most of our clients do not use Windows
at all. Windows is a black box, 'no user serviceable parts inside'.
When problems occur it costs $395/question. That's a lot of money.
Linux is 100% user serviceable, they even include the source code.
Another neat thing about Linux is that it will run on an Apple, it
will go anywhere.' "
"For the basic purchase price all of X-Med's functions are
included, there are no add ons and you get unlimited users. Service
contracts are '...roughtly 10% of the purchase price per person per
year.' ... The system also works with PAM-2000 a proprietary
patient appointment scheduling system which automatically calls
patients to remind them of appointments and recalls in which the
patient is reminded to call to make an appointment. If you
can't wait for open source medical software to become a reality,
X-Med may be just the thing to get started with Linux."
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