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Enterprise Linux Today: SPIRIT Open Source Health Care Initiative Gets European Commission Support

Jan 05, 2001, 16:30 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Minoru Development SARL, CONECTA srl, and Sistema announced today that they have signed a contract with the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme to implement an open source approach to accelerate the uptake and improvement of software for regional health care networks. The 450,000 euro 15-month SPIRIT project will create an index of open source health care resources and a web portal to help health care organizations in Europe and around the world to find relevant open source partners, projects, and software."

"Brian Bray, president of Minoru and project coordinator says, "We are pleased to see that the exciting possibilities of open source software are being recognised and fostered by programmes such as the EC Fifth Framework. This is a wonderful opportunity to accelerate health care informatics research, and at the same time, create new business opportunities in health care deployment."

"Joseph Dal Molin, a principal of Minoru added, "This project will create the foundation necessary to accelerate the realization of the strategic benefits of open source in health care. The open source business model will foster an 'evidence-based' software industry in health care, one which strongly resonates with the traditional values and processes of health care innovation."

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