"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,
"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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