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Obama, open source & healthcare

Aug 11, 2009, 20:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"With the passage of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), $19-billion dollars has been ear-marked for Medicare and Medicaid technology incentives over the next five years. Collectively, this program is known as HITECH. If open-source, medical software advocates have their way, some, if not most, of that money will be going to free software and open standard based EHR (electronic health records).

"The most important of the open-source EHR systems are the ones built on VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the US Veterans Administration's public domain EHR. Don't let the name fool you. VistA has nothing to do with Microsoft Vista. The core, open-source VistA code is called WorldVista."

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