"...'We're always looking for better, faster and
cheaper,' said Chief Technology Officer Albert Prast, in Orlando,
Fla., who decided to use Linux to run a number of applications,
including purchasing and billing. "By using Linux, we were able to
use old hardware, take advantage of open standards and improve the
reliability of our systems."
Given its well-known benefits-portability, low or no licensing
costs, and wide-open source-code availability-using Linux does seem
like it would have been a no-brainer for Ro Tech, which handles the
billing of Medicare and Medicaid for respiratory products and
medical equipment provided to patients.
The decision certainly has paid off in nitty-gritty cost
savings: Prast said that using the existing equipment and Linux
software, RoTech has cut the cost of running its network down to
one-third of what it would have been using new hardware and a
typical commercial operating system."