"The setup utilizes servers from IBM, the networking and
compression expertise of NoMachine, and SUSE Linux Enterprise
Desktop to provide patients with access to the internet, where they
can do everything from learning about their condition and treatment
to keeping family and friends abreast of their progress via the
standard cast of internet characters: Twitter, Facebook, and the
"Hospital officials say they chose a thin-client Linux setup
because of the performance and cost savings. Not only does the
hospital save by using Open Source software, but the sixty-five
thin clients are said to save the facility 60% on its electric
bill. That, combined with the estimated 98% savings in IT costs
— full desktops require a lot of maintenance and a lot of
staff to keep up with it — means the hospital can provide the
service without patients bearing the burden on the billing end.
GAMC plans to roll out more virtual systems in the future, for
employee and clinic, as well as patient, use."