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E-Health-Insider: Open Source Software Could Save NHS Money

Nov 01, 2004, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The Office of Government Commerce has made recommendations that public procurement of software should consider open source solutions, citing, amongst other case studies, the experience of a Dublin-based hospital that made significant savings in transferring all its software to open source.

"The report says that public sector bodies should 'examine carefully the technical and business case for implementation for Open Source software and the role which OSS could play in current and future projects" as well as 'review their current infrastructure and applications... well in advance of any planned procurement or renewal... and consider what steps may be necessary to prevent future 'lock in...'"

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