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Can Open Source Play a Role in Healthcare?

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That’s the question we recently asked Shahid N. Shah who, in addition to publishing Netspective Media and blogging at HealthcareGuy.com, serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Board of Advisors at the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance. Here’s what he shared.

The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS), and if we used it more in healthcare and medical devices it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of our clinical workflows. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies or healthcare CIOs if they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems, the most common excuse given by engineers is that the regulatory compliance folks wouldn’t allow OSS, or that the FDA would disapprove, or that there is “no support” for such software.

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