Posted by: commonsresource | May 19, 2010

A Toast to Open Source Health

Yesterday’s Dana Blankerhorn post on the ZDNet Healthcare blog was entitled Open source health IT goes well beyond VistA.  In his excellent article, Dana points out the fact that while “Vista, the health record system created by the Veterans Administration long before the term “open source” was even in use, is still the most-important element in open source health IT” that “it’s far from the only one,  according to a new analysis from Black Duck Software“.

Accordingly to the Black Duck press release of May 11, 2010,

Projects such as CARE2X, aimed at increasing integration and interoperability between multiple incompatible health care information systems within an institution, and OpenVista, the open-source version of VistA, top the list of active health care OSS projects in the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, which counts nearly 900 open source software (OSS) projects with a health care focus. The analysis shows a 13 percent growth in the number of projects, with a 38 percent growth in lines of code from 2009 numbers. Projected development costs for the projects — which combined include over 124 million lines of code — have grown to approximately $8 billion USD, up from 2009’s estimate of $6B, representing 45,000 staff-years of development effort.

I would strongly encourage you to check out the other 8 projects which are set out and very well described (with his research and links) on Dana’s list. While open source software and other commons sourcing approaches are not the sole prescription for the ills of our health care systems, it is exciting to see how these approaches are already tacking some of the symptoms.  It clearly warrants a toast to Open Source Health!


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