Open Healthcare Framework

Saturday, April 22, 2006

U.S. House of Representatives Testimony: "Make Selection of Open Source Software the Default Mode for Federal Funds"

Though this testimony does not come from the OHF project, it benefits the healthcare FOSS ecosystem.

Open source software is less well developed in health care than for some other enterprises, but open source software solutions for health care are now rapidly evolving.

In this vein, I urge the Committee to consider making open source software the first consideration in selecting any new software purchased with federal funds. This should be the case across the federal government – for health care and non-health care federal procurement alike. This requirement should apply to software purchases made by all federal agencies and purchases made by state and local governments and private parties using federal funds (including research funds)...

This public-private partnership might be envisioned to function like the Eclipse Foundation currently does in advancing "the creation, evolution, promotion and support of the Eclipse Platform" and to cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products, capabilities, and services. Eclipse is a software platform that IBM released into open source in 2004...

Discussions regarding this testimony may be found at LinuxMedNews and the The Healthcare IT Guy. I agree to some of the claims, especially to the ones regarding ROI.

How this testimony relates to OHF?
Considering that the testimony came from the VistA community, how may it relate to Grahames latest post about relationships with other open source initiatives?


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