Health Care Software is moving from hospital-centered departmental systems, to patient-centered medical records that are distributed across networks. Health care software mirrors and supports organizational changes in the health care industry. Whether the change is called “managed care”, “regional health”, or “community health networks”, health care providers and their software needs are in transition.

Electronic medical records and networks are the solutions to the technical issues around coordinating the work of diverse health care professionals caring for a single person across multiple sites.

Open source health care software has intriguing potential to solve some of the obstacles now being encountered in this transition. Open source reference implementations of medical record standards could speed their adoption and increase interoperability in practice.

The differences in adoption between TCP/IP and ISO network protocols has provided all of us with an example of the importance of reference implementations.

Open source software could reduce the issue of “Who pays?” in community health networks by eliminating per user and per site license costs and unbundling implementation and support charges.

The possibility of health care software support and customization of the same software from a variety of vendors, seems better able to meet the diverse budgets, needs, and technical capabilities of hospitals, labs, physician offices, research facilities, “payers”, and public health organizations.

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