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Open Source Application to Co-exist with 'Closed Source' applications

Posted Oct 30 2008 3:22pm

Canada Health Infoway has launched an Open Source initiative that will help demonstrate how independent health information systems can exchange information with one another. This interoperability is critical to bring authorized healthcare providers complete and accurate information when and where they need it, allowing them to make better diagnosis and         treatment decisions.
The Infoway Reference Implementation Suite shows how different systems, in this case client registry systems connecting to clinical systems, can communicate with one another. To read the full article, click on the following link. Link: Canadian Healthcare Technology - News 168.

This project raises some interesting questions about the relationship between 'Closed source' (Software for which the code is essentially locked as a proprietary product) and the 'Open source' (Software that is made freely available to developers and users which can be customized). It appears to me that this is a very innovative initiative - one that allows flexibility by making the code freely available to all regions within Canada while at the same time recognizing that there will be many proprietary programs that are highly evolved and will need to continue to develop functionality.

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