Open Source or Proprietary? 5 Key Issues to Consider
// By Ken Rickard //
Imagine a healthcare world in which you had to pay a license fee to perform each angioplasty. Or one in which breakthroughs in cancer treatments were never published, but were instead reserved only for a select few doctors and institutions. Medicine, like science, depends on the free exchange of information to produce the best outcomes for patients. Software should be designed with the same goal in mind.
Software decisions are a critical part of healthcare strategy. Software powers everything from health system websites (content management systems— CMS) to diagnostic equipment. It stores patient records, provides communications infrastructure, and creates and distributes marketing campaigns (marketing automation, customer relationship management—CRM).
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