Friday, May 12, 2006

Open Source PHR

Open Source PHR : "PING is a distributed, web-based, personally controlled electronic medical record system that is ubiquitously accessible to the nomadic user, built to public standards, and distributed under an open-source license. The PING system is essentially an inversion of the current approach to medical records, in that the record resides with the patients and the patients grant permissions to institutions, clinicians, researchers, and other users of medical information."
I wonder why open source software has not become more influential in the healthcare space . Since the potential for doing good is so obvious, I would have felt that lots more programmers would have utilised their skills to create innovative products in this field. Is it because doctors aren't interested ? Or that the potential for profits is so huge, that commercial organisations have a strangle-hold in this area ?

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