Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Healthcare IT budget boost good news for Linux - vnunet.com

Healthcare IT budget boost good news for Linux : "Projected increases in healthcare IT spending spell opportunities for open source vendors, according to the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL).

The consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux and open source software cited a Rand Corporation study suggesting that IT budgets average just two to three per cent of overall healthcare expenditure.

In contrast, IT spending comprised between 12 and 15 per cent in other industries. As a result, healthcare IT spending is expected to grow at a faster rate than overall IT, increasing the appeal of open source software.

'Linux and open source software have become pervasive in vertical markets such as retail and financial services,' said Stuart Cohen, chief executive at OSDL.

'The healthcare market today is positioned for major growth, and managers are in a position to take control of their IT strategies and to have a significant impact on their organisations and the overall healthcare industry with open source technologies.'"

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