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30th June 2007, 06:21
Open-source software originally developed at Veterans Affairs (USA) is pulling EHR (electronic health records) pricing down from stratospheric levels.

"We are at the front edge of a move toward open-source products in healthcare," said Medsphere president/CEO Kenneth Kizer, M.D. "The biggest single advantage we have is cost. With OpenVista, you don't have the excessive fees associated with licensing proprietary software."

OpenVista is based on the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) developed by Veterans Affairs.

Because VistA was created with taxpayer dollars, the source code is in the public domain. Moreover, an active developer and user community is constantly improving the open source system.

OpenVista, is an open-source EHR from California-based Medsphere. Medsphere was founded in 2002 to rework VistA for the open-source Linux operating system.

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