How the open-source development model can improve medical software.

T. R. Yackel

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The current system of proprietary software development for healthcare applications is inadequate to meet the needs of providers, administrators, and patients. A recent advance in the field of Internet programming is the release of large-scale software projects as "open-source". The advantages of this method of development include higher quality, lower cost, and increased adherence to established standards. There are several hurdles to be overcome before the healthcare field can take full advantage of this development model. The implementation of open-source development of medical software could greatly improve clinical and research software and elevate the academic standards of the field of medical informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-72
Number of pages5
JournalMedinfo. MEDINFO
Issue numberPt 1
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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