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Healthcare Providers Can Save With Open Source Patient Record Systems

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Healthcare providers worldwide are beginning to shed their pen-and-paper means of transcription and transition to digital systems Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). In the United Kingdom, one high-ranking National Health Service member is taking the opportunity to encourage healthcare decision makers to consider looking toward open source solutions when making the migration.

According to Richard Jefferson, the technology offers healthcare providers “the biggest bang for the buck.” Generally speaking, organizations that choose open source solutions are empowered with technology that is comparable to proprietary solutions, if not better. And at the same time, they don’t have to shell out tons of money for software licenses.

“If you don’t mind the fact that you’re paying £50 a year for some commodity software, it’s fine,” Jefferson said at the e-Health Insider CCIO open source conference. “But why put off using it in a clinical setting where you can save hundreds of thousands a year?”

In addition to the cost savings afforded by open source solutions, healthcare providers that leverage open source solutions are free from vendor lock-in, meaning that if their technology needs change in the future, they have infrastructure that’s flexible enough to adapt.

Open source code is developed within a community of dedicated and enthusiastic coders who review one another’s work and build off of it, strengthening technology along the way. With this in mind, healthcare providers that leverage managed open source solutions will also benefit from increased innovation and technology that is not static, but improves over time.

As healthcare providers begin digitalizing their expansive medical records, it’s important to consider doing so in a way that future-proofs their organizations from a technological facelift in the near future. One solid way to do that is by deploying open source solutions.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.