Only in health care would a foundation need to do a study to document the value of open source software. Used for years in other commercial and industrial market segments, open source software is also frequently built into "proprietary" systems from HIT and even medical device vendors. The potential impact needed to spur IT adoption in health care is commoditization, where lower priced products see more rapid market adoption. The adoption of industry standards also be a boon to adoption.

The report said that industry must rethink its current practices and
"look at ways to add value to commonly used software rather than
producing competing, though functionally equivalent applications."

With open standards in place and an effective open-source
community established, collaboration could fill the gaps in EMR
(electronic medical records) technology and network infrastructure.

"Where those standards exist, open source is a good candidate
for implementing them at low cost because there will be less motivation
for proprietary vendors to invest in competing products," said the

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