By Andy Oram – 10 September 2015
It’s hard to argue with the success of the open source model. Although a few high-profile projects–Linux, Hadoop–stand as models of what can be accomplished in the larger world of software, the health care field can points to plenty projects of of its own. Open source EHRs such as VistA have failed to penetrate the industry the way Linux has taken over operating systems. But wherever developers instead of corporate managers have say in the software used, such as in tools for data translation and processing, one finds them collaborating on open source solutions.