Facilitating the Adoption of Open Source Technologies for UK Health Care: An Ecosystem Framework

Ying Liao, Kiran Jude Fernandes, Denise Downs, Gill Foley

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Open source initiatives like the U.S. Veteran VistA has had a profound impact on how services can be delivered to patients. Despite the growing support for the use of open source technologies in general and healthcare in particular, the United Kingdom healthcare community has been slow to adopt these technologies. Key reasons cited for this has been the lack of government policy and initiatives to support business to operate commercially in this sector. This article proposes a framework for implementing a UK e-health open source ecosystem that can potentially foster the re-use of software components and promote interoperable software solutions in the National Health Service (NHS) to support improved patient-centred care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2011)
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Winner of the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) award to the author with the highest-rated submitted paper.

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