You may recall an “earlier LMN posting”:http://www.linuxmednews.com/1115819855/index_html that refered to a blog by Brad Barclay. The blog was inspired by the underwhelming response regarding open source strategies by three healthcare IT decision makers at eHealth2005.
I had an opportunity a few days later at a “BCHIMPS”:http://www.bchimps.bc.ca/ meeting to ask Mr. Richard Alverez, CEO Canada Health Infoway, specifically his strategy for open source licensed software use in Infoway projects. His response led me to believe that there is some confusion regarding the concepts of the open source licenses and specific software packages. As well as a general lack of awareness of the long term benefits that open source software can bring.