BBC: Free software to aid poor doctors

The BBC has an article about VistA and WorldVistA with quotes from FOSS in medicine advocate Joseph Dalmolin: ‘…The appeal of having a unified computer system that can provide quick and easy access to patient records is obvious.

But for developing countries, the cost of such a system can place a huge drain on already stretched healthcare resources.

Mr Molin said this was one of the main attractions of using an open source program like Vista, as there are no upfront costs for the software or license fees to pay.

“It doesn’t cost you $10m for something as complex as this. It wouldn’t cost a lot of money to do an entire country,” he said…’

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