Medical Practice Management, Electronic Health Records Lead Open Source Projects for Healthcare
An analysis by Black Duck Software shows significant growth in the number of open source development projects for the health care industry. Practice management and electronic records management projects showed the most growth, with CARE2X, a health care software suite, and OpenVista, an open source version of the VistA health care information system, topping the list of active open source health care projects.
Black Duck's analysis shows the number of projects increasing by 13 percent over the past year, with 38 percent more lines of code for a total of over 124 million. Projected development costs for the projects are estimated at $8 billion, $2 billion more than last year.
Peter Vescuso, Executive Vice President of Black Duck Software, said, In addition to improving access to data and bringing innovation to health care IT, the top projects in the Black Duck analysis offer faster time-to-solution and cost-avoidance to an industry facing sweeping reform at the federal level. The increased focus we see on interoperability as a project goal in health care reflects trends in the broader open source community, which supports the increasing role that open source projects can play in advancing the state of health care IT.