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One of the many health answers

It’s long been our contention that no one silver bullet will solve the health care fiscal crisis (and we do so define it). But the hail of a million smaller bullets can bring it under control.

Just after the Regence hearing in Portland, we walked over a few plugs to an unrelated meeting were some actual health care cost solutions emerged.

This was at the Portland Linux Users Group, which focuses on linux and open source software. Here was tonight’s subject: “Introduction to OpenEMR, maybe the most downloaded open source Electronic Health Records system in the world.” Open source means, among other things, that the cost is going to massively less than you’d see from most commercial software providers.

The recent federal health care law requires more extensive and meaningful use of software to track health care provision and costs, and new kinds of software will be needed. Tony McCormick, a project leader for this effort, which spelled out is “open electronic medical records,” said that number of downloads has increased drastically in the last couple of years.

The whole medical field has had very little by way of open source software – most of what has been and will be in that area is apt to be riotously expensive. Sounds of a piece of the industry … but it doesn’t have to be that way. McCormick would be happy to talk about it.

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