The solution to the problem of flexibility lies in free and open
source software. India has already adopted open source approaches in
administrative systems and education projects. This represents a good
policy foundation on which to build a national eHealth system. It
could, for a start, leverage the strengths of the large open source
software community. The outcome would be a common electronic health
platform covering clinical and administrative functions for government
as well as private institutions, with full interoperability. What is
more, the open source nature of the project is bound to attract
software companies and communities of programmers to come up with
innovative health applications.
Any responsible politician should be encouraging a home grown Free
Software industry because it creates the basis for future jobs.
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