On Mar 24, 2006, at 9:44 PM, Rod Roark wrote:

> I repeat: NOBODY will pay thousands for certification of Free
> Software.  They will use it because they already believe in it.


I have been following the CCHIT process.   I do not consider CCHIT to  
be biased against open source.   I think competing on a level playing  
field for a fair, tough, industry standard certification is good  
idea.   The cost is trivial.   If an open source project cannot  
produce a coherent release candidate and collectively finance its  
certification by CCHIT, then that open source project has not scaled  
up to be a credible package for real clinical situations where lives  
may hang in the balance.

I also think it is a disservice to the open source definition to  
propose a dumbed down parallel open source certification process.   I  
have no plans to pitch physicians on on software they can "believe"  
in.   I want solid open source code that can be equally certified by  
CCHIT alongside NextGen, Centricity, Allscripts, et. al.   I see a  
huge marketing advantage for open source to stand up, get certified,  
and start taking business away from the proprietary vendors.

With best regards,


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will ross
project manager
mendocino informatics
216 west perkins street, suite 206
ukiah, california  95482  usa
707.272.7255 [voice]
707.462.5015 [fax]

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"Getting people to adopt common standards is impeded by patents."
         Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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