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Open Source for Health

Much has been said about open source and there are better sites that give more information (, But let me write about free and/or open source software (FOSS) for health.

I am biased towards enforcing FOSS fundamentals for health applications especially those which are mission-critical. The reason is that a full audit of the software should be possible *before* the application is used in a production environment and especially when a mishap occurs causing injury.

Our experience at NThC reveals that there is a need for an auditing system for software to be applied in clinical environments. Tests should be created to guide developers, and a monitoring system to document application performance should be made available to the regulators.

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