The Prescription for Health Care: Open Software or Forklifts?

Would open source software get more doctors and hospitals online faster with systems that are compatible? I had a very interesting series of conversations last week that touched on this and the other challenges of health care technology.

First, I spoke to Mike Lawrie, the chief executive of Misys PLC, a maker of finance and health software. On Wednesday, Misys announced that it was taking its product for linking physicians’ offices and hospitals, Misys Connect, and making it open source.