South Africa plans to go with open source software for e-Health system

The South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) plans to develop an electronic health record system (EHR) for the national Department of Health. For the nationwide adoption of the project, the department considers an open source based development and calls for tenders. SITA has extended the deadline for responses to its request for information to August 12, 2005.

According to Joseph Dal Molin, a Director of WorldVistA, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the spread of open-source software based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), the use of open source software would come along with possibility to save a large of amount of IT expenses compared with the adoption of a proprietary solution.