An Empirical Investigation Into the Adoption of Open Source Software in Hospitals
Source: University of Maryland
Open source software (OSS) has gained considerable attention recently in health care. Yet, how and why OSS is being adopted within hospitals in particular remains a poorly understood issue. This research attempts to further this understanding. A mixed-method research approach was used to explore the extent of OSS adoption in hospitals as well as the factors facilitating and inhibiting adoption. The findings suggest a very limited adoption of OSS in hospitals. Hospitals tend to adopt general-purpose instead of domain-specific OSS.