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Getting Started to Public Domain and Open Source Software

Health centers, other safety-nets and ambulatory care providers implementing Open Source solutions will need to determine their resources to support this initiative, specifically as it pertains to technical requirements, economic feasibility, staff expertise and site readiness. The purpose of this module is to guide an organization through this decision-making process.

What specific expertise do we need when implementing an Open source solution like VistA or RPMS?

What options are there for support of an Open source solution?

What are the costs of implementing open source software and how do they compare to traditional systems?

What are the economic advantages of using open source software?

What are the technical requirements necessary to support RPMS?

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