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This year, Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas, became the first community hospital in the country to adopt Open Source-based electronic health records (EHR). The implementation reflects the emergence of Open Source alternatives in healthcare applications as well as the growing movement to computerize patient medical records to reduce costs and improve patient care. At Midland, these two trends culminated in the deployment of Medsphere Systems' OpenVista, a Linux-based EHR platform with roots in the highly acclaimed Open Source VistA system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The software was installed on clustered HP servers running Red Hat Linux and was phased in over a seven-month period at two hospital campuses in this city of 95,000, located midway between El Paso and Fort Worth. The campuses are linked by a dedicated high-speed Giga... (more)