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[Gnumed-devel] Vertical support vs layered support for EMRs

From: James Busser
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] Vertical support vs layered support for EMRs
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 00:51:34 -0700

I am getting close to arrange for my server to host a current version of Osc*r for real personal clinical use (while remaining interested to try some interoperability with GNUmed).

Locally, the Fedora distro seems favored. However, having spent some time and money on someone to do all the setup for me so far under Debian, I am reluctant to have all its work (including some extra cron and backup and security configuration) all torn down just so it can be reloaded with the single distro of "comfort" of the local Osc*r service provider.

It seems to me that if an open source EMR ought to be able to run on multiple OSs, there is a downside to being made to accept vertical solutions. Therefore I have found 3 local companies all of which are happy to provide server maintenance and support for Debian and willing to partner loosely with whomever would provide the EMR application support. That also seems to me a more flexible model if an EMR should suddenly start to experience any growth.

Does this sound reasonable, or am I just being difficult and/or spiting myself?

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