HIMSS going open source?

HIMSS going open source?

Summary: This is newsworthy only because HIMSS itself is a collection of highly proprietary vendors. As I said in covering last year's HIMSS show in Orlando, it looked like nothing so much as a 1986 Comdex. That was not meant as a compliment.

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Drupal logoEd Dodds pointed me to this, and while it's not a big story it's a good indication of where we're going.

HealthCareIT News, published by Medtech Publishing in partnership with the HIMSS trade group, has become a Drupal shop.

Drupal, an open source CMS with a commercial arm called Acquia, is a fine choice. In the interest of full disclosure I should add I have used Drupal since 2005 at Voic.Us, although ZDNet uses Wordpress.

This is newsworthy only because HIMSS itself is a collection of highly proprietary vendors. As I said in covering last year's HIMSS show in Orlando, it looked like nothing so much as a 1986 Comdex. That was not meant as a compliment.

HIMSS members are licking their lips over news that healthcare IT will be an important part of health reform, and is burrowing its proprietary advocates up-and-down K Street.

But to build community it's going open source.

What does it mean when a proprietary organization launches a site driven by open source? Not always much. All sorts of sites use Drupal, including entertainment companies building proprietary community databases.

HealthcareIT says its Drupal installation will let it build a new "reader community," a welcome form of interaction I have become well familiar with over the last several years. Congratulations.

The real question on these things isn't whether you're taking feedback, but how you're responding to it, and whether you're letting yourself be steered by it or seeking to steer it yourself.

We'll see what it is in this case.

Topic: Open Source

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  • An elegant Solomon's Solution

    I think that the choice of drupal is an elegant solution to creating a functional portal for an organization of custom vendors.

    Any other platform choice would have been seen as 'lobbied' by one or another vendor.

    Spirovski Bozidar
    http://www.shortinfosec.net
    Bozhidar
  • RE: HIMSS going open source?

    I want to clarify information in your post regarding healthcareitnews.com's new Web site. MedTech Publishing Company is the publisher of Healthcare IT News, and while HIMSS is our partner, they play no role either in the editorial or technology decisions we make. We selected Drupal as our CMS after four months thoroughly investigating our options, but one resource we didn't utilize in the process was HIMSS itself. No one at HIMSS played any role in the decision-making process. As for Drupal, we feel it offers us great flexibility as a content management system. It's nice to join you in the world of Drupal users.

    Thanks,

    Jack Beaudoin
    VP Content and Editorial Director
    MedTech Publishing Company
    jack.beaudoin