Healthcare organizations add open source to cloud options for IT flexibility

As healthcare organizations add more tools and devices organizations to their IT infrastructure, they are turning to open source software that fits more complex and unique IT ecosystems.

Jeff Rowe | Oct 23, 2017 12:00 am

Along with the cloud, open source software is gaining popularity in healthcare as organizations use it to quickly adopt new technology that further advances IT solutions.

In response to that demand, PrismTech recently announced that it’s expanding its Vortex data distribution service (DDS) to include an open source option, Eclipse Cyclone. Users have access to the full source code supported by the Eclipse Foundation.

“Expanding to open source is an efficient, effective and logical solution to address the industry’s challenges of moving data in a high performance, distributed system,” ADLINK Technology Executive and Vice President of IoT Strategy and Business Solutions Rob Risany said in a statement. “Whether standard open source or additional support is required, we are providing customers with the future proofing and scalability made possible through our powerful, elegant DDS solutions.”

The DDS solution aims to assist organizations that are introducing more Internet of Things (IoT) and connected medical devices into their health IT infrastructure. According to PrismTech, open source distributed systems will be more compatible with other IT tools that make up an entity’s IT infrastructure as organizations move away from siloed and centralized solutions.

“With the continued growth of the Industrial IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous machine technology, we fully anticipate DDS to serve as the data sharing platform of choice,” said Risany. “Quite frankly, its strengths such as responsiveness, scalability and fault tolerance are just too compelling.”

One advantage of open source, say experts, is that IT administrators don’t have to abide by rigid rules when adding different elements to their IT infrastructure. Instead, staff members have the option of fitting their open source solution to meet infrastructure demands.

In a recent interview with, Craig Klein, director of healthcare at Red Hat, an open source provider, said open source is the key to fast health IT innovation that will help the industry defeat some of its biggest technological challenges, such as interoperability and security.

“Open Source is used a lot of different ways in healthcare,” said Klein. “The best way to understand why it’s been doing so well in the healthcare world is to think about how doctors work. Doctors collaborate and get together with other doctors of similar specialties and different specialties. Their theory is if you have more people working on the problem you’re going to find a better solution. There’s specialist working with general practitioners and multiple specialist working on a single case.”

Klein added that the same is true with open source with multiple people working on a similar problem.