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Open Source Health Information Technology Projects

Open Source Health Information Technology Projects
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Author(s): Evangelos Katsamakas (Fordham University, USA), Balaji Janamanchi (Texas A&M International University, USA), Wullianallur Raghupathi (Fordham University, USA) and Wei Gao (Fordham University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 18
Source title: Computer Engineering: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-456-7.ch111


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This chapter discusses the growth of open source software projects in healthcare. It proposes a research framework that examines the roles of project sponsorship, license type, development status and technological complements in the success of open source health information technology (HIT) projects, and it develops a systematic method for classifying projects based on their success potential. Using data from Sourceforge, an open source software development portal, we find that although project sponsorship and license restrictiveness influence project metrics, they are not significant predictors of project success categorization. On the other hand, development status, operating system, and programming language are significant predictors of an OSS project’s success categorization. We discuss research and application implications and suggest future research directions.

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