An article I wrote about Vendor Lock-in in health software has been published in the recent Fall 07 edition of EHR Scope. From the article:
You can fire your paint store, your dentist, your lawyer, your mechanic and even your
doctor. You can fire them for any reason. Yet you cannot fire your proprietary EHR software vendor. Or at least, not without also changing the software that you use. So I guess you could fire your proprietary software vendor, but only in the sense that you could “fire” your mechanic, if it meant you were forced to buy a new car.
I will give EHR Scope the exclusive on the article for a few months, and then I will republish it on GPLMedicine.org