Some say the medical field has historically been an Open Source environment, even before the term “Open Source” came about.

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Geneva — an oath for medical professionals — states “I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare.” Now years later, the true benefits of Open Source technologies compared to those that are proprietary are creating new opportunities and positively impacting healthcare as we know it today and for the future.

The connected infrastructure of Wi-Fi enabled consumer medical devices, Open Source Software (OSS) applications and emerging areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are removing the barriers of time, access and geography, as well as capturing and communicating real-time data that allows healthcare providers to identify, treat, monitor and ultimately, manage patients’ health.

Our community members rely on Open Source technologies to not only advance the medical industry, but improve healthcare — whether it’s through product innovations, delivery solutions or health-related services.  For example, Medtronic and Philips both ramped up their ventilator production to support COVID-19 patients worldwide. MicroPort announced a joint venture with NDR to market, manufacture and develop products — one of which is a robotics system use for lung biopsies — in China.  To assist first responders, Mindray has increased production of its patient monitors and point-of-care ultrasound devices.

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