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Patents will undermine useability

From: Charlie Brooks <Charlie@HBCS.Org>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 15:15:07 -0500
Message-Id: <200110051815.OAA16848@Mail.HBCS.Org>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dear Madam or Sir
  On behalf of Hospital Billing Collection Service, Ltd. (which is a large 
consortium of non-profit hospitals, clinics and medical centers in the United 
States of North America) I would like to register our strong disaproval of the 
proposed inclusion of patented technologies in W3 Open Standards.
  Our members use many differing proprietary technologies due to the many 
unusual requirements of modern medical science.  To date, we have found 
Open Standards (such as the IETF's Internet Protocol and your existing 
standards) to be a great help in our mission to integrate hospital medical 
records and systems in a secure, supportable way at minimum cost. 
  Our own focus, as you might assume from the name of our organization, is 
billing data.  However, all medical record-keeping and information 
distribution is subject to the same realities I've described.   Proprietary 
software vendors have shown no great humanitarian conscience in this 
  Furthermore, I believe the entire non-profit sector benefits tremendously 
from free and open software, and the RAND proposal would have a severely 
deletorious effect on many fine institutions such as libraries, museums, and 
community centers that cannot afford proprietary software implementations.
  Thank you for your extension of the comment period to allow me to find out 
about this situation.  As you have probably realized, there is a much larger 
community that will be affected by your decisions than is able to follow your 
mailing lists.
--Charlie Brooks
Senior System Engineer
Hospital Billing Collection Service, Ltd
Received on Friday, 5 October 2001 15:15:46 UTC

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