Open-Source Cancer Diagnosis

Pete Swabey | InformationAge | April 11, 2013

The Free Diagnostic Pathology Software Project uses the open source principle to give doctors access to improved cancer testing workflows

The open source model is not just a way to share free code. 

Good software encapsulates expertise and experience, allowing the user to perform some action better than they could before. An open source software project can, therefore, be a way to share and build knowledge. 

The Free Diagnostic Pathology Software Project is proof of this principle. The project offers free access to improved workflows and reporting practices for analysing cancer cells, developed by the NHS, through an open licence.

That could lead to a measurable improvement in the cost and effectiveness of cancer diagnosis, all around the world.