By Maijaliisa Burkert on Sep 04, 2009
I came across an article this week that took a look at a Danish hospital that reported having "no problems at all" when exchanging ODF-based documents with other hospitals that use Microsoft Office 2003.
The article struck me because it shows that it is possible for large entities to do business solely using OpenOffice.
The key for the hospital was to ensure that the free Sun ODF plugin was installed. After that, there have been no problems with exchanging documents including "large documents with indexes and footnotes," which are reportedly exchanged without problems. The hospital also pointed out that "there is no data loss and there are no significant formatting issues."
However, the real issue at hand is the number of doctors and nurses they were able to gain when they quit paying the licensing fees for Microsoft Office more than five years ago!
It's a good read and shows that OpenOffice, along with many other freely-available open-source products, can be successfully employed in a variety of operations -- including hospitals.