Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Barriers to Open Source Software Adoption in Quebec’s Health Care Organizations

  • Guy ParéEmail author
  • Michael D. Wybo
  • Charles Delannoy
Original Paper


We conducted in-depth interviews with 15 CIOs to identify the principal impediments to adoption of open source software in the Quebec health sector. We found that key factors for not adopting an open source solution were closely linked to the orientations of ministry level policy makers and a seeming lack of information on the part of operational level IT managers concerning commercially oriented open source providers. We use the case of recent changes in the structure of Quebec’s health care organizations and a change in the commercial policies of a key vendor to illustrate our conclusions regarding barriers to adoption of open source products.


Open source software Barriers to innovation Adoption Software acquisition Health care organizations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canada Research Chair in Information Technology in Health CareHEC MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Information Technology Department, HEC MontréalMontrealCanada

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