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Making healthcare solution designs available under an open source license allows anyone to improve and contribute to the device design, leading to very rapid innovation compared to traditional methods.

It also enables the design to be modified for very specific uses and makes the devices easy to repair, factors which also reduce the impact these devices have on the environment.

An open source healthcare solution increases safety, security, and robustness by allowing more people to inspect and improve the designs.

Open source also allows many manufacturers to use the same design but differentiate in other ways in order to compete, for example on usability, support or wider interoperability with other healthcare solutions.

[Adapted: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4853539/]