Tool Evaluation Criteria

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Tool Evaluation Criteria

The following list of general criteria (independent of to which tool category the tool belongs to) should aid HL7/AID/EST in evaluating tools:

Criterium Description
Offers support Up to date documentation, Availability of skilled resources and services
Continued development Follow developments within HL7 (with a reasonable time lag)
Proven usage Used at least 1, or x, sites
Reusable open architecture, developed for re-use as a component in a different "stack", not be tied into one particular solution stack
Unambiguous license No prohibitive licensing small-print, For open products: use should not effectively require the purchase of non-open parts. No hidden "Widget-frosting", should be known ahead of time.
No cost barrier Low cost preferred over high cost