GitEHR is engineered to be an interoperable file format for clinical records, free from Vendor Lock-In.
Vendor Lock-in is a well-known term in the technology industry. It describes the result of data tied inherently to a specific product.
One mitigation is interoperable file formats. For example, the
.docx file formats allow one to use a different editor software, if the current becomes unaffordably expensive, without providing sufficient value.
In healthcare - and governmental IT in general - vendor lock-in seems to be a particular problem: there are no interoperable file formats. Even basic data in simple IT systems is wholly linked to the database schema of the software used.
Vendor lock-in leads to problems throughout the entire software lifecycle.