Free software software is gaining momentum as the most popular free software operating system, with the software now used in nearly half of all medical device deployments worldwide.
The most popular Free Software Operating System, Linux, now accounts for about 45 percent of all software licenses, according to a new study by market research firm IDC.
Linux is also a popular operating system for medical devices, with more than 3 million medical devices in use globally.
More:The Linux operating system is now used by roughly 6 million devices worldwide, with a significant number of them being medical devices.
Linux is a software based operating system that has been around for decades, but in the past few years, its adoption has picked up, according a report by IDC published today.
More importantly, the number of medical devices that run Linux has increased, and in fact, is now the most widely used operating system in healthcare.
The report says that since the beginning of the year, more than 4 million medical device licenses have been used by Linux-based healthcare systems, and over 50 percent of those licenses are being used for patient monitoring, diagnosis and monitoring.
Linux-based devices also account for nearly 15 percent of the global medical device market.
The market is expected to reach $14.2 billion in 2020, up from $10.3 billion in 2017.
The new report estimates that medical devices running Linux will account for $10 billion in healthcare revenue by 2020, with an expected rise in medical device revenues from over $10,000 in 2020 to over $21,000 by 2020.
The study also says that Linux is now a dominant operating system among doctors.
Linux accounted for nearly 50 percent, or 17.4 million, of the doctors’ licenses for the first half of this year, with Linux devices accounting for roughly 9.2 percent of licenses for doctors.
By 2020, Linux is expected use more than 50 percent (31.4 percent) of the devices that are used by doctors worldwide, IDC reports.
In 2020, more Linux-enabled devices are expected to account for more than 5 million medical licenses, up by more than 300,000 licenses from the previous year.
The Linux-powered medical devices accounted for more licensees than the total number of licenses sold worldwide, the report found.
The research was conducted in conjunction with IDC’s healthcare division.