Open Source Electronic Medical Records System

OpenEMR is a free medical practice management, electronic medical records, prescription writing, and medical billing application. These programs are also referred to as electronic health records. OpenEMR is licensed under the General Gnu Public License (General GPL). It is a free open source replacement for medical applications such as Medical Manager, Health Pro, and Misys. It features support for EDI billing to clearing houses such as Availity, MD-Online, MedAvant and ZirMED using ANSI X12.

Major features of OpenEMR:

  1. Free (Free Libre Open Source Software)

Community Health Information Tracking System

CHITS is short for the Community Health Information Tracking system, a free and open source software electronic health record system for local government health centers in the Philippines.

Open Source Clinical Application Resource

OSCAR through its product suite and partnerships offers a unique model for connecting care and creating community. (http://oscarmcmaster.org/?page_id=18)

OSCAR consists of a suite of five applications which together help to improve and enhance an organization’s ability to provide the highest level of care possible. Through the integration of these applications into their technological infrastructure, users are able to achieve quality improvements and realize cost efficiencies within health case and social service settings.

Hospital OS

The Hospital Management Software can support a hospital that has less than 100 beds and about 300 out-patients per day. It has the following basic features:

  1. Registration and simple Electronic Medical Record system
  2. Out-patient service
  3. In-patient service
  4. Investigation: X-ray, Laboratory request and result report
  5. Pharmacy: dispensary and stock
  6. Cashier
  7. Management information system and Financial Information Management system

(source: http://www.hospital-os.com/en/aboutUs.php)

World Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture

WorldVistA EHRTM is an open source electronic health record (EHR) based on the highly acclaimed VistA system of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The foundation for WorldVistA EHR was developed as part of the VistA-Office project, a collaborative effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Open Medical Records System

OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge (although medical and systems analysis knowledge is required). It is a common platform upon which medical informatics efforts in developing countries can be built. The system is based on a conceptual database structure which is not dependent on the actual types of medical information required to be collected or on particular data collection forms and so can be customized for different uses.

"OpenOffice" is dying; reincarnates into LibreOffice

Yes, folks, you read it right. OpenOffice as we are wont to calling it will have to be laid to rest.

In case you have not heard, Oracle has already bought Sun, which used to own Java programming language, Solaris operating system, MySQL database package, and OpenOffice productivity suite. Since the acquisition in mid-2009, the "opensource-ness" of these softwares has been doubted. The future of these brands has been subjected to intense debate, what with the stronger claim by Oracle of these brands. The open source and user communities wonder whether they will still continue to enjoy the freedom that used to come with them.

In The World: Health care in the palm of a hand

MIT-led student team develops mobile-device software to help improve health-care accessibility in remote regions.
by Morgan Bettex, MIT News Office

MIT News: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/itw-sana-0927.html

Using Sana, health-care workers take photos of precancerous lesions inside a patient’s mouth in India. Those images were then transmitted to an oncologist for diagnosis. Photo: RJ Ryan


According to the United Nations Foundation, there are about 5 billion mobile-device subscribers worldwide. Two-thirds of those are in low- and middle-income countries, many of whose citizens lack easy access to health care and must travel great distances — often hundreds of miles — to the nearest medical clinic.

Now, a team of student and faculty volunteers based at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) under the guidance of Peter Szolovits, professor of computer science and engineering and of health science and technology, has developed a way to use mobile-device technology to improve health-care access in developing countries. Known as Sana, which means “healthy” in Spanish and Italian, the open-source software system relies on smart phones running Google’s Android operating system to connect health-care workers in rural regions with physicians in urban areas. Using the Sana application on their phones, the workers collect patient data, including pictures and video, and send them in a text message to an electronic -record database. A doctor then reviews the data and sends a preliminary diagnosis to the health-care worker by text.

Open Electronic Health Records-GeHR

openEHR is about enabling ICT to effectively support healthcare, medical research and related areas. Today ICT is used ubiquitously elsewhere, but is far from effective in Healthcare. The main problem in health is the lack of shareable and computable information. The GeHR (Australia) project was the precursor to the modern openEHR project.

ict@innovation Training Handbook release: "Free your IT-Business in Africa!"

Applicable also in other countries/region:

"How can I build a sustainable business around Free and Open Source Software in Africa?"

In order to answer this frequently asked question by young African IT-business owners, InWEnt and FOSSFA are pleased to present "ict@innovation: Free your IT-Business in Africa!” - a set of advanced training materials on African Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Business Models for IT-enterprises.

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