OpenEMR

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OpenEMR
OpenEMRlogo.gif
OpenEMR-Patient Summary 4 1.jpg
Screenshot of the Patient Summary Screen
Stable release 4.1.2 / August 17, 2013; 15 months ago (2013-08-17)
Operating system Linux, Unix-like, OS X, Windows[1]
Type Medical practice management software, Electronic Medical Records
License GNU General Public License
Website www.open-emr.org

OpenEMR[2] is a medical practice management software which also supports Electronic Medical Records (EMR). It is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certified[3][4][5] and it features fully integrated electronic medical records, practice management for a medical practice, scheduling, and electronic billing.

The server side is written in PHP and can be employed in conjunction with a LAMP "stack", though any operating system with PHP support is supported.

OpenEMR is free and open-source software subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). OpenEMR is subject to ongoing efforts of internationalization and localization in multiple languages, and there is free support available in various forums over the world. At the time of writing, commercial support is offered by more than 30 vendors in more than 10 countries.[6]

OpenEMR is one of the most popular free electronic medical records in use today with over 3,700 downloads per month.[7] The community maintains the official OpenEMR web site at open-emr.org.[5][8]

Features[9][edit]

  • ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR Certified
  • Patient Demographics
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical Billing
  • Clinical Decision Rules
  • Patient Portal
  • Reports
  • Advantages and benefits of free and open-source software
  • Security
  • Multilanguage Support
  • Free Support

Adoption[edit]

The market share of a software can be estimated based on sales numbers, but since most free and open-source software is not sold but installed via the package management system of the Linux distribution of choice, the term "installed base" seems rather popular. It is very difficult to estimate the number of practitioners that are using this software.

In the US, it has been estimated that there are more than 5,000 installations of OpenEMR in physician offices and other small healthcare facilities serving more than 30 million patients.[10] Internationally, it has been estimated that OpenEMR is installed in over 15,000 healthcare facilities, translating into more than 45,000 practitioners using the system which are serving greater than 90 million patients.[10] The Peace Corps plan to incorporate OpenEMR into their EHR system.[11][12][13][14][15] Siaya District Hospital, a 220-bed hospital in rural Kenya, is using OpenEMR.[16][17][18][19][20] HP India is planning to utilize OpenEMR for their Mobile Health Centre Project.[21] There are also articles describing single clinician deployments[22][23][24] and a free clinic deployment.[25] Internationally, it is known that there are practitioners in Pakistan,[26] Puerto Rico, Australia, Sweden, Holland, Israel, India,[21][27] Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Bermuda, Armenia, Kenya,[16][17][18][19][20][28] and Greece that are either testing or actively using OpenEMR for use as a free electronic medical records program in the respective languages.

Awards[edit]

OpenEMR has received a Bossie Award in the "The Best Open Source Applications" category in both 2012 and 2013.[29][30][31]

Development[edit]

The official OpenEMR code repository was migrated from CVS to git on 20 October 2010.[32] Currently, the project's official code repository is on Sourceforge.[8] There are also official mirrored code repositories on Github,[33] Google Code,[34] Gitorious,[35] Bitbucket,[36] Assembla,[37] CodePlex[38] and Repo.or.cz.[39]

OpenEMR has a vibrant open-source development community with over 98 developers having contributed to the project.[40][41] There are 205 developers with personal OpenEMR code repositories on Github.[33] Open Hub (formerly Ohloh) says OpenEMR has "a relatively large team, in the top 10% of all project teams on Open Hub".[41]

OEMR[edit]

OEMR[42] is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity that was organized in July, 2010 to support the OpenEMR project.[43] OEMR is the entity that holds the ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification with ICSA Labs.[4][44]

Certification[edit]

Both OpenEMR versions 4.1.0 (released on 9/23/2011), 4.1.1 (released on 8/31/2012) and 4.1.2 (released on 8/17/2013) have ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification.[3][4][5][45] OpenEMR was certified by ICSA Labs[44] and the OEMR[42] organization is a non-profit entity that manages/provides this certification.[4]

History[edit]

OpenEMR was originally developed by Synitech and version 1.0 was released in June 2001 as MP Pro (MedicalPractice Professional).[46] Much of the code was then reworked to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and to improve security, and the product was reintroduced as OpenEMR version 1.3 a year later, in July 2002.[47] On 13 August 2002 OpenEMR was released to the public under the GNU General Public License (GPL), i.e. it became a free and open-source project and was registered on SourceForge.[8] The project evolved through version 2.0 and the Pennington Firm (Pennfirm) took over as its primary maintainer in 2003.[46] Walt Pennington transferred the OpenEMR software repository to SourceForge in March 2005, where it remains today.[48] Mr. Pennington also established Rod Roark, Andres Paglayan and James Perry, Jr. as administrators of the project.[46] Walt Pennington, Andres Paglayan and James Perry eventually took other directions and were replaced by Brady Miller in August 2009.[49] So at this time Rod Roark and Brady Miller are the project's co-administrators.[49]

Releases[edit]

Version Release Date Medical Software
1.0 June, 2001 Released as MP Pro (MedicalPractice Professional)[46]
1.3 July 5, 2002 HIPAA compliance[47] Released as OpenEMR under GPL[47]
2.0.0 June 30, 2003 [50]
2.5.2 March 25, 2004 Support for Health Level 7 (HL7)[51]
2.7.2 June 1, 2005 Calendar overhaul, Added access controls,[52] Code moved to SourceForge[48]
2.8.0 November 11, 2005 Support for UB-92[53]
2.8.1 February 24, 2006 Language translation support[54]
2.8.2 January 14, 2007 Computer Aided Medical Ordering System (CAMOS) module[55] PHP5/MySQL5 Compatible[56]
2.8.3 October 4, 2007 Support for HCFA 1500[57]
2.9.0 August 7, 2008 Customizable layouts[57]
3.0.1 April 8, 2009 Fully integrated phpGACL (PHP Generic Access Control Lists),[57] internationalization and localization efforts started[58]
3.1.0 August 28, 2009 Full support for UTF-8[59]
3.2.0 February 16, 2010 Layout based form builder module[60]
4.0.0 March 26, 2011 ONC Modular Ambulatory EHR certification[61] Code repository changed from cvs to git[32]
4.1.0 September 23, 2011 ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certification[62]
4.1.1 August 31, 2012 Support for ICD-10 translated into 19 languages[45]
4.1.2 August 17, 2013 Interoperability[63]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Mosquera, Mary (2012-02-03). "Peace Corps plans EHR system in 2013". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
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  52. ^ "OpenEMR 2.7.2 Release Notes". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  53. ^ "OpenEMR 2.8.0 Release Notes". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  54. ^ "OpenEMR 2.8.1 Release Notes". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
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