Open Source Electronic Medical Records System

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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)
  2. Open Source
  3. Multilanguage Support
  4. Free Upgrades
  5. Free online support
  6. Electronic Billing (includes Medicare)
  7. Document management
  8. Integrated practice management
  9. E-Prescribing
  10. Insurance tracking (3 insurances)
  11. Easy to customize
  12. Easy Installation (Thank You! Brady Miller and Obinna Amalu.)
  13. Voice recognition ready (MS Windows Operating Systems)
  14. Web based (Secure access with SSL certificates)
  15. Integration with external general accounting program SQL-Ledger
  16. Built in Scheduler
  17. Multi-facility capable
  18. Prescriptions by printed script, fax or email


Short Description: 
A free medical practice management, electronic medical records, prescription writing, and medical billing application
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A roadmap is described in this website: No solid schedule for new features to be integrated in the subsquent versions. Development is though coordinated at Source Forge.

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Currently there are practitioners in the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Sweden, Holland, Israel, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Bermuda, Armenia and Kenya that are either testing or actively using OpenEMR for use as a free electronic medical records program. There are many international features and the software has been fully translated in Spanish, Dutch, Greek, and both European and Brazilian Portuguese. Large portions have been translated into Swedish, Norwegian and Chinese. The development group has professional developers, security specialists, and physicians involved in the development process. Currently, OpenEMR receives over $815,000 US dollars in volunteer help and donated software. Currently there are 7 companies that have been supporting OpenEMR by donating software using the GPL license (soucre:

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1. A list of companies that may help in implementing is on this website:

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OpenEMR was originally developed by Synitech and version 1.0 was released in June of 2001 as MP Pro (MedicalPractice Professional). Much of the code was then reworked for HIPAA compliance and improved security, and the product was reintroduced as OpenEMR version 1.3 a year later, in June 2002. The project, now open source, evolved through version 2.0 and the Pennington Firm took over as its primary maintainer in January of 2004. Pennfirm did a good job of making the medical community more aware of OpenEMR, and as more developers and users became active in making improvements, the project’s code base was moved to SourceForge in March of 2005, where it remains today. EHR Live has taken the software and was able to support it on a secure web based infrastructure so clinics throughout the world can use the software without any IT knowledge or support. OpenEMR features include: EHR/EMR System Practice Management (Appointments, Address Book, and Accounting) Electronic Billing to Insurance Clearing Houses EDI Billing to Medicare CPT/ICD9/HCPCS Insurance Coding Prescriptions (E-Prescriptions, Fax, Email or Print) Built-in Rx Database HL7 Support (Interoperability) Web-based with Secure Access (SSL & ACL) Multilanguage Support Voice Recognition Ready (source:

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Browser based EMR's threatens software freedom:


AMIA review on OpenEMR is found here:; another review is found on; A review by the California Health Foundation is found here:

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