A Look At OpenEMR – “OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution.”

OpenEMR [link is to the official website] is a well-regarded open source  electronic medical record] EMR.

You can follow OpenEMR on Twitter  @OpenEMR

In this post, I’m going to explore OpenEMR [this link is to the Wikipedia article]. Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia article:

OpenEMR[1] is a medical practice management software which also supports Electronic Medical Records (EMR). It is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certified[2][3][4] 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.[5]

OpenEMR is one of the most popular free electronic medical records in use today with over 7000 downloads per month.[6]


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.[8] 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.[8] The Peace Corps plan to incorporate OpenEMR into their EHR system.[9][10][11][12][13] Siaya District Hospital, a 220-bed hospital in rural Kenya, is using OpenEMR.[14][15][16][17][18] HP India is planning to utilize OpenEMR for their Mobile Health Centre Project.[19] There are also articles describing single clinician deployments[20][21][22] and a free clinic deployment.[23] Internationally, it is known that there are practitioners in Pakistan,[24] Puerto Rico, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, India,[19][25] Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Bermuda, Armenia, Kenya,[14][15][16][17][18][26] and Greece that are either testing or actively using OpenEMR for use as a free electronic medical records program in the respective languages.[27]


OpenEMR [Link is to the official site]

Fully Open-Source.
Free, Always and Forever.
2014 ONC Complete EHR Certified.

OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution. ONC certified with international usage, OpenEMR’s goal is a superior alternative to its proprietary counterparts. With passionate volunteers and contributors dedicated to guarding OpenEMR’s status as a free, open source software solution for medical practices with a commitment to openness, kindness and cooperation.












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