OpenEMR is a Free and Open Source electronic health records and medical practice management application that can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and many other platforms. OpenEMR is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certified and is one of the most popular open source electronic medical records in use today. OpenEMR is supported by a strong community of volunteers and professionals all with the common goal of making OpenEMR a superior alternative to its proprietary counterparts. The OpenEMR community is dedicated to guarding OpenEMR's status as a free, open source software solution for medical practices and is dedicated to maintaining a spirit of openness, kindness and cooperation.
Open-source software is software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Open source code evolves through community cooperation and collaboration. These communities are composed of individual programmers as well as very large companies. Traditional proprietary companies compete with each other and software solutions must be invented anew for each company which wastes valuable resources. In contrast, open source communities and companies collaborate their resources to build software much more efficiently. It has been reported that open-source software has resulted in at least $60 billion dollars in savings to consumers.
If Open Source software has resulted in $60 billion dollars in savings to consumers, then isn't it about time the healthcare sector also started to benefit from Open Source software?
Just imagine the following:
1. You have access to free, feature-rich EMR software.
2. You have complete control over this EMR software.
3. You have complete control over your patient's data.
4. You can hire (and fire) whomever you want to support your EMR software.
An Open Source EMR provides all of these things!!!
OpenEMR provides all of these things!!!