Open source openemr
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Articles to convince users why open source emrs are better than proprietary emrs by:
- 1) defining open source software
- 2) describing why open source EMR's are better than proprietary EMR's
- 3) describing how to find a vendor/support
- 4) showing examples of OpenEMR working in practices.
Define open source software and describe why open source EMR's are better than proprietary EMR's.
- This subject is discussed on the following pages/websites:
- Specifically, the 'What is Open Source' and 'Why use an Open Source EMR' sections.
- This will always be a work in progress. For any input, please post in any of the OpenEMR Forums.
- This is a work in progress and is actively discussed in the following OEMR organization forum here: http://www.oemr.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22
Discuss how to choose vendor/support
- This subject is discussed on the following wiki page(linked to 'Support' tab):
- OpenEMR Support Guide (Work in progress with goal of simplifying what needs to be done when looking for a professional developer/vendor. Goal is to incorporate all the below concepts.)
- Looking through the Professional Support web page is an option.
- Main issue is how do new users know which one to choose.
- Asking for recommendations is another option. For example, emailing (or even posting on sourceforge to keep open) what a user is looking for, which is then followed by recommendations from the community.
- Main issue is potential for bias and conflict of interest.
- Also the issue of getting customized code into the official codebase
- Discuss the merits of this, for example:
- Then the new feature will continue to be supported into the future.
- Then the new feature may be improved by others in the future.
- New features in the future won't break the original feature.
- Giving back to the community that provided you with free EMR software.
- Discuss how this will effect the choice of a vendor.
- Should seek a vendor whom has demonstrated ability to get new features into the codebase.
- Is the vendor a 'Certified OpenEMR Contributor'?
- Check for their activity on the forums.
- Check their commit activity: http://github.com/openemr/openemr/commits/master
- Ask the vendor how active they are on the forums and how many features/commits they have contributed to the official codebase.
- Ask for recommendations from others in the community.
- Forum discussion of how to streamline this decision for users is here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openemr/forums/forum/202506/topic/4832281