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Overview of OpenEMR
OpenEMR is a Free and Open Source electronic health records and medical practice management application. It is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certified and it features fully integrated electronic health records, practice management, scheduling, electronic billing, internationalization, free support, a vibrant community, and a whole lot more. It can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and many other platforms.
- Frequently Asked Questions go here.
- Have a question to ask?
Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
- Information on how eligible provider should register can be found here:
- After being tested in the ICSA Labs ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Certification Program, OpenEMR 4.1 attained Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification, satisfying the requirements for the following criteria per the ONC Approved Test Procedures v1.1:
- Certification for OpenEMR 4.1 was officially achieved on August 19th, 2011.
- See this page for details:
Commercial and Professional Support
The OpenEMR project has a large number of vendors and individuals who offer their services supporting, installing, hosting and customizing OpenEMR.
Commercial Help: Professional OpenEMR installation and support
- OpenEMR Version 4.2.x Development Demo -- This demo is of the newest development version of OpenEMR, and may contain features known not to work yet.
- OpenEMR Version 4.1.x Development Demo -- This demo is of the current stable release of OpenEMR with latest patch applied (there is no sample data).
- OpenEMR Version 4.0.x Development Demo -- This demo is of the previous stable release of OpenEMR with latest patch applied (there is no sample data).
Installation and Upgrade Manuals
- Backup - Backup Tools: Backup Methods and Scripts in OpenEMR - Protecting Your Data
- Database - Database Conversion Tools: Changing Data For Use in OpenEMR
- Find - Search HowTos: Finding Things in OpenEMR - The Various Search Methods Used
- Forms - Form Creation Tools: Tools for editing existing forms, and creating new forms in OpenEMR.
- Language Translation Configuration: OpenEMR has a thriving translation community with languages already available. If you have an interest in translating OpenEMR into your native language, please let us know.
- Layout Selection: OpenEMR now has three visual layouts to choose from. These instruction show how to configure this along with comparison screenshots.
- Patient Statement Printing/Configuration Howtos
- SSL Install Howtos
- UTF-8 Upgrade Howto
- 4.1 User Manual
- 4.0 User Manual
- OpenEMR 3.2 Users Guide in PDF
- OpenEMR 3.1 Users Guide in PDF
- OpenEMR 3.0 Users Guide in PDF
- 2.8.0 User Manual
- CAMOS module: CAMOS (Computer Aided Medical Ordering System) is, on the surface, just a fancy interface for organizing and choosing pieces of text to insert into a patient's chart. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. It can be turned on in OpenEMR via the admin->forms menu.
- Cross Reference of Radio Button Menu and Tree View
- Pharmacy Dispensary
- Simple Note Templates
- Credit Card Processing Inside OpenEMR
- Clinical Decision Rules
- Patient Portal
- Import RxNorm and SNOMED Tables
- Previews of Forms Distributed with OpenEMR
Feature Requests and Active Projects
- Information For New Developers: If you are a developer looking to contribute to the project, check this page for details on how to get started.
- Policies for Developers: Agreed upon policies developers must observe (or provide a good reason not to).
- Language Translation Development: A HOWTO on helping with translation of OpenEMR in your native language.
- Typical Work Flow in a Medical Clinic: A guide for developers who need to improve their knowledge of the work flow in an ambulatory clinic
- Architecture Overview: Overview of OpenEMR's system architecture.
- Automated Testing: OpenEMR has an automated test suite designed to help ensure that the code does what it's supposed to and that new features do not break existing features.
- How to Document Code: A guide for developers to document their code properly.
- PhpXref: For those of you familiar with PhpXref, here is a parsed copy of 4.0.0. It needs more documentation
- Our git Repository structure, work flow, and developer roles: This describes our current git repository structure, work flow, and current developer/contributor roles.
- git For Dummies: This is a quick, practical OpenEMR walk through with the goal of getting new developers up and working with git as quick as possible.
- Using Git with OpenEMR: Example workflow for preparing patches for OpenEMR with Git.
- Git Migration: Documentation of the migration from the cvs repository to the git repository.
Modules and Modular Interfaces
- The Forms API: an interface for adding additional encounter and non-encounter based forms.
- Lists and Layouts: built-in List editing, and simple form layout editor.
- Sending Email: Preferred mechanism of sending email(s).
- Prescribing Module: Walk-through of the prescribing module.
- Code Types: Explains the current scheme for containing code types (such as ICD9, CPT) etc.
File Formats Used
- X12 837p Reference: A reference for the X12 billing files OpenEMR generates.
- Steps for an official release: Documented the steps for an official full release.
- OpenEMR Copyright Notice: Contributors (testers, bug fixers, developers, etc.) can enter their information here if they want to by included in the Copyright Notice.
- New Features in Each Release: New features in each release (starting from version 4.0).
- Status of an ongoing new release process: Listing of active bugs and planned features with status for an ongoing release.
- Common Installation Problems -- problems people have experienced installing OpenEMR, and (hopefully) their solutions.
Documents on the Web
- OpenEMR on Wikipedia
- Technical Aspects of OpenEMR. Julia Weatherby
- OpenEMR Architecture. T. Simbini
- The OpenEMR Community. Margaret Donahue
- Open Source Electronic Health Records: In Public Policy. Bob Hoyt
- Open Source Electronic Health Records: in Practice. Bob Hoyt
- Taking medical records into the digital age - Great Article on IBM DeveloperWorks Blog
Videos and Presentations on the Web
- OSCON Presentation
- Dr Sam Bowen and Tony McCormick were speakers at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland.
- Slide Show PDF + notes, Taking OpenEMR, a GPL EMR to ARRA Meaningful Use Certification and beyond Presentation:
- It was recorded for video and is available on YouTube:
- Blog Posts:
- POSSCON Videos of a speech Dr Sam Bowen and Tony McCormick presented at a South Carolina Open Source Convention.
Organizations Supporting OpenEMR
- OEMR wiki: OEMR is a non project 501(c)(3) organization that supports the OpenEMR project.
- Open Source Medical Software Wiki: Open Source Medical Software is a not-for-profit company whose charter is to support all forms of FLOSS EHR/EMR and Health care related software projects.
- Sourceforge provides the OpenEMR project with free tools, including project management, file release repository, bug tracker, forums, and web space/server for the OpenEMR project web page and wiki.
Other Affiliated Projects
- International Planned Parenthood Foundation
- Liberty Health Software Foundation http://www.libertyhsf.org/
- Tomorrow's Bread Today http://www.tbt.org
- Patient Physician Cooperatives http://www.patientphysiciancoop.com
- Women's Health Services of Sante Fe, New Mexico (it is not clear whether this are still an active project)
- Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.