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The OpenEMR Documentation Wiki

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.

  • Ask Here at the official OpenEMR forums.
  • Or try our new IRC channel at #openemr

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


Official Demos

Development Demos


  • OpenEMR Downloads : This is the main OpenEMR download page.
  • Patches : Most recent patch for OpenEMR versions 4.1.0, 4.0.0, 3.2.0, and 3.1.0 can be found here.
  • Contributed Forms : A new place for contributed forms to be shared

Installation and Upgrade Manuals

Configuration Manuals

Configuring Modules

User Manuals

Feature Requests and Active Projects

Developer Manuals



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.

Development Guides

Embedded Components

  • Jquery: a javascript toolkit, that makes writing javascript easier.
  • PhpGacl: OpenEMR's embedded php-GACL (access controls).
  • PhpMyAdmin: OpenEMR's embedded phpMyAdmin (database administration tool).

File Formats Used

Release Process

Package Development

Project Tools


Virtual Appliances

Documents on the Web

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

Wiki Instructions

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.