Computerized medical records has a number of clinical benefits, however, recent proprietary systems are of high cost which makes it difficult for some medical practitioners. A cost effective alternative is the use of OpenEMR. OpenEMR is a free Open source, Practice management, Electronic Medical Records, prescription writing and medical billing application. Have Multilanguage support, free upgrades, free online support, insurance tracking, voice recognition, integration with external general accounting program SQL-Ledger, and built in scheduler. Its scheduling supports multiple facilities and notifies patients for appointments via email and sms. It has a compact and flexible appointment calendar, features include finding open appointment slots, categories for appointment types, colors associated with appointment types, repeating appointments, and the ability to restrict appointments based on type. It is of great use in tracking patients’ demographics that include primary information (name, date of birth, sex, and identification), marital status, contact information of patient and patient’s employer, primary provider, HIPAA information, and language and ethnicity. Prescriptions are by printed script, fax or email and search drugs online. Medical Billing has a flexible system of coding including CPT, HCPCS and ICD codes and the ability to add others and also support for electronic billing to clearing houses, support for paper claims, medical claim management interface, insurance tracking interface, accounts receivable interface, and EOB entry interface. OpenEMR supports the use of multiple languages within the same clinic. Currently supports English (American), English (Indian), Dutch, Greek, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Spanish, and Swedish. Any language can be added and translated in a collaborative Google Docs spreadsheet maintained by the OpenEMR community. It as well supports fine-grained per user access controls, and with a security certificate installed, it is accessible from any web browser. It is also easy to customize and install.
It is one of the most multifaceted electronic medical records, operates in Unix-like systems (Linux, UNIX, and BSD systems), Microsoft systems, Mac OS X and other platforms. Its members are composed of software developers, security specialists, as well as physicians and others with extensive medical and billing knowledge. It is released under the GNU General Public License. With its source code available to the general public, it’s free to view, download, use and modify. Currently there are seven companies that have been supporting OpenEMR by donating software using this license. Some of its guiding principles include keeping OpenEMR 100% free software under the GNU GPL; maintain a spirit of openness, kindness and cooperation; give back to the free software community; document changes and improvements; do not hide problems; do not discriminate against persons or groups, subject to their focus on the field of medicine and they encourage the use of OpenEMR in other languages; and avoid needless complexity, to include software design, installation, maintenance and usability. OpenEMR has the broadest user support and developer support. Currently there are practitioners in the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Sweden, Holland, Israel, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Bermuda, Armenia and Kenya.Its clients include clinics from two person practices, to large, multiprovider clinics. These clinics are provided with everything they need, bringing secure, reliable, and affordable electronic medical records into their practice. Let’s grab this opportunity to get the software and service we need without the bank breaking cost.
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