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OpenEMR

OpenEMR is free, open source software for the health care industry. OpenEMR integrates medical practice management, electronic medical record (EMR) patient scheduling and electronic billing functionality. Additional features include e-prescribing, a patient portal and a clinical decision support system.

OpenEMR version 4.1 is Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Complete Ambulatory EHR Certified. This means that health care providers using the software are eligible to receive incentive payments from the federal government under the meaningful use program introduced in 2009's Health Information technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). OpenEMR v4 is Modular Ambulatory EHR Certified. This means that it meets some, but not all, meaningful use criteria. ("Complete" certification means that a product meets all criteria.)

As an open source application, OpenEMR offers health care practices customization options that many client-based EMR and electronic health record (EHR) applications lack. OpenEMR is compatible with the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu) operating systems. 

This was last updated in July 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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