Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, Open Source
Open Source applications are continuing to gain popularity in the health care market. Some products have gained users including OpenMRS, Mirth, VistA EHR, Connect, and ClearCanvas. Unfortunately there has not been wide adoption from independent physician’s practices of many of these products, despite the high costs and complexity of EHR packages.
There have been many attempts from the software development community and start-ups to deliver the next best open source EHR, and some are beginning to truly show their potential. GaiaEHR is an open source web-based application that provides electronic medical records, scheduling capabilities, and billing as well as prescribing capabilities. It is an application that runs on Apache web server using the free database engine MySQL. It’s operational on any browser and it is also supported through many widely used mobile platforms.
The following are some of the highlights of the product:
Open architecture: The application’s design will enable further improvements and extendability. This allows for further development of interfaces with other systems such as low-income subsidy (LIS), health information exchanges (HIEs), and other platforms.
Fully functional: The application offers several of the functions that are needed from an EHR application like tracking patients’ vitals, listing problems and medication and other health related data.
Interactive and friendly user interface: The web application is very easy to use and intuitive. You are able to get to where you need to be quickly with its clean and functional accessibility.
Web-based solutions: This open source application is completely web based, as described earlier.
There is still little known about the application and its author. The solution is robust and has the potential to attract many health care software developers to improve on it and contribute with additional functionality, according to the initial review of the GaiaEHR source code. A product like this may be one of the examples of disruptions to the current EHR arena and can one day provide a strong option for physicians to adopt an open source package. The application is available for download and also does not require client-side installs or substantial horsepower on the end users’ workstation.