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Open Source and Free EMR Systems

December 12th, 2009

The commercial EMR systems cost physicians somewhere between $20 to $50 thousands, depending on vendor and different revenue models (subscription, lease, upfront, …)

That motivates some Physicians to look into alternative, free or open sources, options.
(Intentionally separating free vs. open source, as those are necessarily not the same)
Recently I researched available open source options that includes more than 40 products!!!
Among those I found the following three to be the best:
New Jersey’s Hoboken University Medical Center , Blue Mountain Hospital in Utah and Kern Medical Center of Bakersfield, Calif. are among organizations that have recently decided to go with Open Source EMR Systems.
Of course one pending question on Open Source EHR solutions is about CCHIT certifications.
On June 18, the Certification Commission unveiled new options for CCHIT certifications to support self-developed and open source community in an effort to better position itself as the certification agency required under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
At the same time some organizations and consulting firms are taking matters in their own hands, by applying for CCHIT certificate for a "modified" or "commercialized" branch of Open Source code. WorldVista is a good example.

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