California HealthCare: Open Source Market Assessment

An in-depth article on F/OSS EHR’s including comparisons and contrasts of the front-runners has been published by California Healthcare Foundation: Open-source electronic health record (EHR) systems, have proliferated in recent years. This executive summary presents the findings from an evaluation designed to determine whether these systems, commonly referred to as free and open-source software (FOSS), are suitable as ambulatory EHRs.

The authors investigated a number of FOSS EHR projects to assess their organizational structures, development communities, functional capabilities, and available implementation and support services. The evaluation also analyzed the potential advantages of FOSS EHR systems for physician practices, as well as the limitations and general challenges of this alternative approach to acquiring clinical information technology.’ Linux Medical News is mentioned in the Appendix. Woo hoo! This link courtesy of Alesha Adamson.

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