Category Archives: OpenEMR

New HCFA Edit and Print Capabilities for OpenEMR

The latest development effort of Pennington Firm, LLC for OpenEMR is a new open source medical billing component able to produce and edit HCFA 1500 forms. The latest development is an object oriented application developed using Java. The new billing feature includes several enhancements over the existing HCFA entry and printing capabilities. The new software includes both the tools to create the forms, and a web interface to edit and override the system generated information. Edits to the HCFA information can be accomplished in either the HCFA Proof screen or by editing the information at its source in OpenEMR. For more information on open source HCFA and EDI billing, please see the OpenEMR web site.

PR: OpenEMR at Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition

OpenEMR will be presented at the Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition by Walt Pennington.

When: Sunday, February 13, 2005 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015

Who: Walt Pennington of Pennington Firm, LLC

Other speakers at the Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition include:

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Medical Manager Dealer and Two Billing Companies Choose Open Source EMR

Two medical billing companies and a consulting company specializing in WebMD’s Medical Manager software choose OpenEMR. Two medical billing companies and a consulting company specializing in WebMD’s Medical Manager software choose OpenEMR, a free, open source practice management, EMR and billing application to offer their medical clinic clients. Pennington Firm, LLC, a San Diego, California based open source software development company, has been selected to assist these three companies with their OpenEMR implementation and customization projects.

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OpenEMR Subversion Development – OpenEMR Developers

The Pennington Firm edition of OpenEMR’s development tree is now available with daily updates. We have created the daily version updates as a result of requests by several clinics customizing OpenEMR for their clinic’s use. As part of creating public development access, we have removed the majority of CPT codes, which we use for testing with OpenEMR. Read More for the complete announcement.

The copyright to all CPT codes is owned by the AMA. Even though OpenEMR is a GPL, open source application, we are prevented from including CPT codes as a result of the copyright ownership by the AMA. For development purposes and to respect the AMA’s copyright we have removed all but 12 CPT codes in the development version of OpenEMR. The stable download version of OpenEMR does not contain any CPT codes.

Pennington Firm uses Subversion for its development versioning control. Subversion is similar to CVS, but includes a few features absent from CVS.

OpenEMR 2.5.2 with HL7

OpenEMR 2.5.2 is available for download and installation at  2.5.2 includes support for HL7, which includes the ability to parse HL7 code. Several other bug fixes or feature enhancements include:

  • Upgrade Prescription features, and minor bug fix;

  • Integrated HL7 code parsing;

  • Fix phpMyAdmin bug;

  • Several display improvements; and

  • Smoother installation with better defaults.

    OpenEMR 2.5.2 is available as a free download without CPT codes, in an installable file with CPT codes that must be licensed from the AMA, or with commercial support

  • OpenEMR Announces 2.5, Videos, and Prescriptions

    Walt Pennington has numerous announcements about “OpenEMR”: *Earlier this week we released OpenEMR v. 2.5 which now contains prescribing of medications…’* and much more. Read more for the full text of the announcement.

    Earlier this week we released OpenEMR v. 2.5 which now contains
    prescribing of medications.

    We also created several flash videos to demonstrate OpenEMR features
    which can be found at

    For those of you that are unfamiliar with OpenEMR, it is an open source
    practice management and electronic medical record application. We are
    creating OpenEMR to compete with and be a replacement for Health Pro,
    MegaWest and Medical Manager. We are now in the process of finalizing
    billing using FreeB and anticipate having those features implemented and
    tested by the end of April 2004.

    1. Find first available appointment by provider;
    2. Support available from Pennington Firm, Synitech or other companies;
    3. Extensive patient demographic information;
    4. Different calendar views for medical providers and office staff;
    5. Reporting using phpMyAdmin;
    6. Database manipulation using phpMyAdmin;
    7. Several community supported mailing lists and forums;
    8. Electronic medical records;
    9. Ability to bill ICD and CPT codes at the end of an encounter (CPT
    codes must be separately licensed from the AMA and a .tar with CPTs are
    available from Pennington Firm);
    10. Medication search;
    11. Add prescribed medicines to patient history;
    12. Send prescriptions to in-house pharmacy;
    13. Send prescriptions by email or fax to other pharmacies; and
    14. Print prescriptions.

    In late April OpenEMR will have additional functionality for billing
    using FreeB.
    1. Approved by Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) for submitting claims;
    2. Ability to submit ANSI X12 or HCFA forms;
    3. Clearinghouse with explicit support for OpenEMR and FreeB;
    4. Separate billing interface to allow changes to be made in the event
    of billing errors; and
    5. Ability to print HCFA forms for billing.

    As an open source application, OpenEMR can be downloaded and used. At we are regularly adding new content for documentation,
    screen shots and video illustrations.

    For those clinics or billing companies that need assistance with
    installing and supporting OpenEMR, we offer several support packages to
    install and customize OpenEMR for the clinic, and also provide training,
    including on-site installation and training.

    We want to thank those that assisted with the migration of the
    openhealth list which now allows us to post information concerning our

    Walt Pennington
    Pennington Firm
    402 West Broadway
    4th Floor
    San Diego, CA 92101-3554

    Upcoming Release – Prescription and Billing in OpenEMR

    OpenEMR will have new functionality for prescriptions, pharmacies and billing. This is a pre-release notice of upcoming prescription functionality in OpenEMR. As part of our work on billing using FreeB with OpenEMR, we have added functionality for prescriptions.

    Our work on prescriptions allows providers to:
    1. Prescribe a new medication;

    2. View patients’ existing prescription;

    3. Send the prescription to the in-house pharmacy;

    4. Send a prescription by email, fax or print to the patient’s pharmacy;

    5. Lookup drugs in the Internet database; and

    6. Special login for pharmacists to view prescriptions pending for fulfillment.


    We have successfully submitted bills to Medi-Cal, and have tied all FreeB fields to OpenEMR. We are creating a separate billing interface to allow changes for bills when there is a formatting or entry error. Our anticipated release date for OpenEMR with billing using FreeB is late April 2004.


    Clinics using OpenEMR’s billing features will be able to send bills to Medi-Cal, a clearninghouse, or to print HCFA forms. With additional customization, OpenEMR can submit bills to any payer.


    Billing companies will be able to use OpenEMR with FreeB to offer practice management and EMR services to their clients, and to use FreeB to replace some of their existing billing applications.

    For news and announcements on OpenEMR, please subscribe to the OpenEMR announcements mailing list.

    OpenEMR 2.0.0 Release

    OpenEMR is a modular, HIPAA compliant, Open Source, cross-platform Electronic Medical Records system (EMRS) developed by Synitech Incorporated. OpenEMR runs under Apache or IIS, PHP and MySQL, and includes advanced authorization and auditing functionality, automatic timeouts, group-based user configuration, extensive logging, and supports patient-requested file changes. It facilitates efficient office management through automated patient record journaling, and has been successfully integrated with third-party technologies including speech recognition, secure wireless access, tablet PCs, and biometric authentication. Interface screens are themable and optimized for consistency, simplicity, speed of access to patient information, and minimum eye strain.