The OpenEMR Documentation Wiki
Overview of OpenEMR
OpenEMR is a Free and Open Source electronic health records and medical practice management application. It is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR Certified and it features fully integrated electronic health records, practice management, scheduling, electronic billing, internationalization, free support, a vibrant community, and a whole lot more. It can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and many other platforms.
- OpenEMR Features
- OpenEMR Reviews (on Sourceforge)
- OpenEMR Website
- OpenEMR Twitter Feed
- OpenEMR Facebook Page
- OpenEMR Google+ Page
- Have a question to ask?
Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
- Information on how eligible provider should register can be found here:
- After being tested in the ICSA Labs ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Certification Program, OpenEMR 4.1 attained Complete Ambulatory EHR Certification on August 19th, 2011, satisfying the requirements for the following criteria per the ONC Approved Test Procedures v1.1:
- See this page for additional vital details:
- See this page if interested in how certification was achieved:
- OpenEMR Version 4.1.1 Development Demo -- This demo is of the newest development version of OpenEMR, and may contain features known not to work yet.
- OpenEMR Version 4.1.0 Development Demo -- This demo is of the current stable release of OpenEMR with latest patch applied (there is no sample data).
- OpenEMR Version 4.0.0 Development Demo -- This demo is of the previous stable release of OpenEMR with latest patch applied (there is no sample data).
- ePrescribing: Eprescribing options.
- Nation Notes: Medical Record Template engine with a WYSIWYG editor.
- LBV (Layout Based Visit) Form customization & layout
- CAMOS module: CAMOS (Computer Aided Medical Ordering System) is, on the surface, just a fancy interface for organizing and choosing pieces of text to insert into a patient's chart. It is designed to be intuitive and easy to use.
- Clinical Decision Rules
- Patient Portal
- Import RxNorm and SNOMED Tables
- Cross Reference of Radio Button Menu and Tree View
- Pharmacy Dispensary
- Simple Note Templates
- Credit Card Processing Inside OpenEMR
- Previews of Forms Distributed with OpenEMR
- Find - Search HowTos: Finding Things in OpenEMR - The Various Search Methods Used
- Description of Settings: Documentation of the settings in Administration->Globals and Administration->Lists.
- Description of Access Controls: Documentation of the settings in Administration->ACL.
- Forms - Form Creation Tools: Tools for editing existing forms, and creating new forms in OpenEMR.
- Backup - Backup Tools: Backup Methods and Scripts in OpenEMR - Protecting Your Data
- Database - Database Conversion Tools: Changing Data For Use in OpenEMR
- Language Translation Configuration: OpenEMR has a thriving translation community with languages already available. If you have an interest in translating OpenEMR into your native language, please let us know.
- Multiple Sites Module: Configuration/maintenance of multiple sites from one OpenEMR instance.
- Patient Statement Printing/Configuration Howtos
- Layout Selection: OpenEMR now has three visual layouts to choose from. These instruction show how to configure this along with comparison screenshots.
- SSL Install Howtos
- UTF-8 Upgrade Howto
- Information For New Developers: If you are a developer looking to contribute to the project, check this page for details on how to get started.
- Policies for Developers: Agreed upon policies developers must observe (or provide a good reason not to).
- Architecture Overview: Overview of OpenEMR's system architecture.
- Active Projects: Listing of currently active projects.
- Typical Work Flow in a Medical Clinic: A guide for developers who need to improve their knowledge of the work flow in an ambulatory clinic
- Our git Repository structure, work flow, and developer roles: This describes our current git repository structure, work flow, and current developer/contributor roles.
- git For Dummies: This is a quick, practical OpenEMR walk through with the goal of getting new developers up and working with git as quick as possible.
- Using Git with OpenEMR: Example workflow for preparing patches for OpenEMR with Git.
- Git Migration: Documentation of the migration from the cvs repository to the git repository, which was completed on 10/30/2010.
Modules and Modular Interfaces
- CDR Engine: stuff related to the Clinical Decision Rules engine.
- The Forms API: an interface for adding additional encounter and non-encounter based forms.
- Lists and Layouts: built-in List editing, and simple form layout editor.
- Sending Email: Preferred mechanism of sending email(s).
- Prescribing Module: Walk-through of the prescribing module.
- Code Types: Explains the current scheme for containing code types (such as ICD9, CPT) etc.
- Diagnostic Codes Development: Current plan/implementation for diagnostic code sets (ICD9,ICD10,SNOMED, etc.)
File Formats Used
- X12 837p Reference: A reference for the X12 billing files OpenEMR generates.
- Upgrade Mechanism: How upgrades are done.
- Patch Mechanism: How patches are done
- Steps for a patch release: Documented steps for a patch release.
- Steps for an official release: Documented the steps for an official full release.
- OpenEMR Copyright Notice: Contributors (testers, bug fixers, developers, etc.) can enter their information here if they want to by included in the Copyright Notice.
- New Features in Each Release: New features in each release (starting from version 4.0).
- Status of an ongoing new release process: Listing of active bugs and planned features with status for an ongoing release.
- OpenEMR Website: OpenEMR website description and development
- OpenEMR Wiki: OpenEMR wiki description and development
- OpenEMR Forum: OpenEMR forum description and development
- OpenEMR IRC: OpenEMR IRC chat channel description
- OpenEMR Twitter Feed: OpenEMR twitter feed description
- OpenEMR Facebook Page: OpenEMR Facebook page
- OpenEMR Google+ Page: OpenEMR Google+ page
- OpenEMR Community Demo Development: Description for setting up the community demo
- Automated Testing: OpenEMR has an automated test suite designed to help ensure that the code does what it's supposed to and that new features do not break existing features. (note that this thing has been broken/not used for some time now)
- How to Document Code: A guide for developers to document their code properly.
- PhpXref: For those of you familiar with PhpXref, here is a parsed copy of 4.0.0. It needs more documentation
- General Troubleshooting -- general problems people have experienced with OpenEMR, and (hopefully) their solutions.
- Common Installation Problems -- problems people have experienced installing OpenEMR, and (hopefully) their solutions.
- Take advantage of the free community support. If you have a question to ask?
OpenEMR Articles and Presentations
- OpenEMR on Wikipedia (Current Article)
- MediGrail LLC Automates Siaya District Hospital in Rural Kenya with OpenEMR (February, 2012)
- Peace Corps plans EHR system in 2013 (February, 2012): OpenEMR to be used by the Peace Corps.
- DIY: OpenEMR, free software for medical practices (October, 2011)
- OpenEMR 4.1 Achieves Full 'Meaningful Use' Certification (August, 2011)
- Taking medical records into the digital age - Solving traditional system challenges with OpenEMR (2010)
- OpenEMR - At a glance (2010)
- FPAI conducts training on OpenEMR (2010)
- OpenEMR Success Story (2009)
- Guest Article: Open Source EMRs for free clinics (2009)
- Open Source Electronic Health Records: In Public Policy. (2009)
- Open Source Electronic Health Records: in Practice. (2009)
- Open Source EMR and Practice Management Software Appliance (2007)
- Using OpenEMR in Family Practice (2006)
- Technical Aspects of OpenEMR. Julia Weatherby (2006)
- OpenEMR Architecture. T. Simbini (2006)
- The OpenEMR Community. Margaret Donahue (2006)
Videos and Presentations
- Ohio LinuxFest Presentation (2011)
- Taking OpenEMR to Meaningful Use Certification and Beyond By Dr Samuel Bowen.
- Portland Linux/Unix Group Presentation (2011)
- Introduction to OpenEMR By Tony McCormick
- POSSCON Presentation (2011)
- The Development & Growth of the OpenEMR Project By Dr Samuel Bowen and Tony McCormick
- OSCON Presentation (2010)
- Taking OpenEMR, a GPL EMR to ARRA Meaningful Use Certification and beyond Presentation By Dr Samuel Bowen and Tony McCormick
- Related Blog Posts:
- General Marketing of OpenEMR: General articles describing the OpenEMR project and discussing features of OpenEMR.
- Open Source EMRs are Better: Articles to convince users why open source emrs are better than proprietary emrs by 1) defining open source software, 2) describing why open source EMR's are better than proprietary EMR's, 3) describing how to find a vendor/support and 4) showing examples of OpenEMR working in practices.
- Success Stories: Plan to place clinic success stories here.
Organizations Supporting OpenEMR
- OEMR: OEMR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the OpenEMR project and accepts donations that will go towards the betterment of the OpenEMR project. This organization is the legal authority involved in Meaningful Use certification of OpenEMR.
- Sourceforge: Provides the OpenEMR project with free tools, including project management, file release repository, bug tracker, forums, and web space/server for the OpenEMR project web page and web tools.
- Open Source Medical Software: Open Source Medical Software is a not-for-profit company whose charter is to support all forms of FLOSS EHR/EMR and Health care related software projects.
- Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.