Open Source EMR and Practice Management Software Appliance

January 7, 2007

If you’re looking for a simple and fast way of trying out free EMR and practice management software, check out the OpenEMR 2.8.1 Virtual Machine Appliance. All you need to run it is a computer with VMware Server (freely available). It comes complete with an operating system and all the software you need.

Here’s how the authors describe it:

This is a comprehensive Open Source Medical Practice Management Software Appliance. It will provide office scheduling, electronic medical records, prescriptions, insurance billing, accounting, inventory, and access controls. The appliance will have many possible applications, such as a fully functional demo, a testing/developing platform, and as the starting point in real world clinic applications. The target audience is also broad and includes health care practitioners, clinic IT staff, and developers. A significant portion of the target audience will be more accustomed to Microsoft Windows, so it was decided to keep X-windows along with all the other default Mandriva software amenities.

OpenEMR is installed, along with FreeB, SQL-Ledger, and php-GACL. OpenEMR is the practice management software; home page is at http://www.oemr.org/ . FreeB is the insurance billing/printing software. SQL-Ledger is the accounting/inventory software. Php-GACL is the access control software.

The most important part of this appliance is the documentation. It includes instructions on appliance installation, use (including all the needed logins/passwords), configuration, and detailed instructions on how it was built. It illustrates how to install printers, configure a custom email server, and install an automated backup scheme which incorporates encryption. The documentation also illustrates in detail how the appliance was built. This will allow others to easily modify/update the appliance. It will also allow easy migration to a native server, if required. The User Manual (html/pdf) is included in the ‘/UserManual’ directory of the compressed file, and can also be found on the Desktop of the appliance. The most current version of the manual can be found at(this is a large file, so may take some time to download): http://www.bradymd.com/appliance/

  • http://bradymd.com/appliance/ Brady Miller

    Hey,

    Recently released the upgraded OpenEMR 2.8.2 Appliance, which can be found at:
    http://bradymd.com/appliance/

    -Brady

  • http://bradymd.com/appliance/ Brady Miller

    Hey,

    Just released the upgraded OpenEMR 2.8.3 Appliance, which can be found at:
    http://bradymd.com/appliance/

    -Brady

  • http://www.practicefusion.com taylor

    I work for a company called Practice Fusion, and I’d like to clear up a few things about Electronic Medical Records.
    There is a lot of skepticism surrounding the security and quality of EMRs, especially applications that are free and web-based. Costly applications want you to believe that you must pay for quality. However, there are many high-quality and free, web-based applications out there. Google Apps. is just one example. I can honestly say that we deliver the best product and support at absolutely no cost, and with no on-site implementation. And that is why we are one of the fastest growing physician practice communities in the United States. We have outstanding technical support, and we pride ourselves on our “Live in Five” process which allows us to get users started within five minutes of calling. If you are interested in learning more about Practice Fusion, you can check out our free EMR. Also, take a look at what others have to say about us: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/innovators/2007/practicefusion, http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4670, and http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/?p=774”>ZD
    If you prefer, you can visit the website and take a demo with a Practice Fusion team member. Give us a call at 415-346-7700.

  • http://www.practicefusion.com taylor

    I work for a company called Practice Fusion, and I’d like to clear up a few things about Electronic Medical Records.
    There is a lot of skepticism surrounding the security and quality of EMRs, especially applications that are free and web-based. Costly applications want you to believe that you must pay for quality. However, there are many high-quality and free, web-based applications out there. Google Apps. is just one example. I can honestly say that we deliver the best product and support at absolutely no cost, and with no on-site implementation. And that is why we are one of the fastest growing physician practice communities in the United States. We have outstanding technical support, and we pride ourselves on our “Live in Five” process which allows us to get users started within five minutes of calling. If you are interested in learning more about Practice Fusion, you can check out our free EMR. Also, take a look at what others have to say about us: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/innovators/2007/practicefusion, http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4670, and http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/?p=774”>ZD
    If you prefer, you can visit the website and take a demo with a Practice Fusion team member. Give us a call at 415-346-7700.

  • http://www.spencerandcoady.com jonathan spencer

    I have looked at this software and whilst it is technically proficient, the interface is truly awful.

    For anyone used to working with open source cms like XOOPS or Drupal, is a major let down.

    The look and feel of something is both an encouragement to understand and an aid to using it.

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  • http://bradymiller.myopenid.com/ Brady Miller

    Hey,

    Forgot to announce the last version release here. The OpenEMR 3.1.0 Appliance was released on 8/26/2009 and can be found at:
    http://bradymd.com/appliance/

    -Brady

  • http://bradymiller.myopenid.com/ Brady Miller

    Hey,

    Forgot to announce the last version release here. The OpenEMR 3.1.0 Appliance was released on 8/26/2009 and can be found at:
    http://bradymd.com/appliance/

    -Brady

  • http://bradymd.com/appliance/ Brady Miller

    Hey,

    Just released the upgraded OpenEMR 3.2.0 Appliance, which can be found at:
    http://bradymd.com/appliance/

    -Brady

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