5 Free or Open Source Healthcare Software Tools Ready to Serve and Help Heal

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If you are a small clinic or hospital with a very tight budget, you may want to consider one of these software tools to help strengthen your organization.

Health is a tricky subject to cover from almost any angle. One of the big problems with healthcare software is the strict privacy laws that govern the industry, which make it difficult to build and maintain healthcare software over time. For this reason, it is not easy to come up with solid open source healthcare solutions. These healthcare software have come and gone over the years (most have disappeared), but some tools have managed to stick around.

Here are five such healthcare software tools available, four of which are free and open-source, and one of which is free. These five tools are cross-platform.

The OpenEMR system offers all the functionality you would need to manage your organization.

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Do any search for open source health systems, and OpenEMR will always be at or near the top of every list. There’s a good reason for that. OpenEMR is not only a solid entry for an open-source tool, it’s solid for any licensing model.

OpenEMR includes prescription, CMS reports, lab integration, advanced security, clinical decision rules, patient demographics, patient portal, document management, community support, a telehealth module and Moreover. OpenEMR is ONC Complete Ambulatory EHR certified and has a very active community of volunteers to support the platform.

OpenEMR offers a fully functional demo and can be run on Linux and Windows as well as via Docker and from the AWS cloud.

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OpenMRS is easy and efficient to use for clinics and other healthcare facilities.

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OpenMRS is another open source platform. Unlike OpenEMR, OpenMRS focuses on medical records. The goal of OpenMRS is to improve healthcare delivery in resource-limited settings. OpenMRS is not just an open source medical records system, but a community of developers, users, and implementers working toward an open foundation for managing medical information.

OpenMRS includes a patient repository, security and reporting, cohort management, patient workflow management, privilege-based access, multiple IDs per patient, modular architecture, merging and relationships with patients, location, handling complex data and personal attributes. One of the most important features of OpenMRS is data interoperability and the ability to add new functions without having to modify the main code.

OpenMRS can run on Linux, macOS and Windows.

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Hospital Run offers an exceptional interface that anyone can use.

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One of the key features of HospitalRun is that it was designed to allow records to be transported from a hospital to remote clients, which means the platform can work online or offline.

Hospital Run has a very user-friendly interface that simplifies the management of inventory, patient information, patient assessments and procedures, appointments, labs, imaging, and medications. HospitalRun is ideal for clinics located in rural areas, where internet connectivity is unreliable (or even available).

This platform focuses on usability as the main requirement, so the UX is top-notch. The developers also wanted to make sure that users didn’t have to spend too much time using the software, so they put a lot of effort into making sure the most common tasks could be done quickly.

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Open Hospital installs easily on Linux, macOS and Windows.

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Open Hospital is our latest open source platform, designed to make it easy to digitize hospital data while minimizing the knowledge required to use the system.

By design, Open Hospital enables facilities without skilled resources or support to utilize a well-designed electronic clinical data platform. Open Hospital has been used in many countries and includes features such as patient registration and admission, outpatient management, ward and examination management, pregnancy management, pharmacy management, management of malnutrition control, billing and vaccine databases.

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Solismed offers a clean and simple user interface.

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Solismed is the only tool on the list that is not open source. However, it is free to use.

This platform was designed to automate many daily activities, digitize patient records and facilitate better communication between staff. Solismed includes features such as a daily dashboard, contact records, schedules, accessories, internal messaging, invoicing, reports, building operations, payments, templates and more.

Solismed can be deployed for free for five active users, which means it’s really only free for small clinics. If your organization has more than five users, you must pay $500 for five additional users. Another catch with Solismed is that while minor upgrades are free, major upgrades will cost you 50% of the license fee. Of course, if you’re only using Solismed for a small clinic with less than five users, major upgrades are free.

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