Mar 02 , 2018

OpenClinic

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OpenClinic : Opensource Software in Healthcare Series – 2

 

  • Name: OpenClinic
  • Category: Electronic Health Records
  • Programming Language: PHP, JavaScript
  • Major user(s): Private clinics and practitioners, medical education industry

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Overview

Open-source software presents an opportunity for medical facilities with few resources to better leverage existing resources and ultimately provide a superior standard of care. There are benefits and drawbacks to any open-source solution for electronic health records (EHR).

OpenClinic is an open-source medical records system written in PHP and Javascript that provides many different aspects of patient care and medical planning activities, including admissions, medical records, pharmacological administration,  clinical data storage, statistical analysis, test results, supply management, and financial records.[1]The program was created by a single developer, with an official beta tester also listed on their website for his contributions. Its primary market consists of small practices that need basic administration functions, although it can be useful for education purposes as well. It was initially implemented in Belgium in 2006. Since then it has been used around the world, often in low-resource areas, such as Rwanda, Mali, and Barundi.[2]

Pros

One of the most widely cited benefits of OpenClinic is that it is available in multiple languages, though the primary natural languages are English, Spanish, Dutch, and Traditional Chinese and it functions to translate between these languages easily. In addition to this, anyone who would like to contribute a language can do so by creating a portable object, or .po, file and sent to the developer who will include it in the next release.[3]

OpenClinic also provides many functions related to both medical records associated with patient administration and access to many administrative options. Relating to patient’s, the software allows the user to search, add, delete, and edit records. It also includes social data and the patient’s clinic history. The administrative options allow the user to access the config settings, theme editor, log statistics and database dumps. It can also be used to manage staff members and system users.

In addition to these factors, there are several other benefits. First, the system is able to cover several thousand patients, which is very robust for a system that generally operates in low-resource areas. Additionally, many users seem to prefer it to other EHR systems, and it has a user satisfaction rate that exceeds 90%.[4]

Cons

While many users are happy with OpenClinic, it should be noted that with only one developer, getting technical support is difficult when it is needed. Additionally, outside of the software’s FAQ page, there does not seem to be a lot of resources online that can be referenced in the event that the user needs support. This limits many users that do not have a strong technical background.

OpenClinic also does not appear to have any interoperability with other programs or applications as well as no integration with mobile devices. This limits its portability and functionality as compared to other open-source EHRs, which have an advantage in this regard.

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The Future

In regard to the future of OpenClinic, it does not appear to have the same financial support or background as other EHRs, or at least this information is not publicly available. This makes it hard to determine the viability of it in the future. Another concerning aspect is that there is only developer working on it, which may limit its ability to function should the developer leave the project for some reason.

With these benefits and drawbacks in mind, OpenClinic appears to work well for users in limited-resource areas – especially in facilities that are implementing their first EHR as they move from a paper-based record system.

 


Ref:

[1]Uwambaye, P., Assuman, N., Njunwa, Kl, Isyagi, M. (2017). Health care consumer’s perception of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system within a referral hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Services, 4(1).

[2]Syzdykova, A., Malta, A., Zolfo, M., Dire, E., Oliveira, J.L. (2017). Open-source electronic health record systems for low-resource settings: Systematic review. Journal of Medical Informatics, 5,(4), pp. 44.

[3]OpenClinic (n.d.). OpenClinic Readme.

[4]Uwambaye, P., Assuman, N., Njunwa, Kl, Isyagi, M. (2017). Health care consumer’s perception of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system within a referral hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Services, 4(1).

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OpenClinic - Opensource software in healthcare series - 2
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OpenClinic is an open-source medical records system that provides many different aspects of patient care and medical planning activities.
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