More About GNU Health
The devices and systems used in organizations are amongst the most critical component to creating productive environment. The past decade has particularly brought forth and era of technology that was hard to conceive for those outside of technical fields. Improvements in technology within healthcare have given professionals the ability to collect and effectively utilize far more information than possible before.
At this point in time, most healthcare facilities are using a combination of paper records and some flavor of computer system, at least for appointment book functions. Soon, it will become mandatory that all healthcare facilities make effective use of electronic medical records (EMRs) within an organization. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 set forth a new action, known as the HITECH Act which will require all medical organizations to convert to entirely digital systems. The policies will go into effect by 2014 and will be further enforced in 2015, should an organization fail to comply.
The reasoning for this development is to streamline sharing of medical records between healthcare facilities. Too often, businesses observe slow response times when a record is needed for a mutual patient of two or more facilities. Especially in emergency situations, the ability to instantly access a patient’s medical history may be life-saving. It is important in moving forward as a more efficient country that information may be shared securely at a moment’s notice.
In order to assist with the endeavor of creating a highly connected network infrastructure, many open platforms have been developed and released for free commercial use. Although many different software suites and IT services already exist, many hospitals are operating with marginable profitability or at a loss. Though converting to a digital system will require some form expenditure, it may be best to utilize a highly functioning interoperable platform which can integrate the likes of legacy systems and current software into a unified architecture.
GNU Health is one such platform that is designed to function as a database management solution by incorporating all aspects of a healthcare facility into a single system. GNU Health functions on top of most other platforms but works best with open OS platforms like Linux, UNIX systems (BSD and Solaris) and others. GNU Health is written in Python, which can be used to interface with the API and makes heavy use of PostgreSQL for database management.
GNU Health can be used to manage all aspects of healthcare organization. Complete medical record retention is possible. The retained information can include such information as family health history, diagnoses, treatments, lab rest results, immunization records as well as data beyond true medical data, such as socioeconomic conditions affecting the patient. Depending on the module used (based on the specific field of healthcare) different features are better tailored toward data for these divisions in healthcare. Additional management features are also available such as inventory control, staff member data and human resource functions.
Notice: Please contact original system vendor directly for the most up-to-date and accurate information on GNU Health. Some of the details outlined above may have become out-of-date since publication, and cannot be considered an official statement on behalf of the GNU Health team.