More about OSCAR McMaster
OSCAR McMaster is a multi-platform electronic medical record (EMR) system. OSCAR is an acronym for Open Source Clinical Application and Resource. It was developed at McMaster University, a respected public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which accounts for the second portion of the name. OSCAR McMaster was initially released in December 2005, but development continues, and there is an active community that continues to provide useful updates on a regular basis. OSCAR McMaster continues to be an obvious choice for entities seeking an alternative solution to their data security needs without the need to pay for overly expensive software developed by for-profit businesses.
OSCAR has been very successful at providing a method to connect health care infrastructure, from the clinic level to the national health care system level. In Canada, birthplace of OSCAR McMaster, OSCAR has benefit from an intensely collaborative effort by developers and health care providers across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In addition to the core team of support located at McMaster University, many of the people involved in the OSCAR project have come together to form the OSCAR Canada Users Society, or OCUS. The collective efforts of all of these dedicated individuals working together has resulted in software that is made and refined by people who know and care about the health care industry, instead of programmers attempting to make a commercial product fit the needs of an industry that they do not fully understand.
At the core of OSCAR is the fact that it is a free, open source software product. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. This has many benefits over proprietary systems, including absolute ownership of data, which is especially important in the health care industry. In addition, it means that there will never be any licensing fees for OSCAR, so the cost of deployment is low. A common misconception is that open source software is inferior in some way to that which comes in a shiny box with a huge price tag. The reality is that software like OSCAR is peer reviewed secure software that frees users from being locked in to a vendor, potentially for years. In addition to the cost savings of open source, software with a committed community of developers such as that enjoyed by OSCAR, benefits from ongoing development and contributions based on actual experience using the software in the field.
OSCAR McMaster is made up of five different applications that work together to improve the quality of health care. In addition to EMR functions that can run either locally or online, OSCAR supports a Personal Health Record (PHR) function that lets patients have access and control of their personal information. MyDrugRef allows doctors to keep up to date on the latest studies and best practices so they can provide the best care for their patients. CAISI is a case/facilities management system. Lastly, OSCAR Resource provides a platform for a database of medical resources collected from across the internet, so the latest information is always available.
This is an idependant third-party analysis. Please consult the original developers for the most up-to-date details on this application.