More About OpenMRS
Today, business has become reliant on computer systems that have the ability to connect users in such a manner that instant results can be achieved in communication and collaboration. Organizations must maintain a competitive mindset in a marketplace which has become dependent on instant transfer of digital content. Because of the technological developments that have surfaced over the past ten years, this has become an expectation. Furthermore, certain industries now require such systems to be a staple in said environments.
The healthcare industry is one such industry that will soon have heavy regulation in place, pertaining to the sharing of pertinent medical data between facilities. The effort put in place by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has enacted the HITECH Act, which will soon be mandated in the facilities across the country. The provisions set forth will require medical facilities to incorporate electronic medical records (EMRs) as the main method of record retention. This act will soon be enforced in 2015, requiring all hospitals to make “meaningful use” of digital storage for patient files.
Many reasons have driven this act into realization. The sharing of medical information has always been limited by the shortcomings present in overburdened medical facilities. It is very commonplace for information transfers between professional to lag because faculty is too busy, faxes miss pertinent information or certain information is not retained in a way that makes sense to staff outside of the facility where it originated. The timely transfer of critical medical information can be of life saving consequence, especially in emergency situations.
The need for a system that can comprehensively retain information within a large medical enterprise and further share information with other businesses has been realized by several organizations that have since developed open platforms, specifically for EMR systems. OpenMRS is one such platform for medical facilities may use to implement a comprehensive platform for saving and sharing medical data. OpenMRS is a web based utility which has the ability to hold every kind of relevant medical information of patients in an organization.
OpenMRS is written in Java and makes strong use of MySQL for database functions within the program. Information can be easily ported from other systems and transferred between other facilities through the use of Hibernate. This also allows the system to easily incorporate libraries for other functions, like when a new form of treatment is available or a new disease is identified — libraries from other Java libraries can be loaded into the platform to give the OpenMRS tool the ability to quickly make use of functioning databases used by other medical facilities.
Though OpenMRS is web based, it can also be installed on certain workstation platforms as well as on top on most server platforms, though it works best with Linux. The OpenMRS platform is supported by a worldwide community, so support is easy to obtain from individuals involved in the OpenMRS community. OpenMRS is free to download and can be populated with a large amount of anonymous sample to help train leaders in an organization. Unlike some other free, open medical software solutions, OpenMRS is regularly updated and tweaked by supporters in the community.
Please consult OpenMRS directly for the most accurate and up-to-date product information.