Best Open Source Medical and Healthcare Software
#8908 (In Topic #4051)
Here is a list of free and open-source software packages and applications for use in the healthcare industry.
Epi InfoProject page: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/epiinfo/
Epi Info has been in existence for over 20 years and is currently available for Microsoft Windows. The program allows for electronic survey creation, data entry, and analysis. Within the analysis module, analytic routines include t-tests, ANOVA, nonparametric statistics, cross tabulations and stratification with estimates of odds ratios, risk ratios, and risk differences, logistic regression (conditional and unconditional), survival analysis (Kaplan Meier and Cox proportional hazard), and analysis of complex survey data. The software is in the public domain, free, and can be downloaded from http://www.cdc.gov/epiinfo. Limited support is available.
SpatiotemporalProject page: http://www.eclipse.org/stem/
Open DentalProject page: http://www.opendental.com/
GNUmedProject page: http://wiki.gnumed.de/bin/view/Gnumed
GNUmed is based on third party projects such as free software/open source DBMS PostgreSQL and is written mostly in Python. It is supported by a graphical user interface (GUI) based on WxPython.
GNU HealthProject page: http://health.gnu.org/
Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
Hospital Information System (HIS)
Health Information System
It is designed to be multi-platform, so it can be installed in different operating systems (GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, MS Windows) and different database management systems (PostgreSQL). It's written in Python and using Tryton framework.
OpenEMRProject page: http://www.open-emr.org/
OpenMRSProject page: http://openmrs.org/
The software is licensed under the "OpenMRS Public License", based on the Mozilla Public License. It requires that recipients are entitled to freely access the source code, but allows binary distribution, modification of the code (under the same license) and bundling into larger products that are under different licenses.
openEHRProject page: http://www.openehr.org/
The openEHR Foundation has published a set of specifications defining a health information reference model, a language for building 'clinical models', or archetypes, which are separate from the software, and a query language. The architecture is designed to make use of external health terminologies, such as SNOMED CT, LOINC and ICDx. Components and systems conforming to openEHR are 'open' in terms of data (they obey the published openEHR XML Schemas), models (they are driven by archetypes, written in the published ADL formalism) and APIs. They share the key openEHR innovation of adaptability, due to the archetypes being external to the software, and significant parts of the software being machine-derived from the archetypes.
The essential outcome is systems and tools for computing with health information at a semantic level, thus enabling true analytic functions like decision support, and research querying.
FreeMEDProject page: http://freemedsoftware.org/
FreeMED is mainly written in PHP, and makes heavy use of SQL, favoring the MySQL database engine. It also uses some bash, Perl, and small pieces written in other languages. Its interface is primarily web-based, but web services interfaces, such as XML-RPC, are also available.
If you know any other free medical software let us know here. Please provide details and screenshots if applicable. Also, let us know your experiences working with some of these software.
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