Let me introduce myself: thebear424. I’m a new user, and I have a growing interest in software development.
I’ve used OpenEMR’s demo, and the re-write of this great EMR looks great. However, I want this EMR to not just benefit medical practices, but hospitals & outpatient care centers as well. You see, I’ve visited my father in the hospital, and saw the staff was using the GE Centricity EMR. Also, I go to a neurologist who practices with a hospital, and they also use Centricity. Recently, I’ve heard that Centricity was going to be phased out, so hospitals would have to go with McKesson’s EMR.
Right now, there are a very few open-source hospital EMR systems on the market, and all of them just do not fit the exact needs of each institution. What I want to see is a “scalable” OpenEMR that can be used in every medical practice and institution, such as medical practices (of course), hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, laboratories, outpatient care centers, imaging centers, freestanding birthing centers, and (ugh!) abortion clinics. With this new “re-write”, the software can be customized for the institution’s needs, and would be the world’s only “truly open-source and feature-rich” EMR system.
Features I would like to see would be:
- “Modular” EMR system with modules designed for many care settings (hospital, pediatric hospital, outpatient surgery center, laboratory, imaging center, family practice, pediatric practice, OB/GYN practice, gynecologic practice, etc.).
- “Drill-down” workflows, found in the (now discontinued) EncounterPRO EMR.
- Better & seamless third-party lab & imaging center integration with an open-source ordering framework.
- Ability to print wristbands & patient labels.
- Feature-rich open-source lab & imaging information system.
- Open-source framework for integration with medical devices (like Welch Allyn, Philips, GE, etc.).
- Open-source form generation system for paperwork. Also, new freeware (but not open-source) app for iPad and Android that allows electronic signatures and forms-filling.
- Open-source e-prescribing framework for seamless integration with e-prescribe providers (i.e. AllScripts, etc.).
- Open-source billing framework for seamless integration with billing providers (i.e. Kaero, etc.). Also, over 5 superbill templates.
- Seamless integration with Dragon Naturally Speaking (must be purchased and installed separately) for dictation.
- Improved & customizable paper prescription templates, designed to meet state requirements for each state.
I would certainly like to see many of these features come to OpenEMR. With this re-write, OpenEMR would be the #1 EMR for hospitals & outpatient surgery centers.
UPDATE: It would be very helpful if medical professionals contribute to development of this new EMR.
I hope all of this happens. Cheers!