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OpenEMR "is a free and open source electronic health records and medical practice management application” [1]. OpenEMR is certified as an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Complete Ambulatory EHR (Electronic Health Record) by the International Computer Security Association (ICSA) Labs [1-3].


In 2001, the OpenEMR application was launched by Synitech [2]. In 2003, maintenance of OpenEMR was assumed by the Pennington Firm [2]. More recently, OpenEMR has been administered by Rod Roark and Brady Miller [2]. The OpenEMR website states “OpenEMR is supported by a strong community of volunteers and professionals all with the common goal of making OpenEMR a superior alternative to its proprietary counterparts” [1].

The OpenEMR application was initially released under the name MP Pro (MedicalPractice Professional) [2]. The application was subsequently updated to accommodate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and re-released in 2002 as OpenEMR [2]. Since 2002, numerous updates have improved standards compliance, internationalization and interoperability [2]. Version 4.1.2 was released August 17, 2013 [2].


As open source software, OpenEMR is free for download, use and modification under the GNU General Public License [4]. Free support is also available [4].

Clinical Applications

  • Integrated Patient Demographics and Insurance Documentation
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Prescription Tracking and Ordering
  • Coding, Billing and Claims Management
  • Report Generation
  • Patient Portal [1].

OpenEMR currently supports more than 15 languages/dialects and includes access control and encryption capabilities [2,4].

The OpenEMR application is built on the programming language PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) and runs on Microsoft (Windows), Mac, and Unix operating systems [1,2,4].


The OpenEMR application has been downloaded more than 200,000 times in more than a dozen countries [2,5].


OEMR is a non-profit charitable foundation created to provide revenues in support of the OpenEMR project and community [2,6].

Software Download

The OpenEMR application can be downloaded from OpenEMR, OEMR, and SourceForge.

Related Articles


  1. OpenEMR.
  2. OpenEMR - Wikipedia.
  3. OEMR – Open EMR 4.1. Certified Health IT Product List. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
  4. OpenEMR Features.
  5. Groen, P. OpenEMR Continues to grow in Popularity and Use. Open Health News: The Voice for the Open Health Community. December 18, 2012. Accessed September 2, 2013.
  6. OEMR.

External Links

  1. Open EMR.
  2. OEMR.

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