Buenos Aires Hospital Network EHR System

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The system behind Buenos Aires Hospital Network EHR System is called SIGEOS and has the following modules:

  • Appointments
  • Patient identification and registration
  • ADT
  • Pharmacy management

SIGEOS was developed using PHP, Python Programming languages and the database engine behind it is MySQL database. SIGEOS is distributed in 15 hospitals, without central data integration yet. In 2009 it is scheduled begins to design the EMR data model. The entire new open source system is already placed about 15 hospitals, running into a GNU/Linux intranet (based on Ubuntu) and developed by FOSS primary tools like PHP language and MySQL databases. [1]

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires the capital and largest city of Argentina is geographically located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. The city of Buenos Aires is not located within Buenos Aires Province, nor is it its capital; but is instead an autonomous federal district with about 4 million people. Greater Buenos Aires is the third largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around 13 million. Th healthcare system in Argentina is comprised of three providers: the public sector, mutual or social plans, and the private sector. [3] The public sector serves 50% of the populations. [3] Forty-five percent of the population is covered by the social plan, while the private sector covers the reaming 5%.[3] Public hospitals include about 35 health centers which are composed by 12 general hospitals, 3 pediatrics hospitals, 1 women hospital, 12 non general hospitals and 7 specialized hospitals and centers. The public emergency system [2] covers all population and people in transit in the city with more than 70 specialized ambulances and fully integration with all health care centers.

Background and History

The Buenos Aires city Government is working on an EMR|CIS platform for the 35 public hospitals in the urban area. The first steps involved developing an appointment module based on MS visual basic. Due to expensive licenses, the government decided in 2004 for use open source languages. 2004 paved way for the development of ADT and appointments modules for outpatients. In 2006 and 2007 they added a web based form based on epidemiological data with ICD 10 codification. In 2008, the pharmacy module was added.


  1. http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/areas/salud/?menu_id=727 official site
  2. http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/same
 3. https://www.justlanded.com/english/Argentina/Argentina-Guide/Health/Healthcare