Lecture 3

Electronic medical records come in different forms and variants. Some support small practices and are intended for general patient care, others are build for storing data about specialized care, and yet others are intended for in-patient care.

It is important to understand advantages and disadvantages of electronic records in contrast to paper records. Portability, the ability to quickly scan through patient information, ease of use, and the ability to prevent errors are among some important issues that need to be understood.

There are multiple architectures of EHR systems. This is not unlike of information system used in different disciplines. Understanding of software architecture, although not crucial for health informatics tasks, is really important when deciding what is and what isn’t possible. It affects security, integration with other systems, ease of use, reliability, and others.

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Open EHR is an open source, free EHR solution. It can be downloaded, installed and configured and maintained with relatively little technical knowledge. It is programmed in PHP language, runs on multiple platforms, and is accessible through web browser. Open EHR combines simple practice management options with clinical record storage and simple decision support.

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