8 Benefits, Drawbacks of Open-Source EHRs for Safety-Net Hospitals

from Becker's Hospital Review

The use of open-source electronic health record software has both benefits and drawbacks for safety-net hospitals, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Researchers at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago conducted a literature review, interviews, a comprehensive environment scan and a series of site visits to federally qualified health centers between April and September 2010.

Four systems were used across the six test sites: MedLynks, WorldVistA, OpenMRS and ClearHealth.

Discovered advantages of the open EHR systems include:

Discovered disadvantages include:

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