50 Open Source Replacements For Health Care Software

Cynthia Harvey | Datamation | April 26, 2013

According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers Study, 79 percent of health care executives anticipate an increase on their technology spending this year. With "Meaningful Use" considerations weighing heavily on the industry, many will be investing in or upgrading their electronic health record (EHR) capabilities. And quite a few organizations will also be looking to analytics and other IT initiatives that could help them reduce costs or improve patient care.

However, expensive, proprietary software isn't the only option for these sorts of initiatives. The open source community has a wealth of projects related to EHR, imaging, and hospital, laboratory and practice management. Small practices and facilities in developing countries, in particular, have found that these applications met their needs while minimizing their expenses. We've put together a list of fifty of these applications and noted proprietary applications they resemble.

As always, if you know of additional open source healthcare software that we should have included on our list, please note it in the comments section below.