The medical industry is facing new challenges with data management and many physicians are confused about the best resources to utilize for record keeping. ZDNet's article “Free and Open Source Healthcare Software for Your Practice” provides doctors with information about free open source software for the medical industry but realistically; you get what you pay for.
The article points physicians towards a quick fix, but when it comes to sensitive information that may not be the best answer. Privacy and security are high priority and free seldom comes with guarantees:
There are a lot of free and open source medical records keeping programs. While the list is far from exhaustive, a good and quick first stop is the Wikipedia page "List of open source healthcare software. The software ranges from public health to dental management, from medical practice management, to imaging and more. I know that it won't cut down on our medical bills, but it might help some doctors and clinics get up to speed with EHR while avoiding huge startup costs.
Health care professionals need software that protects the privacy of their practice and their patients while maintaining efficiency and generating ROI. Instead of trusting such precious information to just any software, Physicians should consider professionals that offer an insight enabling infrastructure for secure, enterprise wide connectivity. This innovative process ensures efficiency while maintaining the security needed for delicate information. Physicians need to trust in their software like the patients seeking medical care trust in them.
Jennifer Shockley, September 21, 2012