Aminpour 2014 Electronic health record review

Title Utilization of Open Source Electronic Health Record Around the World: A Systematic Review
Format publication
Authors Aminpour, F., Sadouqhi, F., Ahamdi, M.
Journal Name (if applicable) J Res Med Sci
Date Published 2014
Open Access Y/N no
Hard copy PDF Available Y/N yes
Link http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3963324/
Abstract Many projects on developing Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems have been carried out in many countries. The current study was conducted to review the published data on the utilization of open source EHR systems in different countries all over the world. Using free text and keyword search techniques, six bibliographic databases were searched for related articles. The identified papers were screened and reviewed during a string of stages for the irrelevancy and validity. The findings showed that open source EHRs have been wildly used by source limited regions in all continents, especially in SubSaharan Africa and South America. It would create opportunities to improve national healthcare level especially in developing countries with minimal financial resources. Open source technology is a solution to overcome the problems of highcosts and inflexibility associated with the proprietary health information systems.