JMIR Medical Informatics
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JMIR Medical Informatics (JMI, ISSN 2291-9694) focusses on clinical informatics, big data in health and health care, decision support for health professionals, electronic health records, ehealth infrastructures and implementation. It has a focus on applied, translational research, with a broad readership including clinicians, CIOs, engineers, industry and health informatics professionals.
Published by JMIR Publications, publisher of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), the leading eHealth/mHealth journal (Impact Factor 2014: 3.4), JMIR Med Inform has a different scope (emphasizing more on applications for clinicians and health professionals rather than consumers/citizens, which is the focus of JMIR), publishes even faster, and also allows papers which are more technical or more formative than what would be published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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The State of Open Source Electronic Health Record Projects: A Software Anthropology Study
Date Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 7, 2016 - Jun 2, 2016
Background: Electronic health records are key tools in managing and storing patients’ illness information. Several open source EHR applications are available at SourceForge, the largest repository o...
Background: Electronic health records are key tools in managing and storing patients’ illness information. Several open source EHR applications are available at SourceForge, the largest repository of open source projects. However, few published studies that focused on the characteristics of F/OSS electronic health record software and none to date has been published on the motivation, knowledge background, and demographic characteristics of the developers involved in open source electronic health records (EHR) projects. Functionality and usability are important success factors for any system. These are often a direct reflection of the domain knowledge and motivations of the developers. This is particularly true in open source development, where it is often said the genesis of many open source projects is “scratching one’s own itch”. Objective: This study analyzes the characteristics of F/OSS electronic health record software and aims to provide an understanding of the motivation, knowledge background, and characteristics of the developers involved in open source electronic health records (EHR) projects. Methods: The research identified F/OSS electronic health record projects on SourceForge and other websites starting in May 2014. Projects were classified and characterized by :license type , downloads, programming languages, spoken languages, project age, development status, supporting materials, top downloads according to countries, and certified open EHR. Healthcare F/OSS developers were also surveyed using an online survey website (SurveyGizmo). Results: There are 54 open source EHR projects, but only four of them are CMS certified applications. The majority of the projects, 44.5%, have been downloaded by users in the United States, which reveals a significant interest in EHR open source applications in the U.S. A total of 103 responses were successfully collected showing the reasons to contribute to a healthcare open source project. The top motivation factor (56.5%) is intrinsic enjoyment. The majority of users are paid for participation in F/OSS projects. Only twenty-five percent of healthcare F/OSS developers are, of have been, healthcare providers in their careers, and 45.9% of developers do not work in the healthcare field. Conclusions: Open source software seems to be important to many healthcare organizations in general; however, given that only four F/OSS EHR systems are U.S. ONC certified, this highlights a challenge for the U.S. adoption of F/OSS healthcare systems. Healthcare open source software currently lacks the governmental support for sustainability and growth of these software programs. This research highlights some challenges that may be hindering the future of healthcare F/OSS.