Inpatient module for OpenEMR – Ongoing project

The OpenEMR was originally for outpatients, but many claimed a new feature that allows the monitoring of hospitalizations. We are developing an Inpatient Module, including location, type of bed, floor, room, bed number, additional room , such as TV and oxygen, etc.

The reports include: Free beds – Inpatient days – Standard Inpatient  Number – Released patients – Accumulated cost for bed use

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Installation of OpenEMR in a medium size clinic in Southern Argentina.

We have installed OpenEMR in a medium size clinic, in the province of Chubut, Argentina, in September 2016. So far, 7 months later, there are 100 registered users and almost 10,000 patients. There were no problems so far.

The administration asked us for some reports, beyond those programmed in the OpenEMER system. For example, a list of patients without health insurance. We solved it with a customized MySQL query.

A Gynecology form was implemented with some standard questions.

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Legal issues concerning digital medical records in Argentina

I see on Facebook Alejandro Abraham’s initiative for the country to adopt the Digital Clinical History, and I have already adhered. Law 26.529 that regulates the rights of the patient, in terms of the autonomy of the will, the information and the clinical documentation, specifies certain guidelines that a clinical history must meet. Among these guidelines, there is the confidentiality of information between the doctor and the patient, and any health professional who may have access to it. Article 14 specifies that the patient is the owner of the clinical history and that at its simple request a copy of it must be provided. But in turn, article 17, indicates the uniqueness of the clinical records by establishment. That is, each health facility must have a particular clinical history, completely isolated from any other institution.

Relevant in Law 26,529, articles 2 (sections C and D), article 13, article 14, article 17 and article 18 are relevant. I believe that all health professionals waste a lot of time and effort trying to understand the handwriting of colleagues in all types of clinical documents, which causes delays and sometimes serious errors.

The forums of biochemists and pharmacists are full of queries about what the doctor meant in this or that a doodle. And as it remains mandatory that prescriptions be MANUSCRIPTS, the responsible is the same State and its adherence to archaic legislation. Added Nov.2018 : the new legislation on electronic signature says that this modality can replace previous methods of signature, which authorizes to sign recipes digitally. But the body of the recipe is still subject to the letter of the law, which requires it to be handwritten. By not repealing or changing the Law of Exercise of Medicine, the issue remains confused and subject to controversy.

New features in version 4.2.2

This new release of OpenEMR has several interesting new features. Check them out in our demo site at medical-records.net

  • 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR
  • Compatible with PHP7
  • Compatible with most recent versions of MySQL and MariaDB
  • Added a modern user interface
  • Added full support for right to left languages
  • Added an About link/page
  • Numerous Bug Fixes
  • Supported in 30 languages
  • Numerous Security Fixes and Security Improvements

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How to see X Ray images in the computer

In order to record X rays  a Pacs – Dicom server is usually needed. A demo for a DICOM reader is located at: http://medical-records.net/dicom3/

This is a tomography (X Ray in multiple layers), and can be enlarged, reduced, brightened, darkened, and moved around.

This is quite a complex issue, the readers usually work together with PACS  servers. PACS mean: picture archiving and communication system. They provide security, compression, backup, instant communication (the radiologist notifies the clinician about the imagen availability), etc. There is also a wide price margin, from free to multimillion dollar figures.

There are many options for advanced users, and they can be installed gradually by end user request.  We always suggest separate servers for systems and data, because images are very demanding in terms of gigabytes.

Ask us about PACS server installation in your site or ours.

Some FAQs for advanced features

I want it to be easy to find providers by Specialty, so that the patient who looks for a Pediatrician finds it right away.

A.: It is not foreseen. You can put the specialty after the surname, in the function of Administrator – Users. For example, Dr. Blanca Pérez Pediatra.

Q.:  I want to see an example of Provider schedule (doctors)

A.: In the Medical-records.net system I created Dr. Blanca Pérez Pediatra, who works on Thursday, all day (light blue). See the Calendar. Continue reading “Some FAQs for advanced features”

Health Insurance FAQ

How are the health insurance providers already admitted published?

First of all, each country has a different health system and denomination, but the most common is Health Insurance. In Argentina there are Obras Sociales (obligatory for all workers) or Prepaid Insurance o Prepagas (of voluntary affiliation). In Administration – Practice – Health insurance companies there is an editable list. Continue reading “Health Insurance FAQ”

Legal value of the Electronic Medical Record (Argentina)

This issue always arises in medical areas, especially hospitals. Sometimes, the possible unfavorable legal implications of computerization are an excuse for not computerizing, although increasingly weaker. Sometimes the subject highlights the inadequacy of the current legislation, still several decades behind reality.
For example, at a recent symposium in the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, a doctor from this advanced pioneer center in Medical Informatics, complained that as a result of a court case, a lawyer asked to seize the patient’s medical history, for which the judge wanted to take a complete server from the Data Center of the Hospital. This, regardless of the damage caused to the tens of thousands of patients whose stories resided on that same server.
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How EMRs improve medical attention by health personnel

There is growing enthusiasm in the United States about the use of electronic medical records (EMR) in patients. Important sums of money have been allocated to subsidize the adoption of this technology by physicians. The magazine Family Medicine highlights in an article both the promises and the disadvantages of this technology. Continue reading “How EMRs improve medical attention by health personnel”