The mission of the NOSH ChartingSystem project is to provide a low cost, user-friendly, and robust electronic medical record system for all medical practitioners.
LOW-COST: Low-cost means low cost of installation, low cost of ownership, and low cost of maintenance. The system, at its very core foundation is that it is an open-source project. In layman’s terms, anyone can use the project and modify it to their hear’ts content. The only thing we expect back is that any modifications remain open for every other practitioner to share. Nothing in the project’s code is proprietary as it is derived from other open-source tools and projects. It’s our way of paying it forward. In our future postings, we’ll give some examples of how this is a low-cost alternative to all of the other proprietary electronic medical record systems.
USER-FRIENDLY: Every design aspect of the project has the medical practitioner user in mind. Of course, having a real-practicing family physician coding and designing the initial, core project considerably helps. Minimizing clutter and having useful, relevant information of a patient at a mouse click (or hover) away lets physicians actually focus on providing good medical care instead of a poorly-designed system that dictates what a physician should do with their patients.
ROBUST: Ensuring that this project remains open-source, this project is committed to developing a community of programmers and physicians who care passionately about maintaining the core mission. We aim for this community to start locally and develop globally. Any additions and modifications to the project can be shared without the burden of copyrights, intellectual property, and cost constraints. This translates into creating a vibrant user-community and ultimately, a vibrant, future-proof product for all medical practitioners.
ALL PHYSICIANS: The heart of this community comes from all medical practitioners, whether you are a pediatric neurosurgeon, family physician, chiropractor, therapist, acupucturist…you name it! It doesn’t matter if you are a rural, primary care physician struggling to make ends meet or a orthopedic surgeon with a six-figure salary. Unshackle the restraints imposed by the myriads of expensive, proprietary electronic medical record systems that only promise productivity, but rarely deliver. Why wait for the monetary incentives to come when you can use this system (without ads and keeping your data) at a low cost right now? The power is yours, where it belongs!