CHCF Report: Open Source EHR Systems for Ambulatory Care

This 2008 report by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) presents findings from an evaluation designed to determine whether open source electronic health record (EHR) systems are suitable for ambulatory care clinics. The authors investigated a number of open source EHR projects to assess their governance structures, development communities, functional capabilities, and available implementation and support services. The evaluation also analyzed the potential advantages of open source EHR systems for physician practices, as well as the limitations and general challenges of this alternative approach to acquiring clinical information technology. To see the full report, go to