OSCAR is an open-source Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution. It is an ISO 13485:2003 certified solution for practices of all sizes. It can be deployed on-premise as well as in the cloud. Primary features include patient records, billing, scheduling, medication, Eforms and messaging.
Other features include chronic disease management tools, prescription module, health tracker, inventory management, invoicing and appointment management. The patient record module allows users to track health, access clinic data and create electronic charts. The billing module provides billing templates, super codes and third-party or provincial billing.
The scheduling module provides patient registration, roster management, reminders and task assignment features. The medication module allows users to recommend drugs, provides allergy alerts, prefer pharmacies and treatment recommendation using Know2Act (K2A).
OSCAR offers integration with Hospital Report Management (HRM), drug databases, kindredPHR and Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS). It is compatible with mobile devices.
Dr. christopher S.
This is an open source software which is web based, so that it will function on any OS platform. Since it is open source it means it is also free! You can download it at no cost from the Sourceforge web site, and if you have sufficient computer schools, you can unpack it and start using it.
There is also a very vibrant and active community of OSCAR users who communicate with each other on a daily basis and provide mutual support.
The system was devised by physicians and computer scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. That's one of the reasons that it a) free and b) under continuing evaluation, improvement and upgrade. I'm using version 12. This is 'mature' software that is thoughtfully developed and in widespread use in many parts of the world.
Because the software is open source, you are not at the mercy of a developer/service provider who can jerk you around and exploit your dependence on them. If you don't like your OSCAR service provider or their fees, you can jump ship at a moment's notice and go to another one. (My own experience has been extremely positive with my own service provider, both in terms of low monthly support fees and prompt and obliging service. We don't tend to promote one service provider over another, but it's a good idea to get off-line recommendations from current users.)
Because it is web based I can log into my EMR from anywhere in the world. But don't think that means the system is insecure. My server is well protected against hackers. IN fact patient confidentiality remains a constant point of discussion on the listserves. We are all very focused on security.
On the other hand there are circumstances where patients want access to parts of their medical record - for instance while traveling away from home. This is where the parallel program MyOSCAR comes in. If you choose to do this (and only if you choose) you can provide as much or as little access as you want through MyOSCAR to your patients. You remain in control of that.
Since this is a Canadian development most of the over 2000 users are located in various parts of this country. However, we also have contact with physician users all over the world, from South America, to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the antipodes.
For more information visit the web site: https://oscar-emr.com/
Helen T. Especialidad: Hospital y atención sanitaria Número de empleados: 51-200 empleados
There is definitely a benefit of low cost for this software, which was important to our organization as a non-profit.
I think that Oscar is very intuitive, and the setup of the software and where to find items makes sense to the average user. The billing mechanisms and reports that Oscar provides are also very handy to reference. The cost is also very nice.
Because this is an open software, there are not developers constantly making it better for the user, and the interface is a little rough. I find that visually, it is unappealing and difficult to see everything on the screen that you need to see. Furthermore, it looks cluttered and there are more clicks required to complete a task than necessary - some of the resulting work is then redundant, but necessary because there is no one who can rewrite the software (only at a cost).