"Build and support an open source community of users, developers, service providers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology." OSEHRA’s mission includes the creation of a vendor-neutral community for the creation, evolution, promotion and support of an opensource Electronic Health Record. This community will operate with the transparency and agility that characterize open source software initiatives. This entails not only the development of a community of software experts, clinicians, and implementers, but also a robust ecosystem of complementary products, capabilities and services.
"OSEHRA will be the hub of open source software efforts in the health information technology community." The last word in OSEHRA’s name is "Agent." The intent is to be an agent of change, and an honest broker to the health information technology community. The open source EHR code base enabled by OSEHRA’s "agency", built by the community, will be continuously refreshed, modern and modular, and enable users to acquire competitive options for implementation, customization, training and services from multiple vendors while avoiding vendor lock-in.
Why Open Source?
Maximizing the rate of EHR innovation means engaging the best minds in government, industry, and academia. Developers must be comfortable contributing their innovations and users must be comfortable relying on the software to run their enterprise. A well-constructed open source model provides the relationship between developers, users, vendors, and service providers and provides the infrastructure for their efficient interaction.
The best practices of Open Source Software development enable organizations to establish vibrant communities of developers, users, solution providers and policy makers who can evaluate a wide range of candidate software innovations; accelerate the certification of software code base improvements; lower product development costs; achieve faster times-to-market; and, drive wider adoption of open source EHR technology. Effective deployment of Open Source Software delivers freedom from vendor lock-in, lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), produces better documented and higher quality software code, and enhances health information technology interoperability by employing open standards, open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and open data. We believe Open Source is the persistent wind of innovation that will shift the software development business model from one of selling proprietary software packages to one of providing software based on the vibrant innovation that personifies the Open Source methodologies.