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FreeMed is one of the longest running opensource electronic medical record and practice management systems. [1] [2]


It was founded in 1999 by Jeffrey Buchbinder in Connecticut, United States. FreeMED Software Foundation is a non-profit corporation. [2]

Medical Specialties

The ability to easily access patient data is one of an EMR’s most important requirements. FreeMED facilitates this process by allowing physicians to dividing the content based on their perspective specialty, thereby providing physicians with the option to view only the medical content they perceive to be relevant to their practice. [3]

The following list of specialties can be found in FreeMED:

  • Allergy
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Mental & Behavioral Health/Physiology
  • Occ Med/Physiatry/Pain Mgmt
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery &Surgical Specialties
  • Urology

Medical Office Environment

FreeMED is an open source EMR, as a result, it has the possibility to be updated often, and improve through the efforts of the groups which provide support. [3] In addition, the large number of members within a support community gives FreeMED the stability and support that other traditional EMR systems lack.

The various capabilities are: [3]

  • Integrated Scheduling
  • Document Management
  • Prescription Writing
  • Faxing & Printing
  • Modular EMR
  • HL7 Interface
  • Reporting Services
  • Internal Messaging Facilities
  • Full Billing Capabilities through REMITT
  • Claims Management & Accounts Receivable Functionalities

Technical Specifications

  • It is based on LAMP or LAMPS (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) [2]
  • GWT-based “web 2.0″ user interface
  • Data relay for remote services
  • REMITT external billing system
  • XML-RPC interface

Related articles

Open source EMR software: Profiling, insights, and hands-on analysis


  1. Freemed website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 EMR Consultant Website