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Mike Chapple

Medical Clinic Database

By January 10, 2010

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In a recent forum message, John wrote:

"Hello all. I am new to this forum. Thank you in advance for your responses.

I am volunteering at a Free Medical Clinic and we currently keep our records as hard copies. I want to develop a database to transfer patient information. Does anybody have a template that I could work from.

The primary reason we want to switch to an electronic system is for grant writing purposes. I would like to be able to query patient symptom/demographic information easily. Currently, our volunteers process this information by hand and it is very time consuming."

Can you help John? Interested in solutions to the same problem? Visit the About Databases forum and join the discussion!
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January 19, 2010 at 7:21 am
(1) KansasCoder says:

My company recently reviewed a number of medical records options and opted to go with a hosted application. If you are determined to build it yourself google on ‘open source’ and ‘medical applications’. You should find a list of open source health care software projects. A project of this scale will take a single individual many, many months to complete and insuring a bug free finished product will take months of testing as well. Begin with a solid open source project that has been around for awhile and has a good user base and an active forum.

March 13, 2011 at 9:56 am
(2) MTU says:

Thanks Kansas Coder. Your tip was helpful. Am actually also helping out in a free clinic for third world applications. Was originally trying to use Filemaker but open to find other applications. Since i am not a programmer, if a software is something i can use, i believe we can train a high school graduate here to use it.

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