Is free and open source software for making web sites on the Internet available for computerization of hospital support functions?
There is a large amount of free and open source software for making web sites on the Internet. While many web-based hospital information systems have been used at hospitals, is such software also available for supporting hospital functions? Hospital staff developed the system allowing the electronic support of various hospital functions using such software and incorporated it experimentally into an existing network at a hospital. The availability of this system was examined by records left on a server in three categories according to EHR System Functional Model. Direct Care EHR-S functions that are well supported by already existing hospital information systems require little further computerization. However, some other hospital functions were computerized using such software. Although the new system has been in place for over 3 years, no problems have yet occurred. Such free and open source software has a possibility to be available to computerize some hospital functions. (Accepted on September 22, 2010)