Hi everybody! My name is Denis Donici, I am a sysadmin at Alpine Homecare located in Denver, Colorado, USA.
The management of my company has to switch from Excel spreadsheet to a complete EHR solution. So they are in looks for EMR and Practice Management software. So far, they checked
https://www.clearcareonline.com It's a cloud-based service provider targeting home care business in states. They are charging a decent amount and their solution is proprietary(vendor lock-in). Believe it or not, there is a lot of money in the home care industry and lots of agencies like ours.
I am a FOSS advocate and I am doing my best to integrate OpenMRS for our business model. Since I don't have any experience at all in OpenMRS I learn as I go, and I encounter some issues along the way. I could present a demo to the management with OpenMRS. From my previous conversation with them, they could budget $1000 dollars per month for OpenMRS if it works. Now, this is only one agency. Since there are dozens if not hundreds of agencies, there is a huge potential for a steady income to hire full-time developers. Hence improving the quality of OpenMRS. If and only if OpenMRS could be tweaked and integrated as a complete solution for a whole industry, home care. Now, in the long run, things like scheduling, timesheets, attendance, ticketing, printing, electronic visit verification etc. might be needed to implement. Why should companies like I work for pay for proprietary solutions if there are alternatives like OpenMRS? This money could be spent for the benefit of the community, for the benefit of everybody in the word. The bottom line is, I know that OpenMRS, like any other open-source project, wouldn't mind some extra cash to keep things going. It is a perfect opportunity and it will be a shame to lose it to a proprietary software.
What is your opinion, ladies and gentlemen? Who is in? What is the best course of an action in this case?