There are three different types of free EMR solutions:
1. Open Source EMR. An open source EMR software can be used, distributed, and altered. Users can adjust the EMR software to fit the specific needs of their practice, making it useful for health IT programmers, but not practices without this type of support. Additionally, while many open source EHR systems are certified EMR software, they may need to be altered to ensure future requirements are being met.
2. Ad-Supported EMR software. An ad-supported free EMR software works by displaying advertisements on the EMR screen. Instead of physicians paying for the EMR software, vendors receive profits through these advertisements. The ads are mostly healthcare-related and should not disrupt workflow. Vendors usually charge a $100/physician monthly fee to remove these ads.
3. Free version. Some vendors may offer a free version of their paid EMR software. However, these free EMR software versions often do not include the whole software and are missing important features. This may hinder practice workflow compared to a full version EMR. Many physicians end up having to purchase the additional software features in order to improve the use of the software.