Open Health Informatics is a channel for the results, analysis and opinion generated from the Open Health Informatics research programme that ran from 2010 to 2014 at the Centre for Health Informatics, City University, London, and subsequent research on the open source cityEHR health records system.

Open Health Informatics combines four key elements which have the potential to bring a fresh approach to the way clinical information systems are delivered:

  • open source software
  • open standards
  • open systems interfaces
  • open development processes

Using the principles of Open Health Informatics, the cityEHR system has been developed as an integration of ‘best of breed’ open source software components, configured to support open standards for clinical records. It provides clinical users with a tool kit that enables them to develop their own Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and then to deploy them on an enterprise-scalable platform.