ERPNext Free Open source ERP as a Hospital Information System and Healthcare apps development platform
SmarteHIS or SmarteCare is a free and open source Hospital Information system built on top of ERPNext which is gaining the spotlight now as powerful open source ERP with ease of use, development standardisation , powerful security model, and developers friendly solution. However SmarteHIS is now within ERPNext Healthcare domain. SmarteHIS or smarteCare as it's main developers call it has merged with ERPNext and introduced as part of ERPNext built for healthcare sector. The name is pretty confusing as the domain states SmarteHIS and the new name/ title shows SmarteCare but that’s does matter much as it's just a place holder for a project integrated fully with it's parent: ERPNext.
So what is ERPNext and how it can benefits the healthcare industry and healthcare application development?
ERPNext has the features you may see in other ERP solutions as CRM module, billing, messaging and notification, Project management, HR and Payroll, Support disk, Inventory and many other modules. As ERP next is targeting different industries it has different modules for different industries. As example it features Batches and Serial Numbers, Tracking and Quality inspection for Shipping and Disruption sector.
ERPNext for Healthcare :
As in Healthcare ERPNext is currently featuring Patient records management, Appointments management Module, Laboratory records management as well as patient milling and invoices management. It may be quite fit to be in production for many healthcare settings which don't require advanced or complex clinical workflow. However there is some other modules are missing but easy to build and integrate with experienced developer.
- Billing and Payments
- HR and Payroll
- Inventory and Stock management
- POS Point of Sale for checkout integrated with billing and payment module
- Project management
- Financial Accounting
- Quality Inspection
- Batches and Serial Numbers tracking
- Support desk
- Chat and messaging
- Appointments management
- Patient records management
- Inpatient management
- Pharmacy with complete integration with ERPNext store, and stock management module
- Laboratory workflow including Items tracking and reporting
- Laboratory records management
- Custom Reporting for Clinical and Laboratory workflow
- Patient notification through SMS/ email
What about DICOM Integration?
SmarteCare has listed a set of planned features for the future release with intention to go for full DICOM/ PACS integration :
- DICOM Modality Worklist
- Modality Performed Procedure Step
- Open source PACS integration
- DICOM Query Retrieve client
- DICOM Image Viewer
Should I request a demo or install it?
Yes and Yes, if you are a developer or with web/ software development experience I would recommend to install it to go through the Frappe framework , and evaluate the installation, configuration and deployment process. As for decision makers as hospital owners and managers, I would recommend to get a trial demo account on ERPNext cloud account and try out the features especially the healthcare modules. Then go with their IT managers for a developer/ installation and deployment test.
What makes ERPNext powerful?
- Developer friendly
- Integration ready with developer friendly REST API provided by Frappe framework
- Developer tools : Bench
- Mobile ready : Mobile apps for iOS and Android with responsive design
- Powerful Community for end-user and developers
Installation is pretty easy for developers as for development and standalone one device installation ERPNext or to work in production. ERPNext is developer friendly which ease the extensions and building new Apps on top of it, so it's the idea solution for healthcare service providers which are looking for stable, developer friendly solution to customize their solutions on it. On side note it's freaking fast and responsive so as smooth. Though I didn't like the messages/ chat module design but it's usable. The design/ user interface of ERPNext is very simple yet so powerful easy to use, with different access tools as utilizing the main search bar as command line/ shortcut access to run and automate operations. Notification module for the user is noticeable and easy to access which is very important and required features either as in healthcare setting.
In many cases the users are looking to build their own modules, apps on top of their usable platform, With ERPNext tools which based on Frappe they have automated the process and provided very powerful, clear documentation and active support forum to help their users to build and extend their ERPNext installations.
What are the technologies used to create ERPNext? Are they open source?
Here is the Development summary of the technologies used in Frappe framework source
- Databases Supported: MariaDB (MySQL) : Open source Database GPLv2.0
- Webserver: Werkzeug : Open source webserver : BSD license.
- Templating: Jinja : Open source BSD license.
- Job Queues: Python RQ : Open source BSD license.
- CSS Framework: Bootstrap 3 : MIT license.
- Caching: Redis. Open source BSD license.
- Realtime: NodeJS + Socketio.js : Socket.io => MIT License
- Webserver (Production): gunicorn + NGINX
- Process Manager (Production): supervisord
- Process Manager (Develop): Honcho
- Command Line: Bench
User manual and Developer documentation
ERPNext team has provided very detailed user manual in for the ERPNext Modules in English and set of other languages as Deutsch Spanish and Lithuanian. Developer documentation is very detailed for the Frappe, Bench. REST API has detailed documentation.
ERPNext Mobile Apps :
ERPNext is providing mobile apps to standalone/ cloud installations of ERPNext on for iOS : iPhone/ iPad and Android devices, Android app has been downloaded +10.000 times and has about 4.3 and it's lightweight as 2.9MB, As well as the iOS version as well which is 10.8 MB. The mobile apps has ERPNext user interface in responsive view which is perfectly working on android tablets, iPad and different mobile resolutions.
Apps and Extensions :
ERPNext does not have what is mainly common with other ERP solutions which is Extensions Marketplace/ store,
However it provides set of apps built by ERPNext community, Unlike Odoo ERP and similar solutions in the same domain ERPNext didn't provide marketplace for extensions/ apps/ modules yet.
Support, Community and Integration
To get support as ERPNext user you have many options, but regarding to your usage, and implementation, ERPNext community is very active at ERPNext forum, and gitter chat , The forum is categorized to serve developers, implementers, end users and devOps. Its also featuring some main modules as accounting, eCommerce, CRM, Stock and manufacturing. ERPNext community forum is featuring integration category which is full of threads about integration of ERPNext and services like : eBay, DHL, eCommerce platforms like Shopify , There are few threads about SMS integration, Google calendar, Dropbox and AWS ( Amazon Web Services ) . Some services like Zoho suites and Google suite also has many threads with answers from the developer community to help integrate those services.
Finding ERPNext developer for Healthcare extension/ integration? Check ERPNext jobs.
Decision makers in healthcare services are often struggling to find developer(s) to extend their work on ERP solution, and that makes them reconsider using it, and even conflict with their decisions about using ERP as complete suite to run their facility. ERPNext jobs is a simple portal to post ERPNext jobs and what makes it usable is the jobs listed are setting the location for the job which means it'll get local ERPNext developers attention first as well as improve the developers base for job owners with different options.
ERPNext as an ERP is very usable to handle the healthcare process, It also provide it's users with necessary tools to extend and model their requirements and their workflow with ease. It's integration ready ready to be integrated within the current solutions which can provide easier migration process later within ERPNext. But what makes ERPNext the right solution for many healthcare service providers is community support, also finding developers to hire to extend. ERPNext is in active development but upgrades are not that hard as it's ERP competitors which struggles while upgrading from one one version to another leaving the user stuck with old version and integration problems as splitting the community to version nodes. ERPNext has overcome most of those problem, as it continues to grow and gain more stands in the healthcare sector.
- SmarteHIS/ SmarteCare
- Video : Anoop Kurungadam - Contributing Healthcare Domain in ERPNext
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