Developer(s)Open source community
Initial release2003; 18 years ago (2003)
Written inPHP
Operating systemCross-platform
Available inMultilingual[1]
TypeMedical software
LicenseGNU General Public License

ClearHealth is an open-source practice management (PM) and electronic medical records (EMR/EHR/PHR) system available under the GNU General Public License.

ClearHealth has been acquired and the public source code repository has not received updates since 2013.

It has received attention as a possible open-source option for FQHC and CHC sites.[2]


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ClearHealth began when the core developers of several other open source healthcare software systems including OpenEMR and FreeMed.

In 2006, the Tides Foundation provided a grant which funded the development of a set of feature additions to support the specialized needs of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and other CHC/RNC facilities.

Written in the PHP language and capable of running on most server configurations, Windows, Linux or macOS, under Apache and MySQL (LAMP).

Amongst several open source solutions[buzzword] for the healthcare industry, the California Healthcare Foundation identified ClearHealth specifically as a viable solution[buzzword] based on its evaluation of sites and support in its Open Source Primer on healthcare software.[3]


ClearHealth is a comprehensive practice management and EMR system incorporating scheduling, patient registration, electronic medical records and CPOE, electronic and paper billing, and SQL reporting. As an open source reference implementation of several interoperability protocols, ClearHealth has support for working with data in HL7[4] and Continuity of Care Record (CCR) formats.

The ClearHealth system is fully compliant with HIPAA security provisions.[5]


It is currently deployed at approximately 600 sites worldwide including commercially supported and self-supported open source installations. There are a number installations in non-profit health settings including the Primary Care Coalition network, powering the Community Healthlink System, in Maryland, USA, which includes approximately 50 sites and 1,500 users[6] and Operation Samahan,[7] a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) look alike facility in National City, CA with 5 locations. OsNews provides an introduction to the system.[8]


  1. ^ "See". Archived from the original on October 4, 2011.
  2. ^ CHCF Market Assessment California Healthcare Foundation
  3. ^ CHCF CHCF Open Source Primer
  4. ^ Fred Trotter Interview HL7 Support Archived 2008-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ CHCF Open Source Healthcare Market Assessment California Healthcare Foundation
  6. ^ VistA and Open Healthcare News May/June 2008
  7. ^ Operation Samahan LinuxMedNews Coverage of Operation Samahan Archived 2008-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ OsNews OsNews Introduction