Open Hospital

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Open Hospital
OpenHospital Logo.jpg
Developer(s) Informatici Senza Frontiere
Initial release November 17, 2006 (2006-11-17) (1.0)[1]
Stable release

1.13.0  (June 21, 2023; 7 months ago (2023-06-21))

Preview release none [±]
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Hospital information system
License(s) GNU General Public License v2.0

Open Hospital is a free open-source hospital information system (HIS) "used by seventeen heath structures in eight sub-Saharan African countries, in Greece and in Afghanistan."[2]

Product history

The Open Hospital project began following a meeting between the founders of Informatici Senza Frontiere (ISF) — an Italian non-profit using information technology to help those living in poverty and marginalization — and Dr. Mario Marsiaj, a long-time coordinator for St. Luke Hospital in Angal, Uganda. Needing an informatics solution for the hospital, Marsiaj worked with ISF to begin an open-source software development project on the hospital's behalf.[3] A Sourceforge project began on August 17, 2006[4], followed by several beta releases. A stable version 1.0 of the software was released on November 17, 2006.[1] With its success, further development continued, and more hospitals in Kenya, Afghanistan, Benin, and Congo adopted the HIS.[5]


The main features of Open Hospital include[4]:

  • patient registration and admission
  • outpatient management
  • ward and exam management
  • pregnancy management
  • pharmacy management
  • malnutrition control management
  • billing management
  • vaccine database
  • therapy management
  • messaging
  • reporting and statistics

Hardware/software requirements

The software requires:

  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6 or higher
  • MySQL server on the computer that will act as the OH-Server

Consult the administrator's manual for more information on installing Open Hospital.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using Open Hospital

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "OpenHospital". SourceForge. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. "Open Hospital - The project". Informatici Senza Frontiere. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. "Open Hospital". Informatici Senza Frontiere. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Open Hospital". SourceForge. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. National Geographic (25 May 2010). "Africa, internet in corsia". Retrieved 21 May 2014.