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PopHealth logo.png
Developer(s) OSEHRA
Initial release February 5, 2010 (2010-02-05) (0.2)[1]
Stable release

6.2.2  (December 6, 2022; 52 days ago (2022-12-06))

Preview release 6.1.0 Beta  (December 17, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-12-17)) [±]
Written in Ruby (on Rails)
Platform Cross-platform
Type Healthcare reporting software
License(s) Apache License v2.0
Website osehra.org/popHealth

popHealth is free open-source healthcare reporting software, described as such:

"popHealth is an open source reference implementation software service that automates the reporting of Meaningful Use quality measures. popHealth integrates with a healthcare provider's electronic health record (EHR) system using continuity of care records. popHealth streamlines the automated generation of summary quality measure reports on the provider's patient population."[2]

Product history

On September 21, 2009, the popHealth open-source project was approved for funding by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).[1] The MITRE Corporation would act as the primary developer of the software, which would be designed to be compatible with ONC-certified electronic health record systems.[2] The software would use Health Level 7's Continuity of Care Document and Continuity of Care Record standards to allow healthcare providers to extract quality data from patients' records.[3]

The first commit to the associated GitHub project occurred on October 5[4], and a stable prototype version 0.2 of popHealth was made finally available to the public on February 25 and 26, 2010.[1][3] Version 1.0 of the software was released on April 7, 2011.[5]

On January 21, 2014, members of the popHealth community attended a stakeholder meeting to discuss the transition of popHealth to the open source community. The ONC stated:

"[T]here is a large and diverse user group that is utilizing the application (and/or parts of the technology) for a variety of use cases. These uses of the technology will set the stage for the application’s long-term utility. Ultimately, the governance and development of popHealth will be transitioned from being a government-supported piece of software to one that is supported by the open source community."[6]

In March 2014, tentative dates were set for the transition process: April 1, 2014 – July 1, 2014.[7] At the end of July, a transition plan was published, indicating[8]:

  • a source code freeze on GitHub in mid-September 2014;
  • a transfer/fork of the source code to an open-source development team;
  • the take-down of the ONC popHealth website;
  • a continuation of the associated listserv; and
  • a discontinuation of the old popHealth logo.

By late 2015, popHealth became "part of the 'Population Health Analytics Suite' stewarded by the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance."[9] The first open-source community release from the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) arrived as version 4.0.0 on November 17, 2015.[10]


Features of popHealth include[11]:

  • view quality measure results by patient demographics or provider characteristics
  • view quality measure parameters
  • view patient lists and single patients
  • customize the reporting period
  • manually exclude patients from patient lists
  • manage provider records

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for popHealth include:

  • an NLM VSAC account
  • Ubuntu
  • Git
  • RVM and Ruby 2.2.5
  • MongoDB

Consult the installation guide for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using popHealth

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "popHealth - An Open Source Population Health Reporting Prototype". The MITRE Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 March 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100315154916/http://projectpophealth.org/. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "popHealth - Frequently Asked Questions". The MITRE Corporation. Archived from the original on 22 January 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160122212949/http://projectpophealth.org/faq.html. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mosquera, Mary (26 February 2010). "ONC unveils "popHealth' for EHR-based quality reporting". Government Health IT. HIMSS Media. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120513024248/http://www.govhealthit.com/news/onc-unveils-‘pophealth-ehr-based-quality-reporting. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  4. "intitial commit". GitHub. 5 October 2009. https://github.com/OSEHRA/popHealth/commit/86eaee96d9ead5c353f36a851390b50e2b444e30. Retrieved 31 may 2019. 
  5. "popHealth - An Open Source Quality Measure Reference Implementation". The MITRE Corporation. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20110727185610/http://projectpophealth.org/. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  6. "popHealth – Overview of Plan to Transition Governance to the Open Source Community" (PDF). National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 2013. Archived from the original on 03 June 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140603010234/http://projectpophealth.org/documents/pophealth_overview_governance_transition_plan.pdf. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  7. "popHealth Stakeholder Meeting Summary 3/20/14" (PDF). National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 03 June 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140603010157/http://projectpophealth.org/documents/popHealth_stakeholder_mar_mtg_summary_draft.pdf. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  8. Office of the National Coordinator (31 July 2014). "Process for 2014 Transition of popHealth to Open Source Community" (PDF). Archived from the original on 01 April 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160401191754/http://projectpophealth.org/documents/popHealth%20Transition%20memo%207-31-14%20(FINAL).pdf. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  9. Center for Healthcare Transparency (9 November 2015). "Increasing transparency on the relative cost and quality of healthcare" (PDF). Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. http://www.nrhi.org/uploads/grcinci-proposal-cht-innovation-pilot-rfp-2014-07-v10-final-draft.pdf. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  10. OSEHRA (17 November 2015). "OSEHRA/popHealth - v4.0.0". GitHub. https://github.com/OSEHRA/popHealth/releases/tag/v4.0.0. Retrieved 31 May 2019. 
  11. "popHealth code Windows User Instructions" (PDF). OSEHRA. 17 April 2012. https://www.osehra.org/sites/default/files/pophealth_doc/pophealth_instructions_04172012-new.pdf. Retrieved 31 May 2019.