LibreHealth EHR for Education

LibreHealth Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Education

The LibreHealth Education Team is lead by the following members of the LibreHealth community. You can join the team, if you would like to contribute to the below mission, vision and objectives. Please feel free to connect with us on LibreHealth Forums


  • Robert Hoyt (UWF)
  • Saptarshi Purkayastha (IUPUI)
  • Judy Gichoya (Indiana University School of Medicine)
  • Kevin Yeh

About Us: The Steering Committee for LibreHealth EHR had the vision of offering a separate open source electronic health record (EHR) devoted to education. The vision was further promoted and supported by the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of West Florida (UWF). These individuals and universities were very aware of the shortage of EHR models that could be used by a variety of clinical, health informatics, health information management and health science students and faculty. It is their hope that offering an affordable open-source EHR for education will further EHR training, health education and research.

Mission: to utilize an existing open-source electronic health record (LibreHealth EHR) that will include de-identified patient-level data.

Vision: create a state-of-the-art educational ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) that is customizable and affordable, with high usability and accessibility for a variety of health informatics, health information management and health science students

Strategies: populate the open-source LibreHealth EHR with patient data from the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data set.

Goals: After implementation, the goals are as follows:

  • Provide a realistic web-based EHR for informatics, HIM and health sciences students and instructors
  • Host the EHR on a platform that is affordable for multiple users
  • Develop real-world scenarios and case studies for the educational EHR
  • Develop a research platform so NHANES data within the EHR can be mined


  • Populate the EHR with selected patient data from NHANES 2011-2012 collection period by July 1, 2017
  • Identify a web hosting service that allows multiple EHR instances and is affordable
  • Create 5 teaching scenarios by August 1, 2017
  • Identify the most secure method to give access to database data in LibreHealth for multiple instructors

Action plans:

  • Technical:

    • Complete the uploading process of NHANES data
    • Identify the best web hosting platform for multiple universities to participate
    • Identify the best and most secure mechanism for data downloads for analysis, such as SQL data dumps
    • Create a new web page on for this educational initiative
    • Make LibreHealth EHR software available for installation on GitHub with installation instructions

  • Educational:

    • Evaluate the membership and activities of the Education Team
    • Discuss whether commercial partners exist for the educational EHR
    • Develop teaching scenarios and case studies for hands on exercises.
    • Create realistic patient encounter notes and imaging for a core of test patients (for example 20 patients with common diagnoses).
    • Discuss at 2017 AMIA InSpire Conference
    • Identify test universities for the LibreHealth educational EHR for the fall semester
    • IUPUI to work on grant funding for expansion and enhancement of LibreHealth EHR for education