Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Multi-language OSCAR

Trying out the multi-language features of OSCAR has never been easier.

Although the number of language packs included in the new OSCAR 9.06 base distribution is still small, the mechanism to perform basic language translation is reasonably easy, and trying it out is as simple as telling your web browser (easiest if you are running Firefox), that you would like to see OSCAR in another language.

Would you like to try OSCAR in French? If you are running OSCAR 9.06, all you need to do is open your Firefox preferences, go to the Content tab and under Languages, choose "French [Fr]". Now, restart your browser, point it at OSCAR and voilĂ !

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to translate OSCAR to a new language. It is as simple as editing a single file and swapping out the English words for the dialect of your choice.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

OSCAR vs. Practice Solutions

OSCAR and Practice Solutions have become the two must-have EMR finalists on your shortlist evaluation when making a decision on which EMR to choose in Ontario.

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Practice Solutions and OSCAR are both government certified, standards supporting and based on modern architectural and user interface paradigms. Furthermore, both OSCAR and Practice Solutions will support either hosted or local deployment models.

From a user's perspective, the Graphical User Interface is the most important, make-it-or-break-it function within an EMR. Put simply, without a modern, freeform based data input model, your EMR will slow you down and frustrate you on a daily basis.

Luckily, both OSCAR and Practice Solutions have implemented very similar user experiences.

And so, considering both have similar certifications, support similar standards, offer equivalent functionality, and are both based on modern, user friendly interfaces, how does one decide on which EMR to deploy?

If you want to go with the EMR with the largest market share, the one owned by the Canadian Medical Association, then your choice is clear - Practice Solutions is your choice. It is not a bad choice. Practice Solutions EMR is a reasonably architected, user friendly software application. The CMA is a very large organization with many resources and significant assets.

OSCAR, on the other hand, continues to beat Practice Solutions in numerous head to head competitions. OSCAR has become the EMR of choice for practitioners that care about ease of use, cost, choice of supplier, platform flexibility, and data stewardship.

The OSCAR advantage is significant and hard to ignore.

  • OSCAR costs significantly less. OSCAR is the least expensive, full featured and fully certified EMR to deploy and operate. There are no license fees. You do not have to pay annual support fees forever.

  • OSCAR is open source. You own your data. No one has the right to take that data away from you.

  • OSCAR is free of software bombs. You can not be locked out of your system by your vendor because you did not pay your annual maintenance fee, or whatever other reason your vendor may dream up. There are no back-doors in OSCAR. There are no super user passwords that change everyday without your knowledge or consent. Your OSCAR EMR is your EMR.

  • OSCAR runs on commodity hardware. Any computer workstation that has a web browser is capable of running OSCAR. You do not need to purchase all new top of the line workstations. In most cases, your existing workstations will be just fine.

  • OSCAR is open to end user modifications and enhancements. You are free to change OSCAR to meet your specific needs. You do not have to ask for permission.

  • OSCAR is available from multiple sources. Whether you support your own OSCAR installation or choose from one of many OSCAR support companies, you are free to pick the supplier that satisfies your specific requirements.

OSCAR versus Practice Solutions. OSCAR gives you more of what you want and less of what you didn't know you were about to get.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Latest OSCAR Installation Instructions

For the OSCAR do-it-yourself-ers out there, we have updated the OSCAR installation guide to cover off the OSCAR v9.06 release.

The new install guide can be found here.