Educational Resources (Open Source)

Sesneber is blessed in having on its advisory board people with not only medical background, including nuclear medicine, but also members who are actively working in the field of bioinformatics with doctorate degrees in the field of Computer Science. During the course of our work, we continuously come across both online and physical tools, a lot of them available at no cost, that would be a wonderful resource for any medical teaching and research facility. To this end, we would like to highlight those findings on these pages with the hope that they will benefit others.

As this is a new section on our website, we will slowly try to categorize and re-categorize the lists below to allow them to be able to be better searched by our readers. If you have any suggestions for us, please contact us with the details about any similar and useful but open-source resources and we would be more than happy to list them here.

Radiology Image Database is made available by Life in the Fast Lane.

LITFL is a medical blog and website dedicated to providing online emergency medicine and critical care insights and education for everyone, everywhere.

LITFL is free and open to all — they invite you to use their content in anyway to help others learn; all they ask is that you spread the word about the FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) revolution…and get #FOAMed !

The Visible Human Project® is an outgrowth of the NLM’s 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals.

The long-term goal of the Visible Human Project® is to produce a system of knowledge structures that will transparently link visual knowledge forms to symbolic knowledge formats such as the names of body parts.

For more information, please visit the project website.

Zygote Body, formerly Google Body, is a web application by Zygote Media Group that renders manipulable 3D anatomical models of the human body. Several layers from muscle tissues down to blood vessels can be made transparent to allow better study of individual body parts. See related Wikipedia article for more info.

You can use this open-source tool here.

The following list is sourced from Wikipedia from the following link: Text below is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply by Wikipedia. Sesneber International does not take any credit to the list below and is simply making it available for use by the medical community for their benefit.

Public health and biosurveillance

Dental management and patient record

  • Open Dental is the first open-source dental management package with very broad capabilities on record management, patient scheduling and dental office management.

Electronic health or medical record

  • CottageMed is a cross-platform electronic medical record system based on FileMaker. CottageMed is released under the GPL
  • FreeMED is a practice management and electronic and computer records system. It allows the tracking of medical data, in detail, with preservation not just of the diagnosis but the reasons for medical encounters. FreeMED is released under the GPL
  • GaiaEHR is a modern open source electronic health record developed using PHP and Ext JS.
  • GNUmed is a WxPython application that uses PostgreSQL.
  • GNU Health is a free, centralized, highly scalable health and hospital information system
  • Hospital OS Open source hospital information system in Thai
  • HOSxP is a hospital information system, including Electronic health record (EHR), in use in over 70 hospitals across Thailand.
  • Mirth (software) is an open source cross-platform HL7 interface engine that enables bi-directional sending of HL7 messages between systems and applications over multiple transports.
  • NOSH ChartingSystem (source code) is an electronic health record system and patient portal system based off ofLaravel_(framework)PHP, and jQuery.
  • openEHR is an open standard specification in health informatics that describes the management and storage, retrieval and exchange of health data in electronic health records (EHRs) following a two-level modelling paradigm.
  • OpenEMR an open-source PHP-based [1] electronic medical record (EMR) system.
  • OpenMRS is a community-developed, open-source, enterprise EMR framework. Extensible and scalable EMR based on Java.
  • OSCAR McMaster an open-source electronic medical record (EMR) software. The billing component of the software is specialized for the needs of the Canadian health-care providers.
  • THIRRA (EHR) is a web based EHR application designed primarily for narrowband. It was released under the Mozilla Public License and includes communicable diseases biosurveillance feature. THIRRA uses PHP5, CodeIgniter and PostgreSQL.
  • VistA – Veterans Administrations integrated electronic health record system available for non-governmental use as OpenVista orWorldVistA.
  • ZEPRS The ZEPRS application is an electronic patient record system that enables clinicians to enter data from patient visits using a web browser.
  • SmartCare is a C# windows based EHR application, with working installations in Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa. It is designed with the state of poor connectivity in developing countries in mind, making use of SmartCards to store patient level information. Its core development team is based in Zambia where the Government has adopted it as its national EHR.

Medical practice management software

  • ClearHealth covers the five major areas of practice operations including scheduling, billing, EMR, HIPAA Security and accounts receivable.
  • FreeMED is a practice management and electronic and computer records system. It allows the tracking of medical data, in detail, with preservation not just of the diagnosis but the reasons for medical encounters. FreeMED is released under the LGPL GNU license.FreeMED is an HIPAA compliant FOSS practice management system that handles billing.
  • GNU Health is a free, centralized, highly scalable health and hospital information system
  • MedinTux MedinTux is a French medical practice management system, with a web interface as well as a desktop one, that has been initially to manage a hospital emergency department. Being very modular, it has been extended to run also many different smaller practices. It works on GNU/LinuxMac OS XMicrosoft Windows
  • Open Dental Dental practice management
  • OpenEMR A free medical practice management, electronic medical records, prescription writing, and medical billing application.

Health system management

  • DHIS Open-source district health management information system and data warehouse (license: BSD license)
  • HRHIS Open-source human resource for health information system for management of human resources for health developed byUniversity of Dar es Salaam, Department of Computer Science, for Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Tanzania) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (license: GPLv3)


  • Drishti is a volumetric visualisation package for viewing computer tomography data. Able to import DICOM image stacks.
  • Endrov Image and data viewer and editor
  • ITK segmentation and registration toolkit
  • InVesalius 3D medical imaging reconstruction software
  • ITK-SNAP Interactive software for 3D image navigation, annotation and automatic segmentation
  • Ginkgo CADx Cross-platform open source DICOM viewer and dicomizer.
  • Orthanc – Lightweight, RESTful DICOM store
  • OsiriX – 3D DICOM medical viewer for Mac OS X. Complete DICOM Viewer with DICOM network support
  • ParaView large-scale visualization tool
  • 3DSlicer Platform for medical image visualization and algorithm development. DICOM support, segmentation and registration, Diffusion MRI processing, and image guided surgery support.
  • Voreen volume rendering engine—a library for visually exploring volume data sets. DICOM is supported and Voreen is used in medical visualization as well as for visualizing electron microscopy data.
  • VTK visualization toolkit
  • Xebra (medical imaging software)
  • GIMIAS workflow-oriented environment focused on biomedical image computing and simulation

Medical information systems

  • Caisis is a web based information system for the storage and analysis of cancer patient data intended to bridge the gap between clinic and research (license: GPL)


  • LabKey Server is an extensible platform for integrating, analyzing and sharing all types of biomedical research data. It provides secure, web-based access to research data and includes a customizable data processing pipeline.

Mobile devices

  • Ushahidi Allows people to submit crisis information through text messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form. Displays information in map view.

Out-of-the-box distributions

Interoperability testing

Libraries and units