An operating system is the most vital program that runs on a computer. This is the system that determines what other programs are able to run on a computer. The fundamental tasks, such as recognizing your speakers, keyboard, mouse or keeping track of your files is dependent on the type of operating system on your computer.

More importantly, operating systems enable you to run other programs, such as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Therefore, it is important to know what type of operating system your computer is on (DOS, OS/2, Windows, Linux, etc.) to determine if the EHR you are looking to purchase will run smoothly.

A perfect example is if you are a MAC user. Majority of the EHRs do not run on MAC’s operating system. Therefore, you will have to do more research just to determine which EHRs do work in a MAC environment.

Asking about the operating system the EHR runs on will help you determine if you need to purchase new hardware, or if your current computers are adequate. Almost all of the EHRs function on in a Windows environment. If you do NOT have Windows as your operating system, make sure to ask the EHR vendors if they have a product that runs on other operating systems.

If you are interested in doing your own research, visit and click the link ‘Expand this list…’ Click the Information ‘I’ icon and you will be able to review each vendor’s profile. Within this profile, you are able to see the operating systems that are compatible with the EHR.