Your data needs to be safe absolutely safe! At least safer than using the conventional paper based system.
Most affordable software available at present can't deliver this single most important item: loss of data is possible, in fact happens all the time in some systems. So what is the solution?
A system that runs on safe and stable multi-user platforms, is based on a "industrial strength" client-server database kernel with at least transaction logging, has the complete source code available including the source of the database kernel,
GNUMed will use encryption algorithms of the highest available standards. No concessions are made to regulations restricting the essential human right of privacy.
GNUMed stores all data encrypted so that even hardware theft does not give disallowed data access. GNUMed will provide software RAID mechanisms for those who can't afford hardware RAID systems.
GnuMed will be most suited to doctors in community practice, especially general practice, but may suit others who provide a degree of comprehensive care (general internists, pediatricians, others).
GnuMed will operate on networks of a few to many users, and will support secure, remote access. GnuMed will also operate on a single computer, which makes it possible to initially examine the software, and may suit doctors or nurse clinicians serving rural or disadvantaged areas with limited infrastructure.