The OpenMRS Community has released a major upgrade to to its widely deployed open source EHR, OpenMRS. The result of the work of more than 100 OpenMRS Community Members from around the world the OpenMRS Platform 2.0 release is the first release of the 2.x family and takes a quantum leap in its base technology as it incorporates the latest web technologies and standards into its modular architecture. At the same time, OpenMRS retains the capability of supporting many legacy features.
OpenMRS is an open source health information technology (health IT) medical record system platform, designed by a global community to facilitate better healthcare delivery. Initially designed to support HIV clinics in Kenya and Rwanda, OpenMRS has grown dramatically in the last decade and is used in both research and clinical settings. It is currently deployed in over 40 countries and has been translated into even more languages. More than 12 countries are currently implementing OpenMRS as their national health information technology system; major health systems in more than 20 other countries are also utilizing OpenMRS as their health IT system.
The OpenMRS Platform is based upon a conceptual, structured, and standardized database that can be extended for different clinical, administrative, and research uses. OpenMRS has created a common platform that supports health informatics efforts in low and middle income countries to meet their health IT needs. OpenMRS promotes information stored in a structured manner, making it easier to reuse, summarize, and analyze data as well as evaluate outcomes.
OpenMRS has a core concept dictionary that defines all diagnoses, tests, procedures, drugs, and other general questions and potential answers. OpenMRS was developed as a modular client-server application designed to work in environments where many client computers access the same information on a server. The new release of OpenMRS helps facilitate cloud-based deployment. Recently, OpenMRS was deployed as a cloud-based solution in Laos by Mekom, an OpenMRS service provider.
OpenMRS includes an electronic medical record system platform and a reference application that supports the design of a customized medical records system. There are several layers to the system, and the OpenMRS Platform includes:
The OpenMRS Reference Application is a web application built upon the Platform and provides basic medical record system functionality within a graphical user interface.. The Reference Application allows the end user and the health care team to view patient data at the point of care. In addition, the Reference Application facilitates direct input of clinical data (for instance, vitals, allergies, purpose of visit, lab data, etc.) during the clinical visit.
The OpenMRS community is a worldwide network of volunteers from many different backgrounds and skills including technology, healthcare, and international development that includes clinicians, informaticians, developers, quality assurance testers, implementers, and more. Together, we're working to build the world's most widely-used and flexible medical record system platform to support delivery of health care in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.
We are extremely proud of the volunteer contributors who routinely contribute their innovations on the OpenMRS stack, helping OpenMRS implementations improve healthcare worldwide. Over 100 OpenMRS volunteers engaged in the requirements, development, quality assurance, and release process of this new Platform over the past year.
The release of OpenMRS Platform 2.0 sets the stage for the next OpenMRS Implementers Meeting, scheduled to take place December 6-11, 2016, at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda. This international meeting is hosted by the Uganda OpenMRS community. The theme of this meeting is “Better Patient Outcomes: Innovating and strengthening systems.”
The meeting will serve both as an OpenMRS community meeting as well as a venue for demonstrating Uganda’s significant investment in OpenMRS. There will be a wide range of sessions to address core technology issues as well as the needs of both developers and implementers. In addition, the conference will provide sessions to discuss the operational and programmatic needs of the OpenMRS community. Please refer to the OpenMRS web site for further information about the upcoming meeting.
OpenMRS has developed a guide for module developers to facilitate the migration of different modules to Platform 2.0. You can download Platform 2.0 at download.openmrs.org. Further information is available in the Release Notes.
We would love to hear about your experience using Platform 2.0. Please do share your feedback, suggestions, and comments on OpenMRS Talk at https://talk.openmrs.org.
We look forward to your ongoing participation and involvement with the OpenMRS community. Write code. Save lives.