Burke Mamlin, MD

Dr. Mamlin is a senior medical informatics researcher and internist whose research interests include informatics interventions in resource-constrained environments, decision support systems and open communities of practice. He is the co-founder and project lead of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations, which is currently deployed in over 80 countries throughout the world.

For more than three decades, Dr. Mamlin has been involved in the design and development of computer applications for medicine at Regenstrief Institute with a focus on physician order entry. He helped create the Medical Gopher Order Entry system and helped lead the development of its’ successor, which has been used by Eskenazi Health since 2012. He has extensive programming experience and continues to practice medicine as a general internist while mentoring informatics fellows.

Dr. Mamlin is applying his experience at Regenstrief to the design and development of OpenMRS.org, an electronic medical record system platform for developing counties. OpenMRS is used in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of Indiana University’s Kenya Program – as well as being deployed in dozens of other countries.

“Too often, health IT designed to emulate paper processes becomes a distraction to care. The promise of health IT is for it to become a valuable part of the healthcare team, a participant in the conversation and not simply a passive tool. And we as physicians must understand its potential and become active participants in its development or the potential.”