UgandaEMR is an application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge (although medical and systems analysis knowledge is required). It is a common framework upon which medical informatics efforts in developing countries can be built. UgandaEMR is based on OpenMRS which is an internationally recorgnized open-source software.
UgandaEMR has a community of over 500 people working to apply health information technologies to solve problems, primarily in resource-poor environments. We are a proud community of developers, implementers, funders, and users all trying to make the world a better place by using our expertise to improve the health and wellness of the planet.
UgandaEMR is for people that need to implement a medical records system. It is both just a library of API calls and a database and a default implementation of those API calls in the form of a web application.
UgandaEMR is a free, open-source program. All of the core resources needed are open source and freely available.
UgandaERM is in about 340 sites across Uganda. Further implementations are underway in other locations locally. Nearly five hundred thousand discrete observations have been collected for nearly 1,000 HIV patients with over 55,000 encounters. We project by the end of 2016 we shall have over 1000 installations of OpenMRS across Uganda.
At this stage, UgandaEMR requires a fairly sophisticated team of implementers to install and run. We are working toward a pre-built implementation that would allow more clinic sites to take advantage of a sophisticated, scalable EMR without needing the expertise to support and maintain it at a low level. UgandaEMR is backed by a data model driven by a concept dictionary, allowing for the collection of coded, reusable data without requiring changes to the data model. Furthermore, UgandaEMR is not based on an HIV-centric data model, so it can be adapted for use in tuberculosis, malaria, or general medical care.
UgandaEMR is built on top of OpenMRS. It is programmed in Java and the core application works through a web-browser. Hibernate is used as an interface layer to the database. Tomcat is used as the web application server. The back end database is currently in MySQL. The system creates HTML form entry module for form design.
The JRE is sufficient unless you are planning on doing code development.
UgandaEMR is a work in progress. The source code is always freely available for your review and download.
Our demo is a basic installation of UgandaEMR with some common add-on modules and a sample patient data set. Try it out today!
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