Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS)
Country of Operation
- Partners In Health (PIH)Not-for-profit
- Regenstrief Institute, IncNot-for-profit
- Ministry of Health/Treatment and Research AIDs Centre (MoH/TRAC)Government
SummaryOpen Medical Record System (OpenMRS) is an efficient electronic medical record (EMR) storage and retrieval systems for treating the millions of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) patients in the developing world.
The goal of this program is to provide the beginnings of an EMR that is suitable for all groups involved with health care in developing countries.
Key program components
OpenMRS is a free, open source software, which enables the system to be as widely accessible as possible by sites with limited funding.The system is based on open standards for medical data exchange such as HL7, allowing the exchange of patient data with other medical information systems. In Rwanda, the program has developed tools in general primary care and chronic disease management, such as heart failure. It also allows non-programmers to report outcomes and other important data for HIV/AIDS, TB and other diseases. PIH is working with the Rwandan government on an ambitious plan to roll out OpenMRS to 250 clinics in Rwanda. The system will support HIV treatment, primary care, and other clinical problems. **PIH-EMR Peru** It has records on over 25,000 patients, almost 7,500 of whom have started or completed treatment for MDR-TB. The system is designed to collect baseline data on patient assessment, bacteriology test results, drug regimens and patient outcomes. It includes: * Extensive tools for data analysis * Drug forecasting and communication tools to improve the quality of laboratory data and reduce treatment delays In addition, we have also created a system using Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to enter information into the PIH-EMR. PDAs are used to track over 3,500 monthly laboratory results from more than 120 health establishments throughout Peru. The data collection team travels to the health center or laboratory and enters information into the PDA. They then synchronize the PDAs with the computers in the home office, transferring the data into the PIH-EMR. This method of data collection has reduced delays in data entry and has increased efficiency in data entry by 40 percent and reduced data entry errors. **e-Chasqui Peru** This system provides direct web access to critical laboratory data in Peru, the PIH-EMR now includes a component that permits web-based entry of tuberculosis laboratory results at all regional and central laboratories performing these tests.