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Posted by pihemr on February 4, 2008

Welcome to the PIH-EMR Team Blog! We are a team of 12 people working on medical information systems for Partners In Health (PIH), a health care non-profit that works in developing countries. PIH provides free, high-quality health care in some of the poorest parts of the world including rural Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi and Mexico. We provide primary care, and specialize in the treatment of HIV. We also provide specialized treatment fro drug resistant tuberculosis in Peru and Russia, and now Haiti and Lesotho as well.

The EMR team develops and deploys electronic medical records – EMRs – for patients being treated for HIV or MDR TB who need long-term treatment. The need to closely monitor these patients and track their laboratory data and drug regimens presents a major challenge, especially in the resource-poor areas in which PIH works. All our EMR systems are web-based, starting with the original system for MDR TB patients in Peru in 2000-2001. We are now concentrating most of our effort on developing and deploying the OpenMRS system, a new open source EMR architecture jointly developed by PIH and the Regenstrief Institute in Indiana and the Medical Research Council in South Africa. This is now a growing open source project with developers and collaborators from the US, several African countries, Peru, Haiti and soon India.

In this Blog we will post our updates on the systems, and the progress in setting them up and using them in the 5 current PIH EMR sites. We will talk about the ideas behind the systems, the challenges we face and the progress in hardware software and useful data and some cool results from evaluation studies.

-Hamish Fraser


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