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OpenMRS Workshop for Central America

Posted by jblaya on July 12, 2009

Workshop participantsWe just finished a 3 day (July 8-10, 2009) workshop on OpenMRS in Guatemala for Ministry of Health and CDC personnel from different Central American countries, though unfortunately those from Honduras were not able to make it because of the current conflict there.

During this workshop we addressed:

  • The current state of medical informatics in the world and lessons learned from developed countries in the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
  • Overview of the PEPFAR program and CDC’s involvement in the region
  • Overview of OpenMRS, it’s vision, and current implementations
  • Other open source projects working with OpenMRS such as mobile devices (OpenROSA) and DHIS.
  • Installation of OpenMRS and modules
  • Creation of concepts and forms
  • Working with cohort builder
  • Creating reports and exports

In a broad group discussion we also found what were the benefits and disadvantages of OpenMRS that were most important in this region.  They will be included in a separate document to be attached. Finally, we had small group discussions about possible implementations of OpenMRS in projects and clinical sites throughout the different countries represented at the meeting.  All were excited about the ability of OpenMRS to unify the many disparate information systems that were being implemented for all of the different programs in their respective countries.  Overall, the meeting ended with a lot of enthusiasm showing the need for a Latin American OpenMRS Implementers meeting, which should happen in Lima in late september.

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