OWF12/Foss for Humanity Introducing OpenMRS

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  • 1. Introducing OpenMRS:Building Local Capacity through FOSS + Health IT DR. JULIUS AWAKAME – LESLIE HAWTHORN OPEN WORLD FORUM 2012
  • 2. Dr. Julius Awakame● Origin: Ghanaian Psychiatrist based in the UK● Status: Part-time PhD Health Informatics Student University of Leeds● PhD topic: Challenges & Opportunities of using mobile tele-psychiatry in SSA, focus on Ghana● Method: OpenMRS/ODK based mobile platform
  • 3. Leslie Hawthorn
  • 4. Source: Vardion, http://bit.ly/xUVDJv
  • 5. A NATIONAL & GLOBAL CRISIS
  • 6. FROM TWOPARTNERS TOONE COMMUNITY.2004: INDIANA UNIVERSITY & PARTNERS IN HEALTH
  • 7. VIRALENTREPRENEURSHIP:HEALTH IT PLATFORMS CREATE GLOBAL SYNERGY.
  • 8. DEVELOPER TRAINING, RWANDA
  • 9. …INDIVIDUAL RELATIONSHIPS.
  • 10. LOCAL.NATIONAL.WORLDWIDE.COLLABORATION KNOWS NO BOUNDS.
  • 11. Global OpenMRS Implementations - 1 Ghana Mobile Tele-psychiatry (PhD) Project● Ghanas Population = 24million● Estimated number of mod./severe psych. Problems = 600,000● Number of psychiatrists = 5● Moves to breakup lunatic asylums = 3 large ones in Ghana● OpenMRS will support Community Based Treatment & Rehab● Http://www.wahifp.org/ghanatelepsychiatry.html
  • 12. Global OpenMRS Deployments - 2● National Medical Record System – Rwanda.● Crade-to-grave EHCR.● First on such a scale in SSA.● For a country being built from scratch.● Removes perception OpenMRS is only for small small scale village deployments.
  • 13. Global OpenMRS Deployments - 3 OpenMRS Business Start-ups● eHealth Systems In Santiago, Chile● An OpenMRS-based start-up company providing: ● Health IT consulting ● Implementation services● FOSS for medicine business model forum being considered soon in Ghana.● Critical for success propagation of OpenMRS
  • 14. Global OpenMRS Deployments - 4 Millennium Villages Project (s)● Large multi-centre projects – truly global● More than 10 centres spread across the globe – Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya etc.● Usually in severely deprived regions.● Adopt holistic approach to health including agriculture, education, health, business development etc
  • 15. OpenMRS – What You Need To Begin - 1● Clean the dust off that old PC Box.● Join the OpenMRS Implementer/Developer Community● Download the standalone version to try● Learn to read the wikis.● Attend the OpenMRS Conferences and workshops● Attend OpenMRS University.
  • 16. OpenMRS – What You Need To Begin - 2● Empathy with those who are suffering.● Desire to sacrifice to do something about the problems of the underprivileged.● Strong motivation and be self-reliant even in an online community.● Humility to ask for help when needed: OpenMRS has a sharp learning curve.● Interest in computing and computer programming knowledge in general – Java, JavaScript, MySQL, HTML, XForms, HL7.
  • 17. dziękuję shukriyamerci mauliate ar kun amesegenallo imena ke itumelazikomo THANK YOU toda raba enkosi spasibi danke ngiyabonga go raibh maith agaibh matur suksma siyabonga murakoze asante sana ngiyabonga agyamanac 謝謝大家 terima kasih ndatenda