RAXA HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICES PVT LTD
Raxa is a mobile and web-based health information technology
company, based in India that continually striving to develop
and distribute health related content and software to link and
illuminate patient, providers and payers.
Raxa targeting India to deploy their EMR because of immense
IT development and poor health status mainly in rural area.
Recording of live motion videos of various Raxa EMR
modules mainly registration, screener and OPD.
Created HTML pages of same modules.
Feedback documentation of Raxa EMR.
OpenMRS is created with the belief to provide a base for information
storage, modification and retrieval in an efficient way. OpenMRS is a tool
designed for information technology and along with this, lessens
unnecessary duplicate efforts. OpenMRS is based on the principles of
accessible and exchange of ideas, software and methods of deployment and
OpenMRS, and Raxa EMR are readily available software and widely used.
But no studies till now have done extensive studies on its presents features
and to look for more advancement in these software's.
This rationale of this study is to extensively evaluate OpenMRS and Raxa
EMR version of OpenMRS and define the difference between two.
REVIEW OF LITERATURE
1. Humans Factor for capacity building: lessons learned from the OpenMRS
implementer’s network. (Seebregts CJ, 2010)
2. Implementing OpenMRS for patient monitoring in an HIV/AIDS care and
treatment program in rural Mozambique. (Manders EJ, 2010)
3. Experience implementing OpenMRS to support maternal and reproductive health
in North Nigeria. (Thompson A, 2010)
4. Experience in implementing the OpenMRS medical record system to support HIV
treatment in Rwanda. (Allen C, 2007)
5. Benefits of using the DCM4CHEE archive. (Max J. Warnock, 2007)
6. Evaluation of open source DICOM frameworks. (Vázquez A, 2007)
7. Picture Archiving and Communication Systems: an overview. (R.H.
8. Practical issues in picture archiving and communication system and networking.
(Kalyanpur A, 2010)
To study basic version of OpenMRS.
To study basic version of OpenMRS.
To explore Raxa EMR OpenMRS version.
To compare basic OpenMRS with Raxa EMR version of
This is an observational study. Where I sit with developmental team to
understand the basics of Raxa EMR.
Activities included were:
Development of Raxa tools.
Analysis of Raxa EMR.
Creating of patient record in Raxa EMR.
Analysis of OpenMRS.
Creating of patient data in OpenMRS.
KEY STUDY FINDINGS
After exploring OpenMRS, findings are like:
OpenMRS is big and slow Because of availability of huge template.
OpenMRS is not organized to guide progression to next step.
Registration form include unnecessary details like latitude and longitude.
Saving an encounter is lengthy procedure.
Extensive medical dictionary for medicines need to be added.
A user guide need to be added with each concept.
Salient features like to add relationship with patient, allergy and problem list
Users can make changes in it according to their need.
After Working On Raxa EMR, the findings are:
The biggest benefit of Raxa EMR is its smooth functionality on web and
Raxa EMR has come up with unique feature to capture patient picture for
In Raxa EMR you can upload any diagnostic report from your system to
Raxa provides decision support templates.
Raxa EMR has extensive list of medicines.
The user do not have the liberty to make changes in Raxa EMR. But to
customize it to their need they have to pay.
On comparison between basic OpenMRS version and Raxa EMR Version of
OpenMRS, the findings are:
OpenMRS is huge whereas Raxa EMR is concise.
Raxa EMR is more user friendly than OpenMRS.
Raxa EMR can be accessed on tablets, but OpenMRS cannot.
OpenMRS provides no decision support where as Raxa EMR has developed
Raxa EMR allow the patient to access their medical records, but OpenMRS
provide no such liberty to patient.
Key findings revealed after DCM4CHEE observation are:
Patient information can be merged to prevent duplication of same patient
It also provides an option to add patient directly in PACS.
Patient images can be exported to other destinations.
Patient attributes can also be edited.
It enables viewing images in HTML, PDF and waveform format.
DCM4CHEE allows offline storage too.
OpenMRS is initaited with concept of sharing ideas to improve service
delivery. The success of OpenMRS inspired the community to expand
OpenMRS standards and values encouraged Raxa to use it as their backend
support. But Raxa has implemented its own tool with basic OpenMRS.
Although both OpenMRS and Raxa EMR are comprehensive enough to
cover basic needs of physician still they can update it and make it more
The recommendations suggested are:
The physician should integrate OpenMRS in their setup.
OpenMRS community need to focus more on user support.
Regular evaluation should be done to improve features.
For Indian physicians Raxa EMR is better option to be install at their
OpenMRS and PACS are OSS that are designed to provide a platform to
physicians to explore and understand the flow of information management
Through this study OpenMRS, Raxa EMR and PACS were observed to
figure out their functioning and efficiency in clinical setup.
The findings revealed that OpenMRS and Raxa EMR is quite
comprehensive but still can be improved more.
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