I’m definitely supportive of this… this is something we need. I think I’d want to debate the “use as much of Bahmni as we can” as I think we might want to focus on some of the new designs that Greg has come up with. But I think that is more “weeds” and something we work out as we go along.
I think one key early step would be determine the size and makeup of the team we’d need to work on this, and see if we can get the commitment of resources required, either by seconded resources and/or fundraising. I don’t think the team needs to be huge, but I do think we need a core team of relatively senior people (maybe 3 to 4? I’d need to give it some thought) who can be committed to dedicating the majority of their time (90%-100%) over an extended period (6 months to a year). I think we need a strong core team that can wake up every morning and have this be their key priority if this is going to be a success.
(In the initial days of OpenMRS, PIH didn’t have a ton of systems in place, and @darius was able to focus a large chunk of his time just on OpenMRS, but now I find we are supporting numerous implementations and our time to dedicate to shared projects are limited, and I feel like other organizations are likely in a similar situation. We may all agree that we can produce more if we work together, but I want to make sure if we move forward we don’t just pay lip service to that, and when push comes to shove we stand by our commitment of resources… otherwise this initiative could easily fail).
Take care, Mark