On behalf of the entire OpenMRS community, we wish to express our thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the upcoming OpenMRS Implementers Meeting in Uganda. We look forward to sharing the wonderful work that multiple communities have been doing in support of the region. It’s also a great chance to discuss their current and future plans.
Please join us in Uganda in September. We look forward to seeing you in Kampala!
Uganda 2016: eHealth for better patient outcomes: Innovating and strengthening systems (6th - 11th September 2016).
OpenMRS Implementers Meetings are a way to bring health care professionals and OpenMRS implementers together to collaborate, share implementation experiences, and discover new ways to improve OpenMRS. For Uganda 2016, we are excited to collaborate closely with the DHIS and OpenHIE communities to focus on eHealth for better patient outcomes, innovating and strengthening systems. Some of the conference themes include:
eHealth: The cost effective and secure use of ICT in support of health and health related fields, including health care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research.
Patient Outcomes: The arc of history is increasingly clear: health care is shifting focus from the volume of services delivered to the value created for patients, with “value” defined as the outcomes achieved relative to the costs.
Innovating: Updating and transforming: Strengthening Systems: Interoperability, standards and integration of data through OpenHIE to improve data sharing, reporting and use.
Who should attend?
People new to OpenMRS who want to connect to others using the platform around the world Experienced OpenMRS implementers who want to share their experiences and learn from others OpenMRS platform developers – anyone building systems to integrate with or extend OpenMRS Developers of related health and healthcare application software Health practitioners, researchers and publishers You!
Why you should attend!
This event provides an opportunity for developers to collaborate and improve their technical skills in OpenMRS, implementers to share their best practices from implementations, and users to propose and prioritize their top features in future releases of the software. The event will also include visits to OpenMRS implementation sites along with a discussion afterward for participants to share their experience and suggestions.
For more details, please visit http://om.rs/uganda2016
How one proposes session ideas:
We’re proposing a semi-unconference format, with a number of pre-arranged sessions based on key regional issues, followed by open slots for unconference sessions. Do you want to lead a session? Do you have an idea for what you’d like to see, even if you can’t lead the session? Stay tuned for more details on proposing session ideas.
The event will precede a hackathon for current and new OpenMRS contributors, which will take place over two days immediately after the event – Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 September. The hackathon is free for developers to attend, but separate registration is required because space is limited. More information about the hackathon will be posted soon.
Uganda has a long history of OpenMRS implementations, and we are proud to show off our work to attendees. Site visits are currently under planning, and will be announced soon!
Specific schedule details and session titles will not be confirmed until the conference begins. However, check back on this site for information about the event schedule.
“Early Bird” registration through 31 July 2016: USD $400
Regular registration (1 August – 31 August): USD $450
Late registration (1 September – 5 September): USD $495
Accommodations & travel assistance:
Accommodation is not included in conference registration fees. Recommended by hosts Uganda is Speke Resort Munyonyo and this will include transportation to and from the airport at an additional cost of $53, and it offers discounted rooms (Bed and breakfast) for conference participants at a rate of $95/night/person. When making bookings quote the code UGAOMRS16.
Contact 1: Sheila Kyomugasho
Contact 2: Sarah Nakendo
Cell phone 1: (+256) 782135428
Cell phone 2: (+256) 776091941
Email 1: skyomugasho[at]musph.ac.ug
Email 2: sarah.nakend[at]gmail.com
Visas and Invitation Letters:
If you require an invitation letter please contact the secretariat at ugaomrssecretariat[at]gmail.com as soon as possible. Visas will be available at the airport at a cost of $100 (For US bills, ensure they are un-damaged and year 2003 or newer, otherwise they are USELESS in Uganda as nobody accepts them) and this is a cash transaction. Yellow fever vaccination cards are a prerequisite for your travel to Uganda.
OpenMRS has a limited budget for sponsorship for attendees. See https://goo.gl/QwbN6b for details and to apply. The deadline for applications is 1 August 2016 at 00:00 EAT