It would be great to reference the country-level priorities and how this work fits in with our product direction. These can be found on from OMRS20 virtual plenary sessions, our Collaboration Opportunities Wiki page and the Product Dashboard.
From the Q1 Quarterly Report:
Please share at least 1 user story (with a quote, if available) that showcases the impact your global good is having.
At the OpenMRS Virtual Implementer’s Meeting in December 2020, country representatives shared several of their challenges and priorities. We heard about health care workers who are striving to provide quality care to their patients in settings where many are using a mix of paper tools and multiple information systems. This leads to a situation where duplicate information exists alongside gaps in information and exchanges, making it difficult for clinicians to provide quality, continuous care for patients within and across sites. Countries are seeking digital solutions that will address these challenges and improve health outcomes.
Meanwhile, several OpenMRS community groups or “squads” are working together on OpenMRS solutions that provide easy, consistent, simplified data sharing with other systems. With this investment from Digital Square, one group has been working on a proof of concept that focuses specifically on getting longitudinal patient data out of OpenMRS and sending it to a HAPI FHIR server where it can be used to calculate a key indicator used to monitor viral load suppression, providing insight into a country’s progress towards controlling the HIV epidemic. In the coming months, the group plans to reach out to implementers for feedback on this proof of concept.
This group designed their standards-based proof of concept to provide patient-level data from OpenMRS for upstream indicator calculation and reporting. As an integral part of a country’s health information exchange framework, this proof of concept has the potential to support countries in their efforts to improve patient care by reducing the use of multiple, bespoke systems and allowing data exchange across sites and borders.