Connect for Life OpenMRS distribution

Hello everyone

We’re happy to let everyone know that we are wrapping up the development of our OpenMRS Distribution - Connect for Life.

We’ve had some related discussions previously in this topic: Request new repositories for OpenMRS modules

The distribution builds on OpenMRS and enhances it primarily with modules and functionalities related to mHealth/telemedicine, such as:

  • Ability to message patients or their caretakers by enrolling them in messaging schedules - messaging can be done through automated voice call, SMS, or WhatsApp
  • SMS/WhatsApp integration.
  • Integration with IVR systems for executing voice calls to patients/caretakers, with the ability to get feedback from the call recipient.
  • Real-time feedback on patients and their adherence.
  • Reminders for visits or adherence.

More information can be found here: Note that the OpenMRS distribution we created is the next version of a system previously developed on the MOTECH Platform. Transitioning to OpenMRS has allowed to us target implementer needs that would go beyond just the mHealth functionality.

One thing that was discussed previously was organizing a showcase/demo of the distribution for the Community. We would be glad to organize such a demo and talk about Connect for Life. Can you help me with finding the best way to move forward with this? (is there a call we can join? or should we host it?)



CC @kmadej @pwargulak


cc @jennifer @grace

Thanks for bringing this back up, @pgesek! There are a few options in the next few months. Which one you want to go with will depend on what you want to achieve with a showcase.

Here are some ideas:

Want to reach a large number (100+) of OpenMRS developers and implementers? There are at least three types of sessions you could do at OMRS21: a 5 minute Lightning Talk or a 10 minute Showcase/demo presentation. OMRS21 will be November 29-December 2.

Want to reach those OpenMRS developers and implementers who are active in our community? If you want a longer session where you can showcase and engage with other OpenMRS developers & implementers, consider proposing this as a 45 minute unconferencing session at OMRS21 or as a special, independent showcase session outside of our planned, virtual events. If you choose to go with the latter, we can talk more about how we’d make this happen together.

A third option is to reach out to our Technical Action Committee to see about putting a showcase on the agenda for one of their weekly meetings.

Let us know if any of these are of interest and we can get the ball rolling!

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Wow, this looks really impressive (having been one of the instigators of the MoTeCH-OpenMRS links with MVP)! I didn’t see OpenMRS mentioned anywhere, though…

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I’m very interested in this given that I’m implementing call centers (asterisk PBX with IVR and hoping to add SMS and USSD) and have been looking for how to integrate into an EMR. Please invite me into the call.

@mozzy @mjafari let’s build on this and push out call center work ahead


Hello @jennifer

Thanks for sharing the options.

We would be happy to do both the TAC call as well as a presentation on OMRS 21. I will let you know once we figure out which format for OMRS21 and which TAC slot work best for us.

@johnblack Thanks for the interest - will definitely keep you in the loop when it comes to the showcase.

Regards, Paweł

Hello @jennifer

Can you share more details on OMRS21 with me?

I assume it’s a virtual event, but are there any materials I can refer to when it comes to what the event will look like, what is the plan, etc.?

Thanks, Paweł