Digital health has been identified as a tool to promote health, serve the vulnerable and achieve universal health coverage. The importance of digital health interventions such as telehealthcare and contact tracing via mobile technologies was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health records maintained in the electronic medical record (EMR) systems were instrumental in delivering quality telehealthcare as well as dispatching medication and other services while reducing physical contact and thus the COVID transmission.
Open-source health software has the potential to reduce the barriers to adopting digital health technologies in low- and middle-income countries.
This survey aims to compile a comprehensive dataset of features and implementation aspects of open-source electronic medical records currently in use. It is expected this information would be useful for potential implementors and users to identify the best solution for their settings and expand the communities of practice around the solutions. In addition, the developers could also benefit from the increased visibility and userbase, leading to funding opportunities to sustain the projects.
Thus, we would like to invite you to take part in this 20–25 minute survey on open-source EMRs.
We welcome you to share this survey with your colleagues, friends, and digital health communities.
Commonwealth Centre for Digital health - Southampton Hub Clinical Informatics Research Unit, University of Southampton