Many of us have been following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially now that it’s reached pandemic status - and find ourselves wanting to take more concrete action. This isn’t surprising: our mission is based on valuing patient care and we’ve come together as a community because we believe in this mission.
When it comes to COVID-19, acting in a way that reflects our values means assuring that we provide scientific-based guidance and tooling that will help slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 and treatment for those who have contracted the virus. With OpenMRS housing over 12.5 million patient records in almost 5,500 sites, we are already well positioned to help countries expand their capacity to respond. If you haven’t already seen it, I encourage you to read more about our response on the OpenMRS blog - and continue reading here to learn about new developments and ways to contribute below.
Talk and our this week’s OpenMRS Office Hours are two of the places where people have already been sharing information and updates to date.
As a result, we’re narrowing down what we can do that complements other digital solutions emerging in the ecosystem. One possibility under discussion is building a form based on the CDC PUI and WHO case reporting guidance. This will entail:
- Curating and determining appropriate form content through a proposal/review process
- Making sure the dictionary concepts are appropriate
- Gaining consensus on form structure
- Building the form
Here’s what’s happening now:
- A small group is coming together to rapidly design and build the form.
- A #covid-19 Slack channel has been set up for this work
- Meet early next week - look out for a Doodle Poll
Anyone in the community who is interested in joining this effort is welcome. Please be sure to join the Slack channel, call into any meetings, and follow the conversation on Talk!