OpenMRS Intro workshop at Johns Hopkins - Welcome workshop participants

Hi everyone, my name is Htet. I am a DrPH student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My focus is on health systems. I am a medical doctor from Myanmar and there are health sector reform processes currently going on in my country. One area of reform is switching to EHRs. This course will help me gain deeper insight into OpenMRS and better understanding of EHR, which is a 21st century necessity of HMIS.

Hi, I am Jiajia Zhang. I am a radiation oncologist from China and I am doing my MPH at JHSPH. My interest is outcome research in cancer care. Hope to learn from everyone!

Welcome Chris, Htet and Jiajia!

If you’re having any difficulty following the OpenMRS installation instructions please feel free to ping me here or directly on my email - !

Neha: Thanks for organizing this. And thanks to Emily as well.

Everyone: Hello. This is Ed Bunker. I’m the Health Informatics Advisor at Jhpiego and an Instructor at JHU. I am really excited that we may be ushering in a new era of OpenMRS enthusiasm at JHU.

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My name is Zubin Khan I am from India and new student of JHUSOM pursing my Masters in Health Informatics. Before joining JHU I worked for 2 years at National Institute of Virology(NIV, India) as an IT Technician. EHR is new field for me and I am really excited to understand and gain hands on knowledge on OpenMRS.

What an awesome idea! Welcome, everyone! Interested to see how this goes!

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Hello, everyone! I’m James, Director of ICT & Innovation @ the Center for Communication Programs (aka CCP). I’ve been doing digital health work in lower & middle-income countries for the last decade or so. Before CCP I was @ Jhpiego… where I worked w/Ed :slight_smile: I’ve also been involved w/the Intelehealth team over the last year. And I’m looking forward to “getting my hands dirty” w/OpenMRS…

Hello Everyone! I am Maitri Tanna, pursuing MS in Health Informatics at JHU. Open MRS is one of the best free platforms that can be used for developing EHRs for LMIC and developing countries. I am curious to know more about the possibilities we can have using this tool. See you all soon in a while:)

Hi, I’m Adler. I’m enrolled in the online MS in Health Sciences Informatics and excited to learn more about OpenMRS.

Welcome everyone - we’re excited to have you as part of the community! I’m really interested to see what questions you’ll have. I think it will be a great experience for us too!

Hi everyone, I’m Cassie Mickish Gross. I am a Program Officer II at the Center for Communication Programs. I’m currently working on a project to integrate digital health into prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs in South Africa and Uganda. OpenMRS is increasingly used in Uganda, and I’m looking forward to building my skills to use it.

Welcome everyone!

For those who might not be able to attend in person, you can join in and follow along on this Adobe Connect meeting:

We won’t be able to provide any individual hands-on support but you should be able to follow along by yourself.

Meeting Name: OpenMRS hands-on workshop Invited By: Neha Goel ( When: 10/20/2016 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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@burke, @r0bby, @surangak, @terry, @darius, @cpower, @ssmusoke, @jmpango, @raff, @janflowers… Since you asked to be updated about this session, I’m tagging you in this Talk post.

I’d highly appreciate it if you could help @eeggert1 and me to answer any questions from the participants that we are not able to!

@ssmusoke …I’ll definitely share the materials from the workshop! I’ve just used the materials that were used at the OpenMRS summit last year for presentation with some edits.

@terry, @paul - we spoke about some kind of collaboration with JHU students working on aspects of OpenMRS - whether its M&E, community evaluation, writing code, implementation research, etc. This would be a great forum to propose some projects/collaboration/volunteer opportunities that the workshop participants might be interested in!

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@ngoel2, thanks so much for organizing this. I will be a little late to the call but hope to join at least 1/2 way through. I can talk about opportunities for collaboration with OpenMRS though we would love to hear from people what they may want do do also. One way to encourage that dialogue is for people to join the community and introduce themselves

. Looking forward to ongoing collaboration and community!

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Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who joined in! Below are links to more resources people were asking about.

For more information about OpenMRS concepts please take a look at these wiki’s:

Here are instructions on how to get the most up-to-date CIEL concept dictionary and how to install it (you will need to know basic SQL):

If you don’t know SQL, there are existing modules that you can use to upload new concepts en masse. We will cover adding modules to OpenMRS at the next workshop, so please tune in!

Here is the wiki to the HTML form entry module:;jsessionid=DB3F712A214C0479DADD61729AB40898

It goes into more detail about what types of forms and UI’s can be created using the HTML form entry module and gives some sample code.

Lastly (for those asking about it), here is the wiki to the Xforms module, which provides an alternate way to easily create forms.

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For those of you who missed the last part of the session where we created a form using the HTML Form entry module today (I’m sorry we went over time), the recording is here:

If its any good or useful for the larger OpenMRS community as an intro workshop, I’d be happy to edit it properly.

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Do it yourself: So now that we’re all experts at creating forms in OpenMRS using the HTML form entry module, spend some time in creating a form. You can follow along with the example given in the online guide:

The online guide is also a great way to reinforce some of the “concepts” (pun intended) we learnt today. The guide is a little out of date with the release of the OpenMRS 2.x RefApp so some of the UI screenshots, like the login screen or the patient dashboard, will look different from what you have seen so far.

And if you wanted to get some practice with some of the things we did today, here’s a recap of what we covered. We covered how to,

  1. Install the OpenMRS standalone instance
  2. Login
  3. Go through some standard workflows in the OpenMRS Ref App like registering a patient, capturing vitals
  4. Create a new Role
  5. Add Privileges to that Role
  6. Create new Users for these Roles and given them logins
  7. Look up a concept in the in built concept library that came with the standalone
  8. Create a new concept
  9. Create an HTML form

We also learnt about what a concept is and why they are important. We talked about the OpenMRS architecture and the information model (all this in 2.5 hours, man, you guys are GOOD!).

In the next session we’ll cover,

  1. What is a module
  2. How we can extend OpenMRS’s core functionality by using modules other people have created or by creating our own
  3. To create our own module
  4. OpenMRS’s community resources and how you can contribute to OpenMRS

We’ll also go into a bit more detail about OpenMRS’s data model and how the data is stored in it.

_Do make sure to come with the OpenMRS SDK already installed. Follow the instructions on this wiki post to install the SDK: _



Hello. It’s been quite a while since I last saw you in Florida at one of the AMIA meetings.

Hopefully brief question about the Concept Dictionary, which as I understand it you work to curate, maintain, etc.

Question: I would assume that as OpenMRS has evolved that there have been concepts which very much need to be retired, but there have also been implementers who nonetheless have these “should-be retired” concepts in their implementations and refer to them within their forms. Are these concepts flagged somehow, but still available within the Concept Dictionary? Or do you require these implementers (who uses these “should-be retired” concepts) to add them to their own local (forked) Concept Dictionaries? I’m sort of guessing it is a delicate balancing act of keeping the Concept Dictionary “clean” and up-to-date while at the same time making it so that you aren’t removing concepts that certain implementers might still depend on.


– Ed

Hi, Ed. We don’t do this as well as we should. In general, we provide a “what’s changed” document with each release, but we don’t highlight the retired concepts as clearly as we should. This is an area where CIEL and OCL (@paynejd, @darius ) probably need to strategize a little. Typically, the changes in the dictionary would not push out unless there was a change (so after the first retirement, if the subscribing implementation un-retired the concept, it should stay unretired until there is another change to the exact same concept in CIEL). Best practice would be to remap the retired concept to the new one. We try not to retired concepts that have been out there if there are dupes. If the concept is bad, then we do have to get rid of it which might force an implementation to either rework the form or unretire the concept from CIEL.

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Hi everyone!

I hope everyone was able to get the SDK set up! If not, @eeggert1 and I will take questions on this Talk channel tomorrow.

Here is the Adobe Connect meeting info for Session 2

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Meeting Name: OpenMRS hands-on workshop: Session 2 Summary: Invited By: Neha Goel ( When: 10/27/2016 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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