Software engineer for Millennium Villages Project in Ghana

Terms of Reference: The Ghana Telemedicine Project OpenMRS Programmer/Implementer (OpenMRS programmer)

The Ghana Telemedicine Project is providing quality, affordable and sustainable primary health services through the adaptation of mobile and other information technologies to facilitate field consultations between patients in remote/hard-to-reach communities and physicians at the district hospital, preventing unnecessary referrals and more efficiently using valuable resources.

The Project has the objectives of • Reducing unnecessary referrals to district hospital • Strengthening continuum of care in rural setting • Saving cost of transporting patients, minimizing transportation risk and closing referral loops.

With funding from the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development (NFSD), the telemedicine pilot project started in 2009 in the Bonsaaso Millennium Villages Project site in the Ashanti Region. A pilot was launched in the Amansie West District after consultations with various stakeholders. The current phase of the project is a district-wide scale-up.

The OpenMRS programmer will report to the eHealth Specialist in the Bonsaaso MVP site. The work will be included in the Telemedicine Project and so will also involve overall supervision by the Telemedicine Principle Investigator, Joseph Mensah-Homiah and the Telemedicine Project Manager, Joseph Adomako.

The OpenMRS programmer may be based in Accra, Ghana or other nearby location and may be required to travel to project site in Amansie West District, as required. He/She will be responsible for

• Clarifying and documenting software requirements for: o OpenMRS data collection forms to support Telemedicine documentation o Bridge between OpenMRS and DHIS2/DHIMS2 for GHS (electronic) o Bridge between OpenMRS and GHIS/National Insurance program (report or electronic) • Developing/enhancing an existing module to bridge OpenMRS and DHIS2 • Developing a report or electronic exchange of data for reimbursement to GHIS. • Make changes to forms (xforms or HTML forms) for use by OpenMRS for the Telemedicine project as required.

The person should have the following; • Strong experience with OpenMRS programming and implementation (including JAVA, MySQL, reporting and module development). • Good experience with DHIS2 and DHIMS2 in particular • Strong communication skills • Ability to manage a task list, milestones and deliverable timeline.



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