Cooking up an open source EMR for developing countries: OpenMRS - a recipe for successful collaboration

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006:2006:529-33.


Millions of people are continue to die each year from HIV/AIDS. The majority of infected persons (>95%) live in the developing world. A worthy response to this pandemic will require coordinated, scalable, and flexible information systems. We describe the OpenMRS system, an open source, collaborative effort that can serve as a foundation for EMR development in developing countries. We report our progress to date, lessons learned, and future directions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Developing Countries*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / therapy
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Software*