Implementing medical information systems in developing countries, what works and what doesn't

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:232-6.


Global Health Informatics is an emerging field, as demonstrated by several substantial and widely used electronic medical record (EMR) systems along with the emergence of mobile based or"mhealth" systems. We describe here many of the practical lessons we have learned from implementing systems in a wide range of challenging environments over the last decade. Some requirements, like data backups, skilled staff and local leadership are universally important. Others, such as limited power, poor network access and distributed populations, require different designs and strategies in resource poor environments.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Telemedicine