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Primary mentorSuranga Kasthurirathne
Backup mentorVaibhav Agarwal
GSoC studentSashrika Waidyarathna


The purpose of this project is to expand upon the OpenMRS FHIR module so that it can consume a subset of FHIR resources and persist them in the OpenMRS database.

OpenMRS has recently undertaken a commitment to implement FHIR in order to ensure better interoperability between healthcare systems. The OpenMRS FHIR module was developed as part of these efforts. Currently, the FHIR module supports the export of FHIR Patient, practitioner, observation, location and Encounter resources. We are also working on implementing support for AllergyIntolerance and Condition resources. During the summer, the student will work to reverse engineer this work so that external applications can also send FHIR resources to OpenMRS.

This task involves understanding the data representation of the FHIR resource and its relationship with the OpenMRS database based on how we export OpenMRS data, and using this knowlege to persist data sent as FHIR


  • Good Java skills
  • Familiarity with J2EE web programming (e.g., JSPs)
  • Ability to learn and work with FHIR and the HAPI
  • Soft skills to interact with the HAPI and FHIR community in order to gather requirements and technical feedback

Project champions


  • Identify the best approach to create and update OpenMRS objects using the FHIR module.
  • Build support for the FHIR module to accept a subset of FHIR resources sent from third party applications. At minimum, the student should complete support for FHIR patient, practitioner, Observation, location, AllergyIntolerance and encounter resources.
  • Support (a) creation (b) conditional creation (c) update (d) conditional updates of FHIR resources
  • Forward an acknowledgement message to third party applications once the transaction is completed

Extra credit

  • Build an audit mechanism to track transactions and their outcome
  • Identify and implement support for additional FHIR resources
  • Add security features to manage transactions


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  1. Hi Suranga

    I was interested in being a part of this project. I have worked with HAPI and HL7 query modules before. I thought I could work on similar lines and give my best to complete this project. Can you please let me know your email id so that I could further ask you about the project work?



    1. You should probably post on OpenMRS Talk

      You can also find suranga on IRC and definitely review. You should also post to the developers mailing list. This will give you one-up in gettting selected for GSoC. You need to make yourself known! 

  2. Hi Talha, happy to hear of your interest (smile)

    Robby is right, feel free to reach out to me on IRC, or maybe start a discussion on Happy to discuss your interests further (smile)

  3. Hi Suranga ,

    I am interested about this project.I am familiar with Java SE and Java web programming.But FHIR framework is completely new for me.Currently i'm going through FHIR standards and implementation aspects to getting familiar with it.I have gone through project objectives and seems i am not getting the whole idea of objective 1.So i would like to discuss with you further.




    1. You should probably post on OpenMRS Talk

      You can also find suranga on IRC and definitely review. You should also post to the developers mailing list. This will give you one-up in gettting selected for GSoC. You need to make yourself known! 

      1. Hi Robby,

        Thanks for the suggestions.I am currently working through them.

        I started a post on OpenMRS Talk.

        Consume FHIR resouces