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ABOUT: Michael Bontyes & Grace Potma are collaborating here to assemble the ideal How-To outline, so we can improve / evolve what is currently at om.rs/o3setup. 


Decision MakingReview O3Install O3Configure O3Integrate O3 w/ other systemsCustomizing & Developing on O3Maintaining O3















Others: 

  • Finding Providers 
  • National Implementations 


Implementation Team, trying to decide: 

  • Should we use the OpenMRS EMR? 
  • What are the advantages?
  • How mature is the solution? Where is it currently used? Success stories? 
  • What features does it offer?
  • What steps can we expect in the transition?


 ICT members of the team. They have additional questions like: 

  • Is there a comparison of what we have now vs what comes w/ O3?
  • What is already done in O3?
  • How can we try this out quickly, ourselves? How do we:
    • Set it up? 
    • Make it look more familiar to the users - eg colors, logos? UI? Content?
    • Set up the sections and forms our users, our departments need?
  • What if we want to build our own features? 
  • Who can we turn to for help?
  • What do we do if we see gaps?


Configuration and deployment questions 

  • Run O3 on Docker (as the web server approach is suggested rather than OpenMRS SDK)
    • Use the Demo version - ok
    • Use a fresh installation without demo data - how to?
    • How to specify the O3 version and where to find the WAR file - how to?
    • How to fork O3 and build your custom Docker images (recommended approach by Ian and Raff, rather than using host volumes)
      • Fork O3
      • Modify Dockerfiles
      • CD/CI pipelines 
      • Commit images
      • Update docker-compose.yml
  • Configure the backend modules
  • Configure the frontend modules
  • Configure the frontend UI 
    • Modify the UI (navigation, slots, widgets) using a custom-config.json - ok
    • Modify the style of the UI using a custom-style.css - how to?
    • Modify the logo and images of the UI - how to?
  • Configure the content 
    • How to manage metadata? 
    • Where to define the content of the modules - in progress
    • How to manage forms + validation + calculated field - how to in O3 UI or Ampath? Form bank > Form Bank
    • How to use field validation (for email and phone number for example) - how to?
    • How to use Initializer configuration files - ok - how to reload? run startup.sh
    • How to use OpenConceptLab for concept management - bugs/errors to investigate
      • How to populate a source
      • How to create collections
      • How to reuse existing concepts from other sources
      • How to map concepts to standardized concepts (CIEL, ICD, SNOMED)
      • How to sync concepts in OpenMRS 3
        • Using the Initializer module
        • Using the sync module 
    • How to use Liquibase - how to? Using a module or iniz extend?
  • Configure the language
    • Administration language - how to?
    • UI language - how to?
    • Form language - how to?
  • Manage O3 and patient data
    • How to manage backups - how to?
    • How to sync data across environments - how to?
    • How to anonymize data - how to?
    • How to print a patient file for handover purposes or data regulation compliance?  - how to?
  • Integrate O3 with DHIS2
  • Integrate O3 with Superset dashboard


  • What is the recommended practice to modify and reload configuration files within Docker infra (initiated with the 3.x docker-compose) for:

    ConfigScopePathExisting documentationFile example
    OpenMRS WAR filesOpenMRS Core/openmrs/distribution/openmrs_core
    path for war file? needed for distro
    Initializer filesLocations, Programs, Concepts, etc./openmrs/distribution/openmrs_config
    configuration
    reload without restart O3?
    Modules + OMOD files

    ID Gen, Appointments, Cohort, OCL, etc.

    Data filter?

    /openmrs/distribution/openmrs_modules
    distro.properties
    Repos for OMODs? Or OMOD generation best practice?
    OWAs files
    /openmrs/distribution/openmrs_owas

    SPA modulesesm-patient-chart-app
    form builder
    spa-build-config.json?

    import-map.json
    /usr/share/nginx/html/importmap.json ? > web app config modules

    modules minified? 

    /etc/nginx/nginx.conf > server config

    SPA UI configPatient chart order JSONpath? to overwrite default config or customize one?
    https://spa-modules.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/@openmrs/config/config.json
    in /usr/share/nginx/html/config.json
    Localization files for OpenMRSAdmin translations/openmrs/l18n ?
    locale_en.json
    Localization files for O3 UI Transifex?path?
    ?
    Liquibase filesCreate users?path?
    ?
    Runtime properties
    path?

    openmrs-distro.properties



    Theming files like logos and iconsopenmrs_logo_white.gifpath?

    startup.shOMRS home, config folder, modules, database config, catalina options, server startup

    /usr/local/tomcat/startup.sh
    in backend container



    Image layers?
    path? config?

  • VIM in container? > -u root
  • OCL org and source creation


  • Options to map custom configuration within vanilla O3 containers to be validated:
    1. Option 1: Docker commits - push : ok
    2. Option 2: Map the backend container in the docker-compose.yml with:

        backend:
          image: openmrs/openmrs-reference-application-3-backend:${TAG:-nightly}
          depends_on:
            - db
          volumes:
            - ./distro:/openmrs/distribution
    3. Option 3: Sync with a GitHub repository within startup.sh?

  • What is the recommended practice to back up or sync O3 data across environments? (also for organization-specific demos for example)

  • How to start with a vanilla O3 setup? (No demo data, no unnecessary modules, etc.)
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