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What is OpenMRS Inc?

OpenMRS Inc. (from now on "the Inc.") is a United States-based, Indiana non-profit corporation that represents the OpenMRS project in legal and financial matters.

The organization's purpose is to support the OpenMRS community in its mission to improve health care delivery in resource-constrained environments, including developing countries; and working with and coordinating a global community to create and support software to manage medical records and other health care systems in developing countries and to resource-constrained environments.

The Inc. aids in creating and distributing OpenMRS by securing cash, hardware, and other donations, then using donations to aid OpenMRS development and promotion.

The organization was originally founded as OpenMRS, LLC, to create a legal entity capable of representing the OpenMRS project. The growing popularity of OpenMRS also made it necessary to establish a thin organizational layer that is capable of handling all legal and financial interests of the OpenMRS community process.

In 2012 OpenMRS Inc. was registered as non-profit corporation under Indiana law. It formally received it's federal designation on March 7th, 2014.

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titleWhat is the relationship between OpenMRS Inc. and OpenMRS LLC?

OpenMRS Inc. is the legal name for the non-profit entity chartered to support the OpenMRS community. OpenMRS LLC was the owner of the OpenMRS registered trademark and the project's copyrighted material, as well as the maintainer of the OpenMRS Public License. Once OpenMRS Inc. received its tax-exempt designation from the US Internal Revenue Service, OpenMRS LLC management was transferred OpenMRS Inc. OpenMRS LLC was administratively dissolved and OpenMRS Inc. now retains these assets.

 

What we do

OpenMRS Inc's primary purpose is to support OpenMRS. OpenMRS is a community of developers, translators, writers and users. The Inc. supports the community through the following long-term activities:

  • The Inc. holds property for the good of the entire community. This property includes the OpenMRS trademarks, hardware and networking equipment and cash money.
  • Makes the property available to individual contributors as needed in order to support OpenMRS. This includes subsidizing events, purchasing individual hardware/infrastructure and offsetting other costs.
  • Organizes events including code sprints, hackathons, developer meetings and the yearly OpenMRS Implementers Meeting.
  • Approaches sponsors and supporting members for resources in order to carry out these activities.

How we do it

OpenMRS Inc. is a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Indiana. We are currently awaiting determination from the United States Internal Revenue Service regarding our application for US federal non-profit status. We are organized for compliance with section 509(a)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code as a supporting organization, which means OpenMRS Inc. serves the interest of named non-profit organizations. Those organizations are currently named in our bylaws as Indiana University and Partners In Health. These supported organizations are allowed to appoint a member to the Board of Directors.

Our board of directors is elected by the Supported Organizations, as well as the OpenMRS community. Board members are selected to ensure the Inc. meets its goals. The Inc. has a full-time Executive Director responsible for day-to-day operations, resource acquisition, and other tasks. The activities of the members of the OpenMRS community are the backbone of actually supporting OpenMRS development. This includes promotional activity, writing articles and organizing events.

Board of directors

At the 2010 Implementers Meeting in Cape Town, Paul Biondich announced the transition of OpenMRS, LLC into a non-profit organization. A vital element to establish the organization is to form the Board of Directors. The Board will provide guidance for the organization and ensure that we adhere to the mission, vision, and values of OpenMRS. One seat on the Board will always be filled by an elected individual from the OpenMRS implementer community. OpenMRS implementers are characterized by their involvement in the implementer community such as active participation in the mailing lists, meeting attendance, and direct implementation experience on the ground in health care settings. The elected individual will represent the community’s voice on the Board and in the future of the organization.

Current board members

Appointed Directors

Term to Expire

Chris Bailey

December 31, 2017

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December 31, 2017

Bill Tierney

December 31, 2017

At-Large Directors

Term to Expire

Mitchell Baker

December 31, 2018

Jan Flowers 

December 31, 2018

Responsibilities of the OpenMRS Board of Directors

  • Assure OpenMRS adheres to its mission, vision, and values
  • Determine and monitor the organization’s programs, services, and effectiveness
  • Hold the organization accountable to make its plans in advance
  • Ensure the organization creates a financial sustainability plan
  • Review and approve annual budgets
  • Support and review the performance of the executive director
  • Represent OpenMRS to the public for both collaborative opportunities and financial support

Additional responsibilities of the community board member

  • Represent the OpenMRS Implementer Community's perspective to the Board of Directors
  • Provide real-world experience of using OpenMRS in a production environment
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Much of the above text was adapted from the KDE e.V. web site.

Organizational documents

State of Indiana

OpenMRS Inc. is a United States-based, Indiana non-profit corporation that represents the OpenMRS project in legal and financial matters.

United States (Internal Revenue Service)

Additional Info

 

 

 

OpenMRS Board of Directors – Guide to Strategic Discussions at Meetings

Key responsibilities of the board

  1.  Assure OpenMRS adheres to its mission, vision, and values
  2.  Determine and monitor the organization’s programs, services, and effectiveness
  3.  Hold the organization accountable to make its plans in advance
  4.  Ensure the organization creates a financial sustainability plan
  5.  Review and approve annual budgets
  6.  Support and review the performance of the executive director
  7.  Represent OpenMRS to the public for both collaborative opportunities and financial support

Guiding questions to keep board discussions at the strategic level

  1. Is it significant and /or important to OpenMRS Inc or the OpenMRS community?
  2. Is it about the future?
  3. Is it core to the OpenMRS mission?
  4. Is it a high-level policy decision needed to resolve a situation?
  5. Does the Executive Director or the OpenMRS community want and need the board’s input and/or support? 

Questions to answer when establishing new programs or services

  1. How does this align with the OpenMRS mission/vision or strategic/operational plan?
  2. What do we need to give up in order to do this or what new resources do we need to allocate to ensure success
  3. What are the financial risk implications?
  4. What are the philosophical or operational risk implications?
  5. What could happen if we don’t do this?
  6. Aim for consensus but don’t fall back on non-action

Questions to answer when eliminating a program or service

  1. What members are going to be upset?
  2. What resources will be freed-up and what will happen to those resources? 
  3. Aim for consensus but don’t fall back on non-action