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At the heart of every OpenMRS implementation is a concept dictionary that defines the medical concepts (questions and answers) used as the building blocks for forms, orders, clinical summaries, reports and almost every aspect of the data. Most OpenMRS implementations have an open concept dictionary - one that is considered incomplete and evolves over time. Therefore, as clinicians document conditions, the OpenMRS concept dictionary must be expandable to accommodate meaningful clinical data. To get to the OpenMRS concept dictionary, navigate to the Configure Metadata block and click Manage Concept Dictionary.
What follows is an introduction to the Concept Dictionary, OpenMRS's unique foundation, and how it provides flexibility for the implementation.