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titleImplementers' Conference 2016 – #OMRS16



6th - 11th December 2016
Speke Resort Munyonyo
Kampala, Uganda

$350 Early Bird Registration

$400 Regular Registration
From November 1-27

$450 Late Registration
Open until December 6th

*All registration fees between 5pm on November 14th and December 6th will be the Regular Registration rate.


This years event is a blend of traditional OpenMRS implementers' meeting and the newly introduced world summit. Summit and implementer specific events will be co-located, and occur during the unconference sessions.

About the event

The theme of this conference was:  “eHealth for better patient outcomes: Innovating and strengthening systems

  1. eHealth: The cost effective and secure use of ICT in support of health and health related fields, including health care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research.
  2. Patient Outcomes: The arc of history is increasingly clear: health care is shifting focus from the volume of services delivered to the value created for patients, with “value” defined as the outcomes achieved relative to the costs.
  3. Innovating: Updating and transforming
  4. Strengthening Systems: Interoperability, standards and integration of data through OpenHIE to improve data sharing, reporting and use.


  1. To demonstrate how Uganda is using a multi-partner and multi-funded approach to develop, implement, and support a national implementation of OpenMRS.

  2. To expand the OpenMRS community practices to support quality assurance processes (i.e. release testing, stakeholder acceptance testing, module gardening team, etc.)

  3. To identify the ways to measure a “successful high quality implementation” of OpenMRS and why it is important to go beyond just software development features and bug fixes.

  4. To understand ways in which OpenMRS outputs can be used to positively impact the quality of clinical care and the quality of programs that support care.

Who should attend

  • People new to OpenMRS who want to connect to others using the platform around the world
  • Experienced OpenMRS implementers who want to share their experiences and learn from others
  • OpenMRS platform developers – anyone building systems to integrate with or extend OpenMRS
  • Developers of related health and healthcare application software
  • Health practitioners, researchers and publishers
  • You!

Why you should attend

This event provides an opportunity for developers to collaborate and improve their technical skills in OpenMRS, implementers to share their best practices from implementations, and users to propose and prioritize their top features in future releases of the software. The event will also include visits to OpenMRS implementation sites along with a discussion afterward for participants to share their experience and suggestions

Conference Schedule

The conference will be structured in a semi-unconference format - each conference date will comprise with a number of pre-determined sessions/events, followed by open slots for the audience to propose sessions of their choice. 

Propose session ideas

It’s an unconference, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about ideas today. Do you want to lead a session? Do you have an idea for what you’d like to see, even if you can’t lead the session? Stay tuned to this page in October 2016 for details about proposing session ideas.


The traditional OpenMRS hackathon will be held 2 days after the event -- Saturday 10 December and Sunday 11 December. The hackathon is free for developers to attend, but separate registration is required because space is limited. More information about the hackathon will be posted here soon.

Site visits

We are currently finalizing a list of implementation sites that attendees will be able to visit. More details will be updated shortly.

Accommodations & travel assistance

Room cost is not included in conference registration fees. A single room is $120 per night and a shared room is $80 per night per person. Rooms are provided by Speke Resort Munyonyo. You must pre-pay or guarantee your hotel room, if you are local please contact +256 782 480 830 or +256 414 227 111 and reference code OpenMRS2016. If you are traveling in, please arrange your preferred hotel room and email the hotel reservation at reservations@spekeresort.com and CC our main contact Willy Kisembo at willkisembo@yahoo.com and reference the OpenMRS2016 event. If you have any questions or require further assistance, email omrs16@openmrs.org.

Visas and invitation letters

If you require an invitation letter please contact the secretariat at omrs16@openmrs.org as soon as possible. Kindly visit this Link to secure a Ugandan Visa. However if you are paying your Visa on arrival (an option that is available), It is CRUCIAL that your USD are unblemished and 2009 or newer, otherwise they aren't accepted in Uganda. Yellow fever vaccination cards are a pre-requisite for your travel to Uganda. 

Uganda Contact Person:      Dr. Eddie Mukooyo
                                                  Assistant Commissioner of Health Services
                                                  Division of Health Information, Ministry of Health
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The OpenMRS community has been lucky enough to be able to offer scholarships to people for our annual Implementer Conference. Scholarships can vary from covering the cost of the meeting or even covering travel.  The availability of scholarships varies from year to year, based on resources available.  This page outlines the type of criteria and method used to consider potential scholarship awardees. Scholarship application deadline is NOVEMBER 1, so fill out your application before then! Check out the Implementers' Conference Scholarships page to learn more!

Available Sponsorships

Sponsorship packages begin at $1,000 and $2,500 USD can be customized based on the goals and available budget of the sponsoring organization. 

Sponsorship packages can include the following:

  • Complimentary conference registrations 

  • Sponsor ribbon 

  • Prominent sign recognition in conference registration area 

  • Name or logo on screen before plenary sessions

  • Named sponsor for lightning talk or cultural entertainment event 

  • Named sponsor for coffee and tea breaks

  • Recognition during keynote talks

  • Organization listed on "conference sponsor" section on website including logo and 

  • website link 

  • Logo on conference t-shirt or lanyard

We have tiered sponsorship packages that can be seen here.

Please contact omrs16@openmrs.org for more information.

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