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  • Leverage work that has already been done to address workflows (Hospital Management, etc), regional needs (Kenya, Mozambique, etc), and specialty service areas (TB, etc)
  • Collaboration opportunities with other developers and implementers working on similar use cases
  • A broader user base of the same distribution can lead to improved code quality, additional features, and shared QA work

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Types of Distributions

1. General Purpose Distributions

An OpenMRS distribution that intends to serve the worldwide audience of clinics, hospitals, governments, NGOs, etc, who want a patient medical record for purposes of clinical care.

2. Targeted Distributions

An OpenMRS distribution that is intended for a specific clinical or geographical use case, or a non-patient-care use case.  For example, a standardized country specific distribution or one targeted at a specific disease epidemic.

3. Implementation Specific Distributions

A configuration of OpenMRS that is technically built like a Distribution, but is only intended for use by one specific consumer.  If you are not the specific target of this distribution, you wouldn't probably use it directly, but as a developer or implementer you may learn a lot from studying or forking it.  However, there may be opportunities to collaborate with the teams working on these distributions if you wanted to create a replica of their clinical and technical environments.

OpenMRS Reference Application

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