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About

This Product Dashboard is a dynamic, changing space that is open to feedback. The intent is a home-base where anyone, especially day-to-day Implementers interested in the OMRS roadmap, can see at a glace some key initiatives going on around the OpenMRS community: what's happening, who's putting resources in, what needs more support, and where there are specific opportunities to contribute support/investment.

Short Link to this page: om.rs/productdashboard

We are working on a clearer process for this. For now: project contributors are encouraged to update this page, though responsibility for ensuring this is a fair, up-to-date reflection of current community work rests with the OMRS Director of Product. Reach out to Grace Potma; we’d love to hear from you and better understand your initiative so we can broadcast your amazing work! We also regularly review this page in the OMRS Technical Action and Strategy & Operations Committees, to help everyone be on a similar page about key work moving our community forward closer to our strategic priorities. 


Our Platform & Product Vision

Great Tooling + Great Documentation to unlock scale

We work together in a global fight to improve health care. Tech is one tool we use to bring better care to patients, the providers who care for them, and the organizations who steward health resources. This means the tech we develop together must do the following: 

  1. For Patients: Ensure patients get the right, timely, and appropriate care
  2. For Health Workers: Provide health workers with timely, accurate, and complete information
  3. For Organizations: Give organizations data to improve the efficiency and quality of care delivery


Top 3 Strategic Directions for our Product

To achieve this vision, we need Strategic Directions that will guide us over the next 5 years and set us in the right direction. Our top 3 Strategic Directions are:




Rapid Roadmap

All of these items are:

  • being conducted in a public community process, with involvement & investment from 2+ Organizations
  • being shared with /omrs/5 facilitators, and are receiving dedicated support from OpenMRS Inc
  • likely to provide wide community value (i.e. fit under the definition of "Shared Assets" for community)  

(tick) Done

Recent Work Completed

(plus) Now

What We're Working on Today (Active Design or Development)

(lightbulb) Next

Next Priorities*

CARE:
Pt Care & User Experience
(via the 3.x Frontend re-do)

Field Discovery: UX and Product field research

In-person shadowing and interviewing end-users at large to small sites, including ecosystem of lab/pharm/billing where relevant

Point of Care: AMPATH (6 sites)

Retrospective Data Entry: PALLADIUM (2 sites)

Basic HTML Form Entry (HFE) Form Support in 3.x

Workflow to allow users to open HFE forms within a 3.x workflow. 

MEKOM ICRC (+ input from PIH)

 LIVE! PILOT

Ampath 3.x Pilot (Kenya): 3.0 Go-Live with Clinician Workflows at large HIV Outpatient Clinic (Started Feb 2022)

AMPATH

Theming 3.x!

PIH AMPATH

(Some input from UCSF)

Status: DONE 

PILOT

Ampath 3.x Live Test (Kenya): End to End Testing with Outpatient HIV Clinicians AMPATH(Q 4)

Status: DONE 

Generic Encounter Widget 

Reuseable version of a common widget, powered by config that's easily editable (e.g. if you want to change columns & data shown in a table)

PIH OHRI/UCSF 

Status: DONE

(star) 3.0.0 Demo Launch (star)

Q3 Goal = end to end outpatient workflow launched online for public use & experimentation. Includes:

  • Offline Mode for Mobile/Community Health Workers: view patient charts offline
  • Lab Results with charts & interactive viewing
  • Drug Ordering
  • Patient Lists (create lists and add patients to lists)
  • Full featured outpatient chart (e.g. Medication History, Immunizations, past Visit Notes view, and more)

AMPATH MEKOM PIH BROWN

Status: DONE 

Adopted Carbon Design

Updated 3.x Frontend to use 3rd party design system. Result: Faster design & development outputs. 

AMPATH MEKOM

Share Frontend Widgets with Plug-and-Play Architecture 

Microfrontend framework completed; enables implementers to re-use others' frontend features. 

AMPATH MEKOM

3.x Guide for Developers

Step by step guide to the new Design System & Microfrontend architecture. Will help Devs implement 3.x for their org, or contribute to Squad.

PIH 

3.x Address Hierarchy Component

Status: IN DEV 

  ICAP-ETHIOPIA OHRI/UCSF

i18n Date Picker: Ethiopian Calendar + more

Status: IN DEV 

  ICAP-ETHIOPIA OHRI/UCSF

3.x Appointments

Investigate and bring over bahmni appointments into 3.x esm; remove atomfeed dependencies. Incorporate w existing Appointments module in 3.x. 

For Facilities: Configure what appointments are provided, and how they can schedule pts. stats, lists. Workflow review. 

For Providers: Handling Mother-Child appointments smoothly (same date). Create, edit, update, scheduling decision support (1 day instead of 3 days in a row), cancel. 

Smaller scope way to intro 3.x. 

PALLADIUM AMPATH UCSF PATH  

Status: IN DEV 

Service Delivery Queues & Clinic Workflow Queue & Clinic Dashboard improvements

A 'snapshot' of active visits and patient priority levels. Goal is to improve clinic workflows / service delivery queues, and team communication, starting with Outpatient clinic workflows. 

AMPATH PALLADIUM BROWN

Status: IN DEV 

Offline Mode for CHWs/Outreach

Registration, Forms ready for field use offline

AMPATH MEKOM ICRC 

Status: IN DEV 

Medication Dispensing

2.x & 3.x UI to enable Pharmacists to mark drugs and fully or partially dispensed. 

Designs: OHRI/UCSF Development: PIH

Status: IN DEV 

Configurable Lab Results table view

Configurable extension to show labs of interest in a table (timeline) view. (e.g. "Just HIV-Related Labs")

AMPATH MEKOM

Status: IN DEV 

Clinical Views

Ability to add specialized program- or condition-specific views. Ideally, able to update config easily to add more - e.g. represent clinical view w/ JSON structure. 

AMPATH PIH UCSF  

Status: DEV-READY 

NCD Use Cases & Design Research

User Research, Designs, & Testing to validate and prepare EMR for NCD care context. E.g. NCD-specific widgets and sections of Patient Chart, NCD Peer Support.

AMPATH  (input from PIH)

Status: IN DESIGN 

Lab Orders

Status: IN DESIGN 

Lead: OHRI/UCSF  OPEN 

Use case & design input from AMPATH  PIH MEKOM

3.x Performance Enhancements

 MEKOM ICRC 

Status: IN DEV 

Referrals

3.x UI to send and receive referrals. (Discussion topic coming for all orgs on Feb 14 3.x design call.)

AMPATH 

Status: IN DESIGN

Edit Existing Forms

 AMPATH  MEKOM

Status: IN DEV 

Group Sessions / Group Visit Management

3.x feature for Group Sessions, starting with Mental Health group sessions. Aka Bulk Data Entry, Line List style, Tabular data entry view. 

MEKOM ICRC

Status: IN DESIGN Target: ~Q3 '22

First Form-Embeddable Widget: Address Hierarchy

Status: IN DESIGN 

OHRI/UCSF  ICAP-ETHIOPIA

 PILOT

ICAP-Ethiopia: OHRI/3.0 Go-Live (~ July 2022)

ICAP-ETHIOPIA

Full Design System Project

Expand the design assets & components currently in our Zeplin Styleguide into a more easily accessible, robust set of guidance that can be directly followed by designers and developers working on 3.x-related features.

 AMPATH

Status: NOT STARTED

Embedding Allergies/Conditions etc in Form Workflows

Status: IN DESIGN 

Lead: OHRI/UCSF  OPEN 

Use case & design input from: TBC (new)

In-form Appointment Date Checker

Endpoint convention in OMRS to connect (e.g. "on this day, how many appointments already booked?")

OPEN

Interactive Forms: Embedding Orders, Conditions...

e.g. Starting an Order within a Form Workflow. Forms/notes become the centring piece for teams - we need to figure out how to represent not just data collection, but also embed widgets into the process (so that user doesn't have to click around the EMR to find the information they need while also trying to do a form). 

AMPATH UCSF 

Interested: Mekom, ICRC (in H2)

NOT STARTED

High Risk Patient Package

Package for collaborative care for higher-risk HIV patients. 

 AMPATH

Status: IDEATION. SEEKING

Patient Lists: Automated (Cohort Builder)

(1) Query for patients who meet a certain criteria, and (2) automated adding/removing of patients from this list (so it's automatically maintained). 

E.g. "show me all Patients who missed med pick up..."

E.g. "show me all Patients who missed their appointment..." 

+ Actions on that list (e.g. change patient status)

 OPEN MEKOM ICRC NOT STARTED

(Interested: Ampath, UCSF)

Use Case Gathering: Offline Mode for Sites

PIH OPEN 

Rules Engine

(e.g. for Workflow State management; Clinical Decision Support)

Interested: Ampath, ICRC, Mekom

OPEN  NOT STARTED 

Print

Ability to print things from the EMR, e.g. HIV Clinical Summary

AMPATH NOT STARTED

Bed Management

MEKOM ICRC NOT STARTED

Team Communication

e.g. Notifications between team members (within UX of System wide / Global notifications; for 1 user but not about 1 patient)

MEKOM ICRC NOT STARTED

Autosave a Form Draft

Interested: _______ NOT STARTED









CONFIGURATION:

Fast Deployment

Iniz support for OCL & Dictionary Manager work

 FELLOWS MEKOM PIH

Copy & Customize a CIEL Concept

Able to re-use a CIEL (or other curated) concept instead of re-creating it manually: copy it and make the non-breaking changes you needed (e.g. change answers, add translations, etc). 

 FELLOWS BROWN

OCL Module: Multi-language support

Updating translations for concept updates or new subscriptions that have many languages.

 FELLOWS BROWN 

Input from: UCSF, MSF

Dictionary Manager webapp (aka OCL for OpenMRS)

MVP live for production use. See: Intro video; and demo video

FELLOWS OCL MSF PIH REGENSTRIEF BROWN

Lighter Deployment

Simpler deployment packaging (3.x RefApp will use a much lighter-weight set of modules)

MEKOM BROWN

OCL Module Improvements

  • Bug fixes related to error messages

INTELLISOFT FELLOWS BROWN

Designs for Implementer Tool: EMR Setup UI for Non-Tech folks

Designs to enable: Non-tech users can set up a 3.x EMR in a friendly, no-code UI, similar to designing a website.

AMPATH PIH

PILOT

Using OCL/Dictionary Manager to manage all PIH concepts

PIH REGENSTRIEF 

Status: FINAL UAT 

musa solomon derrick

PILOT

3.x Form Builder: UgandaEMR pilot

Easier way of generating forms, via UI. Provide label names + connect pre-defined concepts –> generates JSON file. Finding way to deploy JSON file (Hx of using XML).

METS

EMR Packages: Tech Definition & Schema

A way to add content (forms, concepts, custom widgets etc) to easily add new program areas to your EMR (e.g. Maternity Package)

Input from:   REGENSTRIEF MEKOM  PIH BROWN OHRI/UCSF ICRC AMPATH  

Status: IN DESIGN

3.x OpenMRS Forms: Form Management for Non-Tech folks

A new Form Builder & Form Engine for OpenMRS, using open source code used by OpenMRS implementer for 5+ years. Allow non-coders to set up clinical forms. 

MEKOM AMPATH PALLADIUM 

Status: IN DEV 

OCL OpenMRS Import feature

An answer to "How do I get my legacy metadata into OCL?"

REGENSTRIEF FELLOWSPIH (testing) 

Status: IN DEV 

OCL Module: Diff Check workflow

"Here's what will change" UX/UI when subscribing. 

INTELLISOFT FELLOWS  

Status: IN DEV 

OCL Module: Automated tests for different data types

 FELLOWS BROWN IN DEV

Iniz support for Reports

 Interested: PIH OPEN

COMMUNICATION:

Data Exchange

FHIR Gaps Review

Using 3.x RefApp, check for areas where REST API is being used where FHIR either could be used or needs support (Done, Doc Here)

UW ITECH BROWN 

FHIR Module Upgrade 

Added support for Immunizations.
Note: The FHIR Module already enables the export of OpenMRS data into FHIR format, to help integrate with other systems use FHIR. 

BROWN UW ITECH MEKOM ICRC

DHIS2 Connector Module

Posts aggregate data from OpenMRS to DHIS2, and gives implementers a User Interface for an easier-to-set-up OMRS to DHIS2 pipeline, that doesn’t need manual code fixes every time there’s a change to reporting indicators. Fixed so this can work in production systems, added automatic data sending, and added support for custom period types.

GSOC MOSS

PILOT

Scale-ready ETL Pipeline to FHIR-based tools: Ampath pilot of Analytics Engine.

GOOGLE AMPATH

FHIR Requirements analysis for Ethiopia CDR & API improvement work

Status: IN DEV 

  OMRS FELLOWS ICAP-ETHIOPIA

FHIR Implementation Guide (IG) - Supporting OHIE Facility Registry IG

Goal: Finish & genericize the ITECH FHIR IGs built for Labs, Lab Workflows, and Facility Registries

BROWN UW ITECH IN DEV

Identity & Facility Management

Get iSantePlus Client Registry & Facility Registry workflows set up with FHIR in iSantePlus working in OMRS-core (using FHIR-based workflows)

 UW ITECH BROWN IN DEV

Lab Exchange

Get iSantePlus lab exchange module to work in OMRS-core (connects to id & facility mgmt to i.d. right pt and right facility) (using FHIR-based workflows)

 UW ITECH BROWN IN DEV

DB Sync

MEKOM ICRC IN DEV

FHIR API Support for Terminology Services

Currently dependent on REST API for all things concept or terminology related

Needed for 3.x dynamic patient list queries to be entirely FHIR based.

3.x test results depend on hybrid of FHIR & REST due to this.

 OPEN (Interested: Brown, UW ITECH)

Support for OpenMRS Attributes

Support things we don't currently support in OMRS data model - e.g. pt phone numbers (current support is fragile)

 OPEN (Interested: Brown, UW ITECH)

Odoo integration for Physical Rehabilitation

e.g. Creation of prosthesis and financial / patient billing

MEKOM ICRC 

Odoo for Pharmacy

MEKOM 

Odoo integration for Billing

MEKOM ICRC 

Odoo integration for Bed Management

MEKOM ICRC 

Maintenance & Core Support Needed to Unlock the Above (Make it possible for implementers to build their features)

 

API to get obs for Concept Trees

E.g. for Lab Filters/hierarchies. Method to get set of obs based on a concept tree. 

Actively being used in the new Lab Trees feature!

 AMPATH MEKOM BROWN 

3.X NEED

Data Model to support Service Delivery Queues

Support for dynamic vs static lists of patients.

BROWN AMPATH 

3.X NEED

Platform 2.5 Release

  • Support for Tomcat 7-9.
  • Make Orders, Allergies, Diagnoses, and PatientState form recordable and encounter-able. 
  • Administration via REST. 
  • User settings: store larger strings in DB.
  • Groundwork for future ReferralOrders support.

  REGENSTRIEF PALLADIUM VOLUNTEERS 

REST API Test Coverage

UW ITECH FELLOWS VOLUNTEERS

Thorough Test Coverage: Live OpenMRS QA Dashboard

Automated Workflow Tests applied throughout products

UW ITECH FELLOWS VOLUNTEERS

RefApp 2.12 Release

38 of 42 modules updated. Includes the SPA module that unlocks Microfrontend capability.

VOLUNTEERS 


Dockerizing development and deployment of OpenMRS

Best practices for OMRS development and deployment. Key to enabling Packages vision and CI. 

AMPATH IN DEV

3.X NEED

Embracing Greater Modularization of the Platform

Breaking core into modules, & trying to improve upgrade process

 AMPATH REGENSTRIEF BROWN

IN DESIGN 

Support Referral Orders

 REGENSTRIEF  VOLUNTEERS

3.X NEED

Event Bus

Event bus so that when things happen, they trigger a new process(es) to start. (e.g. patient finishes visit, needs to be moved from one Service Delivery Queue to another) - see OHRI example outlined here re Patient State vs Workflow State 

 Interested: Ampath, UCSF?

3.X NEED

Access Control List support

MEKOM REGENSTRIEF  VOLUNTEERS 3.X NEED

Order Templates

E.g. Common Rx's

 REGENSTRIEF 

Interested: Ampath

3.X NEED

Order Sets

Support for Sets of anything that's order-able (e.g. COVID assessment set can contain Meds, Labs, Referrals...)

 REGENSTRIEF AMPATH

3.X NEED

Additional Security Automated Test Coverage

UW ITECH FELLOWS VOLUNTEERSOPEN

Timeline estimates (e.g. Q1/Q2/H1/H2 etc) are subject to dynamically changing resources in our opensource community. They refer to 2021, and the calendar year timeline, with Q1 ending when April begins.




Key Projects

HEALTHY = Good support; progressing well.  |  GAPS = Unmet needs slowing progress.  |   BIG GAPS = Slow; +++ unmet needs.

Questions that must be clear before a project can be added here

  1. Priority: Does it directly address the top 3 Strategic Themes?
  2. Impact: Does it have a meaningful impact on a Strategic Theme, for implementations or for end-users? How much?
  3. Resources: Does prioritizing this project increase the contributions and resources flowing through the community? 

1. CARE. User Experience: Improve patient-centered care delivery and give care providers a great user experience

Modern UI that's easy for devs at different levels to contribute to, driven by a professional design process that prioritizes Point of Care user experience.

ProjectAbout

Investable Solutions

StatusSupporters: DesignSupporters: Development
Current Needs/GapsLearn More

Friendly, Modern UX in RefApp v3.0

Create a better means for building out a shared UI. Modernizing the entire RefApp frontend, using Carbon Design System for UI consistency and faster dev value. Needs to become a Point of Care application, that’s modern, friendly, and works well on tablets


people Join/Contact

Rapid Design System

HEALTHY

MFE squad using Carbon Design System in all new/3.0 UI designs & dev work.

AMPATH

AMPATH, PIH, Mekom

Patient Chart

HEALTHY

End-to-end support for HIV Outpatient Workflow; pilot plan April 2021

AMPATH

AMPATH, PIH, Mekom
Always welcome clinical test users

Medication Order Entry 

HEALTHY

AMPATH

AMPATH, PIH, Mekom
Always welcome clinical test users

Lab Values Display 

HEALTHY

AMPATH

AMPATH, PIH
Always welcome clinical test users
In-Chart Search

GAPS




Designs

Offline Support

DESIGNS STARTING

AMPATHMekom
Users for feedbackFollowing up with Medic Mobile about approaches

Smart Patient Lists

DESIGNS STARTING

AMPATHAMPATH, Mekom

Other orgs interested in partnering

Talk post with latest approach

Clinically Helpful 

Present healthcare providers with helpful information at the right time to help make better decisions - and the ability to do program process improvement as a result.

Real-time Clinical Decision Support calculations

NOT STARTED

Will likely embed this work in Analytics Engine Squad 






2. CONFIGURATION. Implementer Experience: Easier to build & deploy a distribution

Make life easier for implementers, and more efficient for developers.

ProjectAboutInvestable SolutionsStatusCurrent SupportersCurrent Needs/GapsLearn More

Plug & Play Architecture

Extensible, configurable and independently deployable frontend features. Get your frontend live and updated fast. Frontend architecture designed for extensible and configurable apps and widgets.

Microfrontend Architecture


HEALTHY

AMPATH, PIH, Mekom

UI Tools for Easy Configuration


HEALTHY

AMPATH, PIH, Mekom
Rapid White Labelling 

HEALTHY

AMPATH, Mekom, ThoughtWorks VolunteersDesigns & early feedback complete; Dev work starting Feb

Platform & RefApp Maintenance

Update core platform (the universally shared backend of OpenMRS) and the Reference Application (recommended bundle that creates a frontend) with necessary tech stack updates, bug fixes, and urgent feature requests. 

Platform 2.4 Release: Stack Upgrade

RELEASED


Volunteers, PIHTesting

RefApp 2.11.0 Release with module updates and urgent bug fixes 


RELEASED

VolunteersAutomated tests to reduce manual QA & uncertainty

Easier Deployment 

Modernized containerization. Plug & play. Build and deploy easily, both cloud based and on prem deployments

Dockerized Deployment


HEALTHY

MekomPIH

Dedicated DevOps time/stewardship

Update community documentation/conventions/culture on packaging


3. COMMUNICATION (OF DATA). Data Exchange: Easy, consistent, simplified Data Sharing across other systems & sites

Enterprise-ready integration with key health information systems, including different sites.

ProjectAboutInvestable SolutionsStatus & TimelineCurrent SupportersCurrent Needs/GapsLearn More

HL7 FHIR

Exchanging healthcare data in a widely-used, standards-based format, easing integration with external systems and products.


FHIR Module


HEALTHY

Upgraded Module released. Next version underway.

UW DIGI, Brown University, AMPATH, Google CloudDevelopers

Tools for transforming OpenMRS data into a FHIR based warehouse


HEALTHY

Google Cloud, AMPATH, UW DIGI

PLIR: Proof of concept using FHIR to extract Patient-Level Indicator data from OpenMRS

HEALTHY

Digital Square (via Notice D award), OMRS Fellows x2

OpenMRS Dictionary Management

Sharing concepts first (before forms & reports possible) - semantic interoperability




WebApp for terminologists to manage and share concepts across sites and organizations


GAPS

MSF, OCL, PIH, Volunteers, OMRS Fellow x1

REACT Developers, Product Managers

Critical External Integrations


Easier data sharing from OMRS to DHIS2 


GAPS

Volunteers, Google Summer of CodeImplementer feedback
Early conformance testing for HIE data exchange via InstantOpenHIE

GAPS

UW 





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