OpenMRS is a flexible, modular, multi-layered system, and one of its strengths is that its platform can be used in many different configurations. As a result, "OpenMRS" can mean many things.
A particular configuration of the OpenMRS Platform, OpenMRS modules, and (optionally) other integrated applications, that can be installed and upgraded as a unit.
There are two ways to start using OpenMRS, depending on your needs and available resources:
Some of the advantages to using a distribution that already exists are:
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.
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.
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||General Purpose|
Maintained by the OpenMRS community, this distribution demonstrates how the platform's capabilities can be used to build an EMR. You could use this out-of-the-box as a facility EMR, but it (currently) doesn't have the complete EMR feature set.
|Bahmni||General Purpose - Hospitals and Large Clinics|
Maintained by ThoughtWorks and the Bahmni community, Bahmni is an out-of-the-box EMR and Hospital Information System that can be configured without programming.
Targeted - Kenya
Developed by I-TECH, KenyaEMR is a tailored distribution of OpenMRS which meets the requirements laid out in the Kenya Ministry of Health document: 2011 Kenya EMR Standards and Guidelines.
|eSaude||Targeted - Mozambique||Developed by the Mozambique regional OpenMRS community, eSaude. A tailored distribution of OpenMRS to provide point of care clinical patient registration and healthcare workflows on tablets for the MOH public health facilities.|
To be added to this page, at a minimum your distribution must:
If these criteria are met, and you want to share your work with others, please post to this Talk category and tag your post with "distributions", edit this wiki page directly, or reach out to Darius Jazayeri and Jan Flowers.
Do you intend for health facilities anywhere in the world to use your system with little customization? This is probably a General Purpose Distribution.
Targeted at a specific geographic region, e.g. KenyaEMR or Mozambique's eSaude? This is a Targeted Distribution.
Targeted at a specific disease, e.g. Ebola or MDR-TB? This is a Targeted Distribution.
Is your distro built for one specific customer, and would need extensive modification or forking to be used by someone else, e.g. PIH-EMR? This is an Implementation Specific Distribution.
Do you have a collection of OpenMRS modules and configuration, but no automated installer? This is not actually a distribution.
Want advice on how to package things as a distribution? Post to the developers Talk category and ask!