What is the OpenMRS Technical Roadmap?

The Technical OpenMRS Roadmap is a set of milestones for our Platform, Reference Application, community-sponsored modules, and related tasks that help us meet the needs of our implementations.

For information about how the roadmap milestones are chosen and prioritized, see the Technical Roadmap Planning page.


Reference Application 2.9 (April 2019)

Release Manager:  Reuben Varghese

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments
Reference Application

  • These issues have had their respective PRs merged.
  • They need to be tested thoroughly before being marked as complete.
  • Instructions for testing will be posted soon.

Platform 2.2 (March 2019)

Release Manager: Samuel Male and Irene Nyakate

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments

Mike Seaton / Mark Goodrich

IDGEN-42 was being worked on by Daniel Kayiwa, but he is busy with multitasking, so we need to find someone to take this on.

tendo kiiza Martyn picked it up and is working on this Issue

Samuel Male planning to help Tendo finish the ticket after exams (tomorrow)

Encounter Diagnosis


Daniel Kayiwa closed this ticket after all work on it was done.

Provider Roles

Mark Goodrich

Finished by Wyclif Luyima and a followup ticket created as RA-1174 for the remaining work in the reference application.

Creatable, Changeable interfaces

Wyclif Luyima

Program Enrollment Attributes

Daniel Kayiwa, Steven Musoke

Daniel Kayiwa made a followup commit for the remaining minor issues.

Bundle addon manager owa

Need dev to do final testing. If we can find dev in the community, great; otherwise, Daniel will do.

Platform 2.3 (TBD 2019)

Release Manager:   Nathan Ruhanga  Release Mentor: Samuel Male

Operational Strategic Stretch Goal: Commence discussions on how to include decision support ; Output being a strategy paper with possible options

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments
1REST resource for Creating Order Group

Need to ask product owner if they are still interested in continuing @ Yusuf Akhond

Upgrade our libraries

 a Dev 1 Aspirant could take this up
3Module Class Loader Doesn't Allow Unrelated Modules to Have the Same Library

4Run Platform 2.3 with AdoptOpenJDK

Oracle will stop providing public updates for Oracle JDK 8 in January. This means that only Oracle customers with a paid subscription or support contract will be eligible for updates.  

In order to provide you with another option, we now need to upgrade the platform to run with with AdoptOpenJDK 8. AdoptOpenJDK is free to use, and provides regular maintenance and security updates. Paid support for AdoptOpenJDK is also available from organizations such as IBM. 

Burke Mamlin is this correct?


5ObsResource needs to support time zones and more date formats

6Changing login redirect from legacy-UI login to add-on manager login

7Bundle addon manager owa

Need dev to do final testing. If we can find dev in the community, great; otherwise, Daniel will do.

Cynthia Antwi to confirm if this was completed in 2.2

8Improve performance of the platform as the application grows

The scope of this needs to be defined

Platform 2.4 ( TBD 2019)

Release Manager:  TBD

Operational Strategic Goal: Commence discussions on how to include decision support ; Output being a strategy paper with possible options

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments
Order Templates

Condition List MVP?

Could we add a few activities from GSOC? Burke Mamlin Suthagar Kailayapathy

What incentives could we use to get students to complete?

Reference Application 2.10 (TBD 2019)

Ongoing talk post for roadmap planning

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments



Reference Application Someday

FeatureDescriptionStatusPoint of ContactComments
Add Order Entry UIAdd some sort of user interface for doing order entry.
We could polish up the orderentryui module, or do an OWA from scratch. Whichever we find easier.
Add Patient Flags Module

Still under development
Responsive ability to the clinician facing dashboard

Core and modules to advertise capabilities that can be configured and manipulated

Not started
MPI enhancements to Registration App and Registration CoreProduction quality integration with OpenEMPI using HL7 v3 PIX/PDQ messaging standards
Discussion on talk.
Pre-built Reporting Tools

This includes the ability to do several things.

  1. Run a report for a patient directly form the patient dashboard.

Patient summary module does not provide adequate configuration and doesn't work in Ref App.

27-March: We could include Reporting REST documentation that Darius Jazayeri and the Andela team have done.

OCL subscription module

Using KenyaEMR as a use case, create a tool for subscribing an OpenMRS instance to a dictionary (e.g. the CIEL dictionary)

Retrospective data entry

Basic support for retrospective data entry within the Reference Application

Needs a user centric story - add to existing ticket
OpenMRS Web Framework

From discussions in #MOZ15, we would like for the OpenMRS Platform to evolve toward providing a web framework that allows developers to add functionality using standard development tools (e.g., HTML5 + JavaScript against REST services, AngularJS apps, OWA , ...).

Ranking REST tickets on 5 Aug design call.

Burke Mamlin and Darius Jazayeri discussed 24-July-2015 and Darius will make a Talk topic to move this forward.

Bahmni technical deep dive scheduled for 4 June Developers Forum.

17 June design forum will discuss progress (coordinating various efforts). As well as look at how to make REST services more robust. Darius still working w/ Bahmni on fundamental pieces of their web framework to pull into OpenMRS (will talk about this on future call).

25 June dev forum on REST web services: how to substantially improve them W/ Burke Mamlin & Darius Jazayeri

Vertical Packaging

OpenMRS has a lot of flexibility and extensibility with a central concept dictionary, RBAC, forms, reports, modules, and apps; however, it's not always easy to know which metadata goes with which functionality. The goal of vertical packaging is to define best practices for managing and relating all of the components (metadata & behavior) that work together to solve a particular problem within OpenMRS. Eventually, we envision a way that someone could easily add the MDRTB package to their OpenMRS implementation to begin treating MDRTB patients... or upgrade their Oncology package, etc.

Need to look at the design we had and see if we can get it in 2.3

Burke Mamlin to share first draft of metadata mapping design on Talk.

First step will be to add ability to map metadata, 22 June design forum

Discussed on 20 May design forum.

Condition List

Manage & view patient problems (e.g., on the patient dashboard and integrated with diagnosis capture)

See also:

Daniel took a look at condition list to see what we need to do to get the API in 2.3 and believes if we do not get volunteers on admin sprint then condition list will not be ready.,

13 April WIP given on design call

1 June design forum to define how encounter diagnoses should work with conditions (and condition list).

Talked w/ Bahmni BA (Saranya) about use cases and requirements on 15 June design forum

Basic Order Entry for meds and testsBasic ordering of meds and tests "out of the box" in Reference Application.

Ad Hoc Analysis tool (v1)

 Incorporate new cohort definition tool.


Concept Management ImprovementsAllow for concept merging and easier browsing through concepts and references terms without losing frame of reference.

Improvements to Permissions (technical implementation)

Avoid giving all API privileges to users

Needs discussion and design

Would like input from implementations, PIH (Mark, Mike, David) AMPATH, Kenya EMR, BAMI/JSS

Need to reach out for inputs!

Kiran has started helping with this

Provider ManagementWould include provider types and ability to retire the old provider management module. Will remove UI library module once provider management is in the core.

Platform Someday

Multiple concept classes per concept

Anonymous Patients

Support for unnamed John Doe patients

Test Patients

Support for tagging & recognizing test/fake patients, so they can be ignored within reports.

Decision Support (v1)The first trivial example of providing decision-support feedback (includes significant design and back-end discussions)

Clinical EncounterRecord the entire clinical transaction piece-by-piece as part of a Session, as opposed to via a Form.

Patient Listse.g. "My Patients", "Inpatients on Service XYZ", etc. (Related to RA-202.)

Program Enrollmentsv1: capturing this data; v2: drive available forms/actions based on program state