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About OpenMRS

Official Website

From the OpenMRS website - "Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS®) was created in 2004 as a open source medical record system platform for developing countries – a tide which rises all ships. OpenMRS is a multi-institution, non-profit collaborative led by Regenstrief Institute, a world-renowned leader in medical informatics research, and Partners In Health, a Boston-based philanthropic organization with a focus on improving the lives of underprivileged people worldwide through health care service and advocacy. These teams nurture a growing worldwide network of individuals and organizations all focused on creating medical record systems and a corresponding implementation network to allow system development self reliance within resource constrained environments."


Looking to get started at a developer? Read the blog post about a new book for OpenMRS developers. The book, "OpenMRS Developers' Guide", can be found at

Work in Progress

An in-class activity to get students to think about the roll of open source in their career planning. Career Planning

An assignment for students to watch videos about OpenMRS and the technologies used in the project. OpenMRS.Setup

Directions to handle an OpenMRS ticket Handle an OpenMRS Ticket (Activity). Note: There are two FIXME comments in the file that state questions I have about git. Anyone have answers?

Outline for an independent study course. J. Taormina I.S. Fall 2013

Recent Activity

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OpenMRS in the Classroom


The following faculty are using, have used or are planning to use OpenMRS in a class.

Meeting Time

Spring: TBD by a Doodle Poll - IRC: #foss2serve on freenode

Want to review our previous IRC Meetings?

Getting Started

  • Sign up on OpenMRS Community [1]
  • Sign up for mailing list(s), including the Open MRS POSSE Alums mailing list
  • Gather information on weekly meetings for various groups (OpenMRS University, Development, Design) - see below

Setting Up A Development Environment

Option 1: Follow OpenMRS Instructions for Manual Installation

Option 2: Download a Virtual Machine with OpenMRS Pre-installed

  • See OpenMRS-VM for more information about a virtual machine put together at POSSE 2015
  • See OpenMRS-Dev for continued work on the VM above into a development environment virtual machine
  • See OpenMRS-Dev1 for continued work on the VM above that allows the VM to function as an OpenMRS server where students can install newly developed OpenMRS modules that are compiled and built using the students' preferred IDE on their host machine for the VM.

Initial Plans:

  • Download, install, etc.
  • Track our own "journey" on how to approach the project - be able to model for a student
  • Try to get to the point of being able to make a small contribution to the community

Useful Links

OpenMRS Info:

General Links:

OpenMRS Meetings:

Links from the 6/5 OpenMRS University Call
Links found based upon 6/5 call
Links from the 6/6 OpenMRS Developers Call
Links from the 6/12 OpenMRS University Call
  • Recording of Meeting: [3]

POSSE Proposals

POSSE Workshop Groups

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