OpenMRS logo. OpenMRS® (Open Medical Record System) was created in 2004 to meet the neded for an open source medical record system platform for developing countries. It was developed and continues to be enhanced by a non-profit collaboration of institutions 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. The OpenMRS community includes individuals and organizations around the world who believe that electronic medical record systems in these settings can be sustained, can positively impact the quality of care, and can be powerful tools in improving health outcomes.

OpenMRS is now in use around the world, including South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, India, China, United States, Pakistan, the Phillipines, and many other places.

OpenMRS can be used to develop customized medical records systems with requiring software programming expertise. It is Medical informatics efforts in developing countries can build on the OpenMRS platform and conceptual database structure to meet country-specific needs. The OpenMRS concept dictionary provides a powerful structure for supporting the technical and semantic interoperability of health information system components. The guidance and support of health informatics and software technology experts continues to ensure compliance with internationally-recognized standards.

One of the key strengths of OpenMRS is that it has become a large community effort supported by individuals and organizations around the world. RTI has developed

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