OpenMRS, a global medical records system collaborative

factors influencing successful implementation.

Nareesa A. Mohammed-Rajput, Dawn C. Smith, Burke Mamlin, Paul Biondich, Brad N. Doebbeling, Collaborative Investigators Open

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Abstract

OpenMRS is an open-source, robust electronic health record (EHR) platform that is supported by a large global network and used in over forty countries. We explored what factors lead to successful implementation of OpenMRS in resource constrained settings. Data sources included in-person and telephone key informant interviews, focus groups and responses to an electronic survey from 10 sites in 7 countries. Qualitative data was coded through independent coding, discussion and consensus. The most common perceived benefits of implementation were for providing clinical care, reporting to funders, managing operations and research. Successful implementation factors include securing adequate infrastructure, and sociotechnical system factors, particularly adequate staffing, computers, and ability to use software. Strategic and tactical planning were successful strategies, including understanding and addressing the infrastructure and human costs involved, training or hiring personnel technically capable of modifying the software and integrating it into the daily work flow to meet clinicians' needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-968
Number of pages9
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
Volume2011
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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OpenMRS, a global medical records system collaborative : factors influencing successful implementation. / Mohammed-Rajput, Nareesa A.; Smith, Dawn C.; Mamlin, Burke; Biondich, Paul; Doebbeling, Brad N.; Open, Collaborative Investigators.

In: AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium, Vol. 2011, 2011, p. 960-968.

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Mohammed-Rajput, Nareesa A. ; Smith, Dawn C. ; Mamlin, Burke ; Biondich, Paul ; Doebbeling, Brad N. ; Open, Collaborative Investigators. / OpenMRS, a global medical records system collaborative : factors influencing successful implementation. In: AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium. 2011 ; Vol. 2011. pp. 960-968.
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