[Health] Fwd: EMR for Losho, Masailand, Kenya

Niels Olson niels.olson at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 13:42:22 EDT 2008

response from Jeff Trotter below.

demo here: http://openmrs.org/wiki/Demo

Status of OLPC in Kenya is "red", whatever that means.

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From: Fred Trotter <fred.trotter at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Subject: Re: EMR for Losho, Masailand, Kenya
To: Niels Olson <niels.olson at gmail.com>, paul at openmrs.org
Cc: nanthracite at verizon.net

        Nancy may well disagree but VistA is probably not the right
project for your needs. It does not sound like you need "Hospital"
features that VistA comes with, and might be able to get away with one
of the lighter weight clinic focused web-based EHRs. Using a web-based
EHR would ensure that you could use the low-cost laptops running
linux. I believe there is some work being done to get VistA working in
this environment but I do not know where that work is.

        I would recommend OpenMRS. It is already designed for your
environment and has been extensively deployed in what might be similar
environments across Africa. I have included Paul from the OpenMRS
project who will obviously be able to speak more intelligently.

        There are other good web-based EHRs out there, but I think
that the OpenMRS vision is most compatible with what you want to do,
and would be the most receptive to developing or accepting patches
that you might need.


On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Niels Olson <niels.olson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a friend who is going to Kenya June 25th to August 10th, her goal
> to facilitate regular primary care visits, establish a usable, sustainable
> system of medical records, to link the incountry medical schools with this
> site. The villagers use cell phones (network unknown for now), power is
> available, the generator may be solar. Lots we need to follow up on. Total
> souls in the catchment area is guesstimated at 4000 to 7000. If we could
> establish a medical record system in this area it could become a model for
> other areas in Kenya or Africa.
> The main group goal is in the schools, my friend is the only medical
> I think the overlap potential is obvious.
> SO: can we set her up with VistA? Can we set it up on XO laptops? Will she
> have a client available? If not OLPC, then what about the new Dell E or
> Asus Eee?
> Thoughts? Will follow up with the team's website and more particulars.
> for this is in less than two weeks.
> Niels

Fred Trotter

Niels Olson
Tulane School of Medicine
Class of 2009
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