[Health] Fwd: Health OLPC (OpenMRS)

Ellen Ball eball at pih.org
Fri Sep 5 12:55:27 EDT 2008

My name is Ellen Ball.  I work at Partners In Health and am a
developer/implementer of OpenMRS.  I have successfully used OpenMRS from
an XO browser.  It worked nicely, except that OpenMRS has a dependency
on MS InfoPath for form entry.  We are moving to a non-propriety option
(xforms), but currently our main method of entering data is using

Let me know if I can provide additional help,

Ellen Ball
Partners In Health
Boston, MA USA

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jason Grey Faulkenberry <jgfaulkenberry at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM
Subject: Health OLPC
To: arjun at laptop.org

   My name is Grey Faulkenberry and I am part of a group called Global
Brigades.  We are a non-profit organization that began in Honduras,
and now also have projects in Ghana, India, and Panama.  We do a
number of types of projects including business brigades and
microloans, water brigades with various purification projects, and
numerous health projects including chimneys and latrines.
    I am personally involved primarily with our medical brigade
program, and will be it's director next year.  I am writing because I
am interested in purchasing some XO laptops later this year in the buy
one get one opportunity.  I wrote to the main website and they
directed me to talk to you about what you have done and accomplished.
I also wanted to see if there were opportunities where I might be able
to help with your project.  Finally, I was wondering if you know of
anyone that successfully setup an electronic medical record on an XO
laptop.  I saw that a number of people were using VistA.  This is
great, but I was wondering if anyone has tried OpenMRS.  It's an
electronic medical record, but is a free open-source program.  Its
website is http://openmrs.org/wiki/OpenMRS.  I think this could have
some advantages over VistA.  It is already being used in multiple
developing countries for many purposes and it is based on a data model
with a concept dictionary, allowing it to be growable.  It was started
by Paul Farmer, known at least in the medical circle, as the "Father
of International Medicine."
   Again, I just wanted to get in touch, because I hope to be able to
use some of your projects in the future. Let me know if there's anyway
I can help out.

Grey Faulkenberry

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