[Health] Fwd: Health OLPC (OpenMRS)

Ellen Ball eball at pih.org
Fri Sep 5 15:12:10 EDT 2008

Partners In Health works in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Lesotho and Rwanda.  Our OpenMRS colleagues are spread out through out many other location including Kenya (Regenstrief in Indiana), South Africa (Medical Research Council) and Millenium Villages Project (many countries in Africa).  This is definite overlap.

Ellen Ball

-----Original Message-----
From: Edward Cherlin [mailto:echerlin at gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 2:52 PM
To: Ellen Ball
Cc: health at lists.laptop.org
Subject: Re: [Health] Fwd: Health OLPC (OpenMRS)

On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Ellen Ball <eball at pih.org> wrote:
> My name is Ellen Ball.  I work at Partners In Health and am a
> developer/implementer of OpenMRS.

Delighted to meet you. I have been working with people in Free
Software for health applications off and on for several years, and
also in low-cost telemedicine.

Do you know in which countries there is overlap, and thus the
possibility of collaboration on the ground, between OLPC and PiH? See

Haiti seems to be the place to start, and Rwanda is a possibility.

> 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
> Infopath.
> 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
> Hello,
>   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.
> Sincerely,
> Grey Faulkenberry
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