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[liberationtech] Fwd: HARD WORK & LOW PAY: Opportunity to Build an Open Source EMR for a Leading Hospital in Rural India

Sam King samking at cs.stanford.edu
Fri Jan 13 23:12:37 PST 2012


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Daniel Pepper <daniel.pepper at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Subject: HARD WORK & LOW PAY: Opportunity to Build an Open Source EMR for a
Leading Hospital in Rural India
To: Sam King <samking at cs.stanford.edu>


 A leading non-profit healthcare organization in rural India, JSS (
www.jssbilaspur.org), is building an open-source health information system
(Raxa) and is seeking a few energetic, talented programmers. In a catchment
area of about 300,000 JSS operates a multi-nodal hospital, three remote
village sub-centers and an extensive public health outreach program with
104 community health workers.

Its founding doctors hail from AIIMS, the premier teaching hospital in
south Asia. They left their cushy positions in the city for a life of
toiling in a challenging rural environment where severe malnutrition,
multiple drug resistent TB and leprosy are common.   To further their
vision of high-quality healthcare in resource-poor environments, JSS has
set forth the ambitious goal of transitioning from its current paper-based
recordkeeping system to a cloud-based digital Health Information System.
 This project will undoubtedly benefit tens of thousands of people in the
near term and many more in the long term.

This project not only involves building a health information system for
JSS, using a modified data model of the robust and field-tested OpenMRS
platform (www.openmrs.org), but also making this system modular,
extensible, freely and widely available for other organizations to
implement as easily as possible in the future.

*We need your help!*  We are designing the system to be completely
cross-platform and are prioritizing the mobile device; users interact with
the application through web-based services that are accessed by a basic
browser.  In a sense, we are making a canonical open-source point-of-care
system, one that will hopefully be the seed for a large number of such
developments in the future.

The project already has a small but dedicated group of very talented
programmers in the US and India, but is looking for an additional handful
of skilled developers to round out the team, to be based between the
hospital, in rural Chhattisgarh, and our development hub in New Delhi, for
the summer of 2012.

Extensive documentation about the project is available.  Main expertise
required  for participation is in javascript, jquery, enthusiasm, logic,
vision and to be able to learn by doing.

Drop us a line and we’ll invite you to our shared DropBox folder with most
of our designs.

For more information about JSS itself please see the link above and this
news item about its work:
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yY_JSO-Dqg
*
Please contact: *daniel.pepper at gmail.com* and visit our project wiki at:
*https://wiki.openmrs.org/display/projects/Raxa+JSS+EMR
*
Many thanks,
 Daniel
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