Open Architecture, Standards and Information Systems (OASIS) for Healthcare in Africa

This project will help African countries develop and maintain low-cost sustainable health information systems, and use the information systems to address health issues at both the facility and the public health level. It will do so by reinforcing existing implementation of an open source medical record system (OpenMRS) in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and by supporting and expanding the OpenMRS developers network.

The idea is to develop a framework for the integration of free and open source (FOSS) computerized health information, communication technologies (handheld computer and mobile telephone applications, broadband wireless communication) and applications (computerized medical records, systems for integrating and aggregating data, telemedicine). The framework will specify open standards, common interfaces and interoperability between applications.

The project will be coordinated by the South African Medical Research Council, with close links to the Graduate Program in Medical Informatics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, among others. Outputs will include a set of specifications and interoperability guidelines; at least one working model of the system in Southern Africa; a team of experts in medical informatics and computing; and a methodology for leveraging open source software and techniques for improved health data management.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, October 1, 2007

End Date

Thursday, December 31, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

Emdon, Heloise

Total funding

CA$ 1,047,039


Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South of Sahara, South Africa

Project Leader

Chris Seebregts


South African Medical Research Council

Institution Country

South Africa

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