METS organised a National Training of Trainers (ToT) on 2-6 May 2016 at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara to build a mass of technical support team to fast track the national roll-out in the entire country. OpenMRS is an open source system for Electronic Medical Records which was adopted in 2011 by the Uganda Ministry of Health and it is currently running in about 400 health facilities across the country. Following the recent revision of the HMIS tools, Makerere University School of Public Health (SPH), METS program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Division of Health Information (DHI) has customized OpenMRS to reflect the latest revised HMIS tools.
Different updated HMIS tools (forms, registers, etc.) were integrated and reports generated. The HMIS project in close collaboration with Ministry of Health also was involved in the organization of the International OpenMRS implementers’ conference to be hosted in Uganda. A series of planning meetings were conducted.
Participants include IT and M&E staff from various CDC and USAID supported Implementing Partners, Districts Bio-Statisticians, HMIS Focal Persons, MoH Division of Health Information and AIDS Control Programme.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide participants with practical hands on training on the updated UgandaEMR system. Specifically, the training sought to; Build capacity to upgrade the existing OpenMRS Installations (1.6.3 to 1.11.6), Give technical guidance on troubleshooting the new features and functionalities of UgandaEMR and to Provide training on report generation and data use.
This training was made a reality with additional support from WHO, MEEP and MJAP.