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OpenMRS is a flexible, modular, multi-layered system, and one of its strengths is that its platform can be used in many different configurations. As a result, "OpenMRS" can mean many things.

What Is A Distribution?

A particular configuration of the OpenMRS Platform, OpenMRS modules, content (concepts, forms, reports, etc) and (optionally) other integrated applications, that can be installed and upgraded as a unit.

Why Use a Distribution?

There are two ways to start using OpenMRS, depending on your needs and available resources:


OpenMRS Reference ApplicationGeneral Purpose

Maintained by the OpenMRS community, this distribution demonstrates how the platform's capabilities can be used to build an EMR. You could use this out-of-the-box as a facility EMR, but it (currently) doesn't have the complete EMR feature set.
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BahmniGeneral Purpose - Hospitals and Large Clinics

Maintained by the Bahmni Coalition, Bahmni is an out-of-the-box EMR and Hospital Information System that can be configured without programming. It integrates OpenMRS with Odoo and OpenELIS to provide out of the box and ready to deploy, inetgrated solution that covers hospital workflows
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eSaudeTargeted - MozambiqueDeveloped by the Mozambique regional OpenMRS community, eSaude. A tailored distribution of OpenMRS to provide point of care clinical patient registration and healthcare workflows on tablets for the MOH public health facilities.
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Kenya EMR

Targeted - Kenya

Developed by I-TECH, KenyaEMR is a tailored distribution of OpenMRS which meets the requirements laid out in the Kenya Ministry of Health document: 2011 Kenya EMR Standards and Guidelines.
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UgandaEMRTargeted - Uganda

UgandaEMR is the custom implementation of OpenMRS in Uganda which is mandated by the Ministry of Health.
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Connect for LifeGeneral Purpose

Connect for Life™ (powered by Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health) is a communication platform to engage with patients remotely and to provide continuity of care with proven implementation feasibility in HIV, TB, COVID-19 case surveillance, and vaccination programs.

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iSantePlusTargeted  - HaitiDeveloped by CHARESS in Haiti, the iSantePlus distribution is the national EMR of the Haiti Ministry of Health.  The features, functions, and integrations are founded on the experience of the original iSante EMR, built over two decades of user input for HIV C&T, Primary Care, and more in the Haiti context.  iSantePlus uses the FHIR2 module to participate in the SEDISH HIE (based on OpenHIE) to address the continuum of care use case and laboratory workflows across multiple public health testing labs. It also sends data to the national consolidated server for site activity and system monitoring, case follow-up, and secondary data use.

OzoneGeneral Purpose - Hospitals and Large Clinics

OpenMRS 3, augmented - Ozone is an exhaustive, configurable and scalable patient management system for health facilities that is built with OpenMRS 3.

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Other Distributions

  • CHITS is a targeted distribution for Philippine primary care centers, based on the older OpenMRS 1.8 platform
  • PIH-EMR is an implementation-specific distro deployed by Partner In Health
  • UP Health Service (UPHS) is an implementation-specific fork of CHITS


  1. be based on a currently-supported version of the OpenMRS Platform
  2. work leveraging the platform APIs, not just sharing the data model
  3. include instructions to install and upgrade it as a unit
  4. be actively supported. 
    • At a minimum, one person available via some electronic format (email, skype, IRC, etc) and with the contact listed on the Distributions wiki page.
  5. have an open-source license and publicly-hosted code

If this criteria is met, and you want to share your work with others, please post to this Talk category and tag your post with "distributions", edit this wiki page directly, or reach out to Darius Jazayeri and Jan Flowers.

What type is my Distribution?