OpenMRS Worldwide Summit 2015

OpenMRS Worldwide Summit 2015 

OpenMRS Inc., the non-profit organization supporting the OpenMRS community, is hosting a new annual global gathering of contributors called OpenMRS Worldwide Summit, focused on building and growing both our community and our software. While our OpenMRS Implementers Meetings will continue to bring together OpenMRS implementers & health care professionals to focus on how OpenMRS is used, the annual Worldwide Summit will bring together OpenMRS people of all types, and will offer them opportunities to share their work, as well as discuss how software will evolve in the coming year. The first OpenMRS Summit is happening 8-14 December 2015 in Singapore. Read on for more information about the schedule and logistics.




OpenMRS Tutorials

Tuesday & Wednesday, 8 - 9 December 2015

For two days before the conference (Tuesday and Wednesday) OpenMRS Inc. will host a variety of educational tutorials that contributors and others can use to learn more about OpenMRS and Health IT. Both half-day tutorials and full-day workshops are available each day; details about each tutorial are posted to the right. Each tutorial has an associated fee to cover the expenses of trainers and materials; see the event registration page at for details. Discounts are available for full-time students and volunteer contributors.

Health IT & OpenMRS: An Introduction
Tuesday, 09:00-18:00

In this full-day tutorial, you will learn basic overview of electronic medical records systems, health data management and how you can use the OpenMRS system for data and information management. We will cover basics of installation, user management, location management, patient dashboards and some interesting features that are provided by different modules. You can see how OpenMRS can be customized with different modules that are suitable for different contexts. This tutorial is helpful for new users and developers who would like to know the features of OpenMRS. Individuals who would like to evaluate and try to see if OpenMRS fits their healthcare needs will also benefit from this tutorial.
Instructor: Saptarshi Purkayastha, PhD.

Mobile Tools for OpenMRS (CANCELED)
Tuesday, 09:00-13:00 

In this half-day tutorial, you will explore the different mobile tools that can be used with OpenMRS. You will see example use-cases and understand the appropriateness of these tools to different contexts of use. You will also receive instructions to setup and use mobile tools for OpenMRS, such as mUzima, ODK Clinic, iOS & Android clients, OpenMRS-jr. We will cover topics such as device management, data collection, form management, modular approach to mobile tools and strategies to successfully scale the use of these tools. This tutorial is meant for individuals who are planning mHealth initiatives linked to OpenMRS

AngularJS & REST Web Services 101
Tuesday, 14:00-18:00 

OpenMRS software development is moving towards building web components that can work with each other, instead of being part of the Java module framework. Since the release of the module, we have focused on improving the REST resources so that we have a complete API that is accessible over HTTP and developers with different language skills can contribute. This tutorial will provide instructions on how to use the OpenMRS REST API to build custom user interfaces using modern/popular tools. Most efforts in the community have focused on using AngularJS, and we'll showcase some of the "best practices" in AngularJS development.
Instructor: Darius Jazayeri

Extending & Customizing OpenMRS
Wednesday, 09:00-18:00 

In this full-day tutorial, you will learn how to extend OpenMRS's features and customize it for specific needs. Topics covered include Program management, workflows, reporting for stakeholders, clinical functions, and administration tasks. You will also learn to build basic add-on modules to extend OpenMRS functionality, and how to work with other module projects to improve them. We will look at development practices and "best practices" in OpenMRS module development such as using the SDK, using pre-built concept dictionaries and defining roles/privileges for the reference application. The tutorial will be useful for new developers, new implementers and for community members who want to look at the coolest/greatest modules for customizing OpenMRS. It might also be useful for people who want to get new ideas for modules.
Instructor: Daniel Kayiwa & raff

OpenMRS Concept Management
Wednesday, 09:00-13:00

Concepts are core metadata to capture data and manage information in OpenMRS. With some of the new initiatives like Open Concept Lab, metadata sharing module,, CIEL/MVP dictionary etc., management of concepts in OpenMRS has become convenient. In this half-day tutorial, you will learn about different approaches to manage concepts in OpenMRS. You could create own dictionary, adopt another dictionary, improve and add-on to another dictionary. This tutorial is targeted towards new implementers, developers who work on metadata management as well as implementers who are looking at features in OpenMRS to customize for different medical practices and departments.
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Kanter & Ellen Ball

Getting Data Out
Wednesday, 14:00-18:00

Once patient has been captured in OpenMRS, the next step towards improving systems of care is to analyze and understand that data. OpenMRS provides a number of reporting and analysis features that allow you to analyze data by creating patient cohorts, aggregate reporting, disease profiles etc. In this tutorial, you will learn how to build & customize reports for OpenMRS users & stakeholders. You will learn basic approach how to send aggregate data to other systems, but the primary goal of the tutorial is to showcase the features from the reporting module.
Instructor: Mike Seaton


Conference Sessions

Thursday - Saturday, 10 - 12 December 2015

The highlight of Worldwide Summit is our 2.5-day conference, where OpenMRS leaders and contributors will share new strategies, new technologies, and new ideas with each other in an interactive setting. The conference agenda will include plenary talks, smaller breakout talks, and unconference sessions.

See our official schedule as it develops on Lanyrd:


Developer Hackathon

Sunday - Monday, 13 - 14 December 2015

If you are a developer/programmer, please join our free OpenMRS Hackathon on Sunday and Monday after the conference. The hackathon is open to beginners and experts alike. If you're ready to write code and save lives, be sure to register for the hackathon! Space is limited to the first 50 attendees.

Additional details from the OpenMRS engineering team about the hackathon will be posted here and to OpenMRS Talk soon.


Optional Evening Events

Tuesday - Sunday Evenings

We will be organizing a wide variety of optional evening "after hours" events to hang out and network with other participants, and to provide opportunities to see some of the many exciting sights Singapore has to offer! After-hours events are subject to change. More events and details will be posted in the weeks leading up to the Summit.

Tuesday 8 December
Group walk to dinner at the famous Maxwell Food Centre 

Wednesday 9 December
Pre-Summit BBQ Dinner presented by Google at Labrador Nature Reserve

Thursday 10 December
PowerPoint Karaoke
Chinatown Food & Drink Crawl

Friday 11 December
Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands light shows, food court 

Saturday 12 December
Afternoon Explorations & Shopping Trips
Little India Exploration
Night SafariTour (Advance Tickets Required)
Clarke Quay Nightlife 

Sunday 13 December


Venue, Location, & Accomodations

All sessions of OpenMRS Worldwide Summit will take place on the campus of Singapore Management University (SMU), located in the central business district of downtown Singapore. The campus located steps away from Singapore's best shopping, lodging, and entertainment; and is also connected underground to the excellent MRT rail transportation system, offering easy and affordable access to all parts of the country, including direct access to Changi Airport.

Summit sessions will be held in academic buildings connected by SMU's underground concourse, containing a wide variety of dining options as well as an MRT light rail station. Complimentary campus wireless internet will be available for registered attendees.For more information about SMU's campus, we've provided a few videos and campus map:

Over 60,000 hotel rooms are available in Singapore, a large portion of which are within a very short distance of Singapore Management University (SMU).
We encourage attendees to search Singapore-based for hotel reviews and booking information to find the accommodation that best meets your needs. Mid-range hotels within walking distance of SMU include Hotel Bencoolen and BIG Hotel
If you're looking for less expensive hostel accommodation, consider Plush Pods, starting around $25 (USD) per night; or alternatively the nearest hostel to SMU, 5footway.inn's "Boat Quay" location, starting around $30 (USD) per night.

The airlines of SkyTeam, Official Alliance Network for OMRS15, offer attractive airfares for participants. SkyTeam comprises 20 leading international airlines: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air, serving 1,052 destinations in 177 countries with over 16,323 flights daily. To book your travel now, visit SkyTeam's OMRS15 site.


Event Sponsors

Our event partners help make OpenMRS World Summit possible. Thank you to all who support our community and its work!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! A wide variety of opportunities are available to support our event and travel grants for volunteers to attend. If your organization is interested in supporting us, please email for a sponsorship prospectus.

Book your travel now using our official alliance network.


Additional Information

Important notes before you register....

OpenMRS Inc. offer a travel grant program for volunteer contributors to attend key events throughout the year. The program runs year-round, and limited funding is available for travel grants to contributors to attend Worldwide Summit. Please see program documentation on the OpenMRS Wiki for more information and to apply.

Event registration does not include meals. A food court with a wide variety of cuisine options is available in the SMU underground concourse which connects all buildings, and countless restaurants, food centres, and shopping establishments are all available within a few minutes' walk from SMU.

Payment is due at time of registration by credit card. Alternative offline arrangements via bank transfer may be arranged. Offline payments not received before the event will result in cancelled registrations, and the attendee will not be admitted.

At registration, all attendees agree to follow the OpenMRS Privacy Policy and Friendly Space Policy.