2010-08-26 Leadership Conference Call

In Attendance

  • Paul Biondich
  • Hamish Fraser
  • Burke Mamlin
  • Chris Seebregts
  • Dawn Smith


  • Haiti Update (Hamish)
  • Implementers Meeting (Chris Seebregts)
  • Nonprofit Legal Update (Dawn)

Meeting Minutes

  • Haiti
    • Working for the past four to five months with Global Health Alliance in Haiti
    • OpenMRS recognized as a possible group to help build health informatics system
    • Request for $15 million proposal by the end of August for health information systems in Haiti
    • Teaching hospital is being created about an hour outside of Port-au-Prince
      • Plan is to break ground in next couple of weeks
      • The hospital wants health information systems in place
      • Funds are coming to support this project from the Haiti Reconstruction Fund
    • Impact with OpenMRS and the role of OpenMRS in the project:
      • Find a way to strengthen the current team rather than hiring lots of new members
        • i.e. strengthen reporting
      • Recognize the core areas that need to be strengthened and direct sources towards that
        • People to hire, groups to hire, work with core development team
      • Benefits: make it clear that there is a separation from core development vs. application specific
      • Paul suggests having people involved in the community process, a shared leadership structure
  • Implementers Meeting
    • Scholarships
      • Leaders of Jembi and OpenMRS will review the scope of the scholarships on Friday, 27 August 2010
        • Review what people are applying for (full, partial scholarship)
        • Carl Fourie has a spreadsheet with all the applicants
        • The team will organize this list and rank it
    • ACTION ITEM: a meeting has been scheduled for 27 August 2010 to finalize the scholarship list and allocate funding to individuals who requested support in order to attend the Implementers Meeting
  • Nonprofit Organization
    • Dawn selected a nonprofit lawyer to review the legal documents in preparation for IRS submission
      • The projected cost is $5,000 to $8,000
      • Dawn will speak with individuals in PIH and other nonprofit organizations to see if this amount is standard
      • Dawn is also waiting for an itemized list from the lawyer to see what costs we can save