Rwanda trains its own developers for e-Health Programme

The Rwandan Ministry of Health, has  unveiled its first batch of software programmers who will be in charge of developing and implementing the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS). OpenMRS is  a community-developed, open-source, enterprise electronic medical record system platform which is being implemented in Rwanda to nationally track patient-level medical information, connecting over 500 health facilities.

The programmers underwent 11-month training in software development which was conducted by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board/IT (RITA)Partners in Health and TRAC Plus. Speaking during the programmers’ graduation ceremony Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Agnes Binagwaho said  “This targeted training is part of a bigger health sector puzzle. We have the vision of developing an integrated e-Health system and trained programmers will help us achieve that.”

from Peninnah Gathoni in The New Times via

This, in my view, is the ultimate model for the development of public information systems: create local capacity to develop bespoke systems using open source software or semi-built generic applications.