An open source Electronic Health Record (EHR) customized for Nepal’s public healthcare system
NepalEHR is designed for use in limited resource settings, and seamlessly integrates registration, clinical diagnosis and investigations, prescriptions, reporting, and supply chain management. It facilitates care coordination across facility- and community-based points of service, integrating data to map disease, target care & continuously improve healthcare service delivery.
It combines and enhances existing open source products into a single solution.
Bayalpata Hospital, Achham: NepalEHR was first deployed in early 2015 at this district hospital in rural farwest Nepal.
Charikot Hospital, Dolakha: Less than a year after the devastating earthquake of 2015, NepalEHR was deployed at this public hospital in rural central Nepal.
Most frequent questions and answers
NepalEHR builds upon the strengths of Bahmni to integrate additional components (like Commcare and DHIS2) to create a more holistic healthcare system tool adapted to an Nepal’s healthcare system.
NepalEHR’s underlying OpenMRS system uses industry standard protocols, and a role-based access control system. At the current implementations, the EHR is only accessible from the internet via secure VPN, as all implementations are setup in an internal network behind firewalls.
With some training, anyone with basic IT training can handle everyday issues at the remote sites – support for complex issues can be provided remotely by a central support team.
Due to unreliable power supply from the national grid, we ensure adequate power through use of solar panels and inverters.
Depending on multiple factors like size of facility, number of providers and range of services provided, the implementation size and costs can vary. The initial implementation costs at the 30-bed Charikot hospital was about $40K, including all hardware costs. Ongoing costs are much smaller as the bulk of the cost is capital expenditure.