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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21;264:1732. doi: 10.3233/SHTI190620.

Secondary Data Use in Rwanda: Leveraging OpenMRS for Global HIV Research.

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1
Rwanda Military Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda.
2
Rwanda Biomedical Center, Kigali, Rwanda.
3
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, New York Medical College, Valhalla, USA.
4
Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York, New York, USA.
5
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA.

Abstract

The Rwandan Ministry of Health supports a countrywide installation of the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS) to improve clinical recordkeeping and patient care. However, electronic medical records also can be a valuable source of data for observational and experimental studies. We describe the challenges and lessons learned when reusing OpenMRS data in Rwanda for global HIV epidemiology research.

KEYWORDS:

Electronic Medical Records; Observational Study; Rwanda

PMID:
31438316
DOI:
10.3233/SHTI190620

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