Happy New Year from the Raxa JSS EMR Project!

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Surajit Nundy

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Dec 31, 2011, 4:31:05 AM12/31/11
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Dear Fellow Contributors:

As 2011 winds down, it seems worthwhile to take a look at where we have reached on this ambitious journey. Conceived only earlier this year, the operations of the Raxa JSS EMR project began in earnest in August with the recruitment of all of you whose contributions now form the backbone of this project. Contributors from leading academic departments of computer science and health information (e.g. Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, NYU, IIT-D, IIIT), software companies (e.g. Microsoft, Google), user experience designers as well as interested healthcare and management professionals were the first interested parties. With the help of JSS staff, we created User Stories – detailed, granular, accounts of health information flow within JSS – and started converting those User Stories into User Interface designs and then software blueprints. Next, we divided up our efforts into modules and created an aggressive timeline to finish the initial development effort by the summer of 2012. We created an online wiki, elicited interest from our fast-growing bank of volunteers via online forms and allocated them into module development teams. On the 23rd of October 2011, during Stanford’s Code-the-Change Hackathon at Facebook’s campus in Palo Alto, CA, the first lines of code were committed to our project and we were on our way.

Today, on the eve of the New Year, we can count more than a hundred volunteer contributors amongst us. Designers, developers, technology gurus and healthcare professionals located all around the world collaborate on the Internet knitted together by multiple weekly meetings in cyberspace. We have ambitious goals for our software; 1) We want it to be easily upgraded and are using HTML5/CSS/Javascript as our technologies, 2) We want it to leverage existing work and are thus using OpenMRS (with able support by the OpenMRS community) and 3) we want it to be useful for people with limited literacy and connectivity such as those served by JSS – we have a large voice initiative organized by world leaders in speech processing at Carnegie Mellon as a sub-project which aims to connect providers, Community Health Workers (CHWs) and patients with our larger system.

The doctors and staff at JSS are now using a pharmacy management system that will connect to our software and are getting excited about the benefits that the rest of the system will bring to the patients at JSS. Our efforts have piqued interest - other groups in India and elsewhere are showing interest in implementing our system, once it is functional, amongst their populations and in their practices. While this project is ambitious and would ordinarily cost millions of dollars to implement, we have gone further than we imagined possible with just voluntary support and hard work from all of you. In the New Year we will start raising funds for the project – to create the support structure and staff that will ensure the success and future of this effort.

2012 will be a busy but exciting time for the Raxa JSS EMR. In January, we hope to complete the implementation of the first set of modules and commence the development of the remaining modules earmarked for the first rollout. We plan to have the initial development completed by April and, after testing and bug-zapping, hope to have the system up and running at JSS shortly after. Following that, as data is generated in the system, we will start generating the analytics and other data and create the extensibility that will make the system informative and valuable for others. While this will take more hard work, we are creating something truly unique – a digital information system that will positively impact people’s health across the world.

From all of us, thank you for your contributions and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Raxa JSS EMR Project

Surajit Nundy

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Feb 11, 2012, 10:37:08 AM2/11/12
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Dear all:

We have moved our JIRA project management and wiki webspaces to a new, hosted instance (kindly donated by Atlassian software). This is partly because, due to all of your interest and effort, our group has become large enough that we need to do our own support. In addition, these new webspaces will allow us to divide our tasks into subprojects that will greatly reduce spam, increase efficiency, and hopefully, be targeted in relevance for our project. This is in no way a move away from OpenMRS, we work closely with all the folks there and they have helped us (thanks Michael Downey!) a great deal in making this migration happen.

Most of your login details have been moved over. If you find that to not be the case, please do sign up with the SAME DETAILS on the new webspaces. Wiki pages that were updated in the last two days will be needed to be re-updated (apologies, there should only be about 4 changes) and we look forward to working with you to solve any problems that do come up). Please contact raxa-jss-em...@googlegroups.com with any questions.

The new JIRA and wiki (Confluence) can be found at:-

http://raxaemr.atlassian.net

Thanks and we look forward to us all settling in to our new home!

Raxa JSS EMR

Saptarshi Purkayastha

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Feb 11, 2012, 2:17:38 PM2/11/12
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If the account has not moved, apologies for that.
I request you to please signup with the same details as earlier, since we are not able to move users individually

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Saptarshi PURKAYASTHA

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On 12 February 2012 00:08, Rajan Zachariah <raj...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Saptarishi,

Even my account details haven't moved. Can you fix that too please?

-Raj

On Feb 11, 2012, at 10:50 AM, Saptarshi Purkayastha wrote:

Hi Bhiksha,

Fixed it. You can Signup now with the details.

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Saptarshi PURKAYASTHA

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On 11 February 2012 21:12, bhiksha raj <bhi...@cs.cmu.edu> wrote:
Hi Shuro

My login hasn't moved, and the button for contacting JIRA
administrators to get a new account tells me the the button has not
been configured :-)

Who's the JIRA admin to write to?

-Bhiksha
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Bhiksha Raj
Associate Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Tel: 412 268 9826



Surajit Nundy

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Feb 14, 2012, 12:23:09 AM2/14/12
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Dear all:

We have been evaluating various Open Source software licenses. Our priorities are to ensure that we will have:-

1. A tried and tested Open Source License.
2. Compatibility with the licenses of the toolkits we are using (OpenMRS, MoTeCH, Sencha/ExtJS)
2. A vibrant developer community going forward. We hope that this project will continue to help those working at JSS and elsewhere long after we have all moved on (although we hope none of us does). One way to ensure that is to have as many people's interests be part of our "big tent" to ensure our initial development and future maintainability.

Weighing all the various options, we have decided to use the Apache 2.0 Software License.

Regards,
Raxa JSS EMR

Vinay Venu

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Feb 14, 2012, 1:05:12 AM2/14/12
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Looks perfect !!!
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