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San Francisco Students Help Bring Quality Healthcare to India

Raxa Project

OPSWAT continues to support San Francisco State University (SFSU) students in their work with OpenMRS and more recently, the Raxa project. The Raxa project is a part of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system project which was developed in 2004 by the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University to support automated record-keeping in developing countries.

The significant benefit of using OpenMRS is that it allows users to modify the system from anywhere in the world according to the specific needs of each community. The Raxa project focuses on bringing affordable and quality healthcare to rural communities in India, helping to store patients' medical history and to enhance delivery of medical services in areas of low internet connectivity and electricity.

With the Raxa project, students are extending and testing a module to provide decision support services for clinicians. Examples of these include checking drug interaction, alerting clinicians to prescribe appropriate medications (e.g. prescribe beta-blockers when the clinician has diagnosed heart failure, but did not prescribe the drugs), as well as other alerting procedures to assist the clinician. The system can also include working with mobile technologies (e.g. sending text messages to patients, etc.). Another student is developing a module to support data, images, etc., associated with radiological services.

San Francisco State

Students who are working on these projects are led by Dr. Barry Levine, a Professor in the SFSU Computer Science Department. "The reason I'm offering my assistance to these projects and leading students in contributing is the direct link between our efforts at developing and implementing the system and saving lives," said Dr. Levine. "I strongly believe in providing this assistance and wish to help any way I can."

In addition to the Raxa project, Dr. Levine is also working with University of California San Francisco faculty to help address the quality assurance issues with patient data at a clinic in East Africa. Many errors occur in these hospitals with clinicians inputting the incorrect patient data (e.g. a nurse might mistakenly put down 220 pounds instead of 120 pounds). These quality assurance issues arise in many implementations of medical record systems, not only in developing countries but also in the developed countries.

"This partnership with OPSWAT has provided funding to support several aspects of our projects. The support of these projects will save lives!" said Dr. Levine.

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