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Re: [Health] GnuHealth for Large Lay-in Maternity Clinic

From: Luis Falcon
Subject: Re: [Health] GnuHealth for Large Lay-in Maternity Clinic
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:52:27 -0300

Hello Kurt

On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 8:52 AM, Kurt Symanzik <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am a software developer who has volunteered to research, potentially
> customize, and install an electronic medical record system for the largest
> "lay-in" maternity clinic in the Philippines, i.e. they use midwives. They
> conduct about 20,000 pre-natal visits per year and deliver 1,500 to 2,000
> babies a year. This is a charity organization that offers these services for
> free to impoverished families. I live in the Philippines in the same city
> and am a friend of the founders of the organization.
Great !
> We have concluded that GnuHealth is the strongest match for our needs and
> one of the strengths that it has is it's ability to be customized relatively
> easily for our needs due to Tryton. But they have also found that the
> health_gyneco module is not suited for the information that they are already
> collecting nor for their reporting needs to the government. In a broad
> stroke, about half of the fields in the module they don't need and about
> half of the fields that they do need are not there at the present time.
Great to know that GNU Health fits your needs !
> A decision will need to be made on whether to create a new module specific
> to their needs or to discuss potentially extending the health_gyneco module
> via pull requests, etc. (or a little of both). My request pertains to
> guidance in this and related matters: do you have any recommendations as we
> proceed? Words of advice, etc.? Recommended practices?
That's one of the strengths of GNU Health. No matter how small or
large your installation will be, my advise is that you should create a
module for that institution, so you can put your own reports, views,
In that way, you work on your own context without affecting the
standard and the upgrade process. Then you can inherit the models, and
add the fields you need.

Of course, many times there are things that are useful for the whole
community, so please let us know if you find something missing that
will be of benefit for future versions, and we'll incorporate it to
the standard release.

> Thank you for your time.
Best regards
> Kurt Symanzik

Luis Falcon
GNU Health

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