mukoya wrote on Monday, April 04, 2011:
Thanks Aethelwulffe. Will Check out your references.
What I do? Well, I am one of those doctors who was dragged to medical school when thier heart was in IT. Where I stay/Work (Kenya in East Africa) you train for what has higher odds of giving you daily bread, not what you love. My friends and relatives believed medicine stood a higher chance of feeding me!.
Worked in rural Kenya in a state run facility for 4 years as general practitioner. There were no EMRs, Patients would carry small booklets for every visit, doctor writes his progress notes in them and patient carries booklet home till next visit. No facility based records for outpatients.
A year and a half ago, came back to the city (Nairobi) for postgraduate studies. Looking around, Radiology was the closest medicine came to I.T, so I enrolled for my 4 years in University of Nairobi for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Medicine. In my second year now.
While in Radiology, I was shocked at how doctors, especially in radiology, were not taking up technology. Decided to start Organizing myself for installation and support for radiology solutions including Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), Radiology Information System (RIS) -this is like an EMR for radiology practices - and support for other advanced radiology solutions like Image processing e.g Osirix Workstation e.t.c. The main radiology software I am using is ClearCanvas. Been Open source. Have now gone Dual licensing from a day or so ago.
While at it, I received requests for solutions to cover clinics etc, which are much more prevalent than radiology centres anyway. I started searching for a software i could resell or Opensource that I could Support. That is how I landed on OEMR.
So, I am looking to establish a support company for medical IT solutions here, including OEMR.
O.k. Now you know what I am about and, yes, I need to know about billing if i am to support OEMR. I am aware I still have considerable ground to cover regarding billing and I will follow your advice on this.