OpenMRS January 2013 Contributor Of The Month: Saptarshi Purkayastha

Michael Downey | OpenMRS | January 23, 2013

Editor’s Note: Starting in 2013, we will be highlighting an OpenMRS contributor every month, giving you the opportunity to learn more about the people building the OpenMRS software and community. More information about the Contributor of the Month program is available on the OpenMRS wiki. We welcome your feedback about the program and your nominations of fellow contributors!

Saptarshi Purkayastha is from Mumbai, India and currently lives in Norway for work. He is a Research Fellow at the Department of Computer & Information Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he is enrolled in the PhD program and works as a researcher in the domain of Health Information Systems for developing countries. His research group is the HISP Project at the University of Oslo, so Saptarshi spends most of his time there. Recently, OpenMRS community manager Michael Downey spoke to Saptarshi about his experiences in the OpenMRS project.

MD: Congratulations on being our first contributor of the month. You’ve been around the community for a while. Can you tell us when and how you first heard about OpenMRS?

SP: Thanks to everyone for the honor! I first heard about OpenMRS in 2007, when I was asked by a clinician friend who wanted to use an Information System to manage his nursing home. I was looking through different ways to contribute and visited the OpenMRS IRC channel. Someone suggested starting as a student for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program. I applied to the Registration module project and was accepted into that program. While doing this, I implemented OpenMRS at my friend’s nursing home. We now have over 100,000 patient records that allows analysis of patient problems, allowing him to run his nursing home in an efficient, profitable way...