Bahmni adopted in Ethiopia in UoG Hospital

Bahmni deployed in Ethiopia in UoG Hospital

Title: EMR Implementation at UoG Comprehensive and Specialized Hospital



  • Website: (University of Gondar Specialised Hospital)
  • Know the hospital serves for more than 13 million people in the catchment area.  In different departments there are 28 ward and 15 different outpatient services areas and the hospital has 960 beds. Every year around 400,000 clients wear visited at the outpatient and more than 30,000 admissions cases were seen every year. In addition to this around 15,000 surgeries performed and 10,500 deliveries were attended every year. The hospital serves as a sole referral center in North-West Ethiopia, as well as a teaching and research center and it contribute highly competent health professionals for the nation.


  1. In the past many years, Ethiopia had made efforts to implement EMR systems at various public health facilities. However, the implementation efforts have been unsuccessful in all but a few health facilities.
  2. In recent years, however, Ethiopia has made remarkable achievements in the implementation of health information systems including the District Health Information System (DHIS2), Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS), Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS), Electronic Public Health Emergency Management System (ePHEM), and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
  3. Currently, the Ministry of Health is facilitating and supporting the implementation of EMR systems that meet the Ethiopian Electronic Health Record (EHR) standard. One of the EMR systems that are being deployed in various public health facilities in Ethiopia including in the University of Gondar Comprehensive and Specialized Hospital, is the Bahmni system. The system is a global open EMR tool that meets the Ethiopian EHR standard and provides end-to-end automation of health facility services.
  4. As part of the Ministry of Health initiative, we have proposed and implemented an open-source digital tool called Bahmni to the UoG Hospital. Bahmni is an easy-to-use, complete, open-source Hospital Information System and Electronic Medical Record under development since November 2012.
  5. We followed a phase-by-phase approach to customize and install the Bahmni system. First, we customized the Medical Record Unit (MRU). After the MRU customization and implementation, we then customized and implemented the Bahmni system in the following other departments in a similar fashion: Central triage, emergency triage, OPD, IPD, laboratory, radiology, and pathology departments.

Implementation Partner: eHealth Lab (

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