This section contains definitions and explanations of common terms used within UgandaEMR and OpenMRS




The concept is the basic element of flexibility in OpenMRS. Concepts are the individual data points collected from a population of patients. Concepts include both questions and answers. For example, blood type data is collected for a patient. The question is "What is the blood type for the patient?", with a set of discrete answers of "A, B, AB or O". To implement this in OpenMRS with concepts, the question is a concept ("blood type") and each response ("A", "B", "AB" and "O") is also a concept. For this one question, a total of 5 concepts are required.


A single, specific interaction between the patient and a provider. An encounter can be any interaction and includes doctor visits, laboratory tests, food distribution, home visits, counselor appointments, etc. Each encounter must an encounter type, date/time, location and provider.

Summary Page

A summary page used for both ART and HIV Exposed Infants captures demographic information on the patient, how they got into care and important changes in their treatment regime

Encounter Page

An encounter page for both ART and HIV exposed infants captures information on a visit to the health facility which includes their health status, nutrition, tests done and results (when available), medication dispensed, counselling and education done


A provider is any person who provides services to patients in a health facility may include doctor, clinician, midwife, lab technician or a counselor