An electronic medical records system has many advantages compared to a traditional paper-based system. Data is collected using electronic forms, and a standard template means that each user sees the same structure, simplifying the representation of the underlying information structure and complexity. Electronic forms also allow for basic data validation.
An administrator must design the form templates that data clerks will use. There are three forms modules in OpenMRS. An OpenMRS installation may use more than one style, but for simplicity, it's recommended you begin with one. They are compared below.
The next chapters describe HTML Form Entry and XForms in more detail.
InfoPath forms, created with the FormEntry module and Microsoft InfoPath, are not recommended. Microsoft InfoPath is proprietary software, and the forms are difficult to troubleshoot. InfoPath forms will continue to work, but there will be no new development.