The OpenLMIS community has the pleasure to announce the 3.1 milestone release. In line with the version 3 series, 3.1 includes the release of entirely new features in OpenLMIS, including key stock management transactions, tracking lots, and spatial data support, as well as more administrative screens.
A highly requested feature for OpenLMIS, the all-new stock managementservice is a major milestone in the version 3 series. It is a culmination of many months of planning, discussion, and development, and represents a step towards the eventual achievement of a full-feature electronic LMIS that ministries of health and other organizations can utilize to manage their supply chains across programs. The 3.1 version is a first release of stock management transactions and we will continue to iterate on the initial set of features to support vaccines and make general improvements as the community suggests new features. The full vaccine feature set is planned for release late 2017.
Stock Management Features
- View and print individual stock cards or a summary of all stock on hand
- Perform a Physical Inventory (or Stock Count or Stock Take) to verify the electronic inventory records against physical stock quantities
- Enter a Receipt of stock received at a facility
- Issue (or transfer stock) from a facility
- Record an Adjustment, either an increase or decrease, in stock levels due to a configured set of reasons, which may include stock discarded/wasted due to expiry, damage, or an increase due to third party donations
Contributions Back to Core
In addition to the feature set of version 3.1 developed by the core team, the community is also proud to announce that the first country to implement the OpenLMIS version 3 series has already begun contributing back features for re-use by other implementers!
The first implementer has contributed back many enhancements and modifications to the core code base. Their enhancements and extensions of the core code have been built in modules, ensuring both that the code will not be forked, and that they will be able to take advantage of upgrades and new releases without affecting their existing functionality.
By contributing back features to the core code, any country, project, or NGO that implements OpenLMIS in the future can take advantage of these enhancements, increasing the shared benefit of the OpenLMIS initiative.
Key Feature Contribution Highlight
Bulk Reference Data Upload – This first deployment on version 3 has contributed a tool to upload reference data in bulk via csv files. This new feature will assist other implementers in configuring the system through csv uploads.
We are excited to hear your feedback and learn from the global health community! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to share your comments and new feature suggestions.
The OpenLMIS Initiative’s mission is to make powerful LMIS software available in low-resource environments – providing high-quality logistics management to improve health commodity distribution in low- and middle-income countries. OpenLMIS increases data visibility, helping supply chain managers identify and respond to commodity needs, particularly at health facilities where lack of data significantly impacts the availability of key medicines and vaccines.
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