FAQ

  • What is openIMIS?

openIMIS is an open-source software tool for the digitalisation and efficient management of health financing workflows. Currently being used to manage a variety of health protection schemes in Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal and Tanzania, openIMIS offers seamless connections between beneficiaries, health service providers and payers. Without licensing fees!

 

  • Who can use the software?

The software is free to download and use to anyone. The general use-case is a health financing scheme operator such as a regional/national health funds manager or Ministry of Health implementing openIMIS to manage a provider payment mechanism. Other potential use-cases might be in universities with a health financing curriculum that need a learning environment to provide practical experiences to their students. Companies or individuals with expertise in digital health implementation could also look into providing services as an openIMIS implementation consultant.

 

  • How can the software be used?

The general use-case is a health financing scheme operator such as a regional/national health funds manager or Ministry of Health implementing openIMIS to manage a provider payment mechanism. This includes enrolling beneficiaries, collecting contributions, verifying membership, and the management and processing of claims - all digitally. However, the use of the software is not limited to these general use-cases! Feel free to explore the software and try out new implementation scenarios:

 

  • Is openIMIS free?

The openIMIS software, including the source code, is free. It can be freely downloaded without restrictions. When implementing openIMIS, you will incur costs for deploying the software (eg. server costs), and for required hardware at health facilities and the scheme operator. In addition, there will be costs for implementation and roll-out of the software(e.g. user training) and regular maintenance of the installation.

 

  • How much does it cost to implement openIMIS?

First things first: openIMIS as open-source software is completely free of charge. You can simply download and use it. There are no license costs attached to it, no matter what the use case is. However, there will be costs arising for the implementation of openIMIS in your organization, depending on a variety of factors. Not all of them are mandatory, they will all depend a lot on the specifics of your organization and use-case.

 

  • What are the additional costs to consider when using openIMIS?

Some examples of additional costs to consider when using openIMIS is given below. The extent of these additional costs will very much depend on the size and scale of the implementation. Examples of cost drivers are:

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  • Where is my data collected?

As you implement openIMIS, you will need to install and host the software on either a virtual or physical server. This server(s) is where your data will be stored. You have full control over who has access to the data.

 

  • Is my data safe?

Yes. We take care to ensure that the openIMIS software is free of security-related issues and that all required measures to ensure the safety of data are in place. However, there is an added layer of security that you are responsible for during implementation. As you implement openIMIS, you will need to install and host the software on either a virtual or physical server. You should ensure that the server you choose to host openIMIS on has the required security measures in place.

In terms of access to data, the openIMIS initiative will never have access to any data from your implementation of openIMIS.

(read more on securing your installation …)

 

  • Can the software be re-sold?

Yes - you can package and re-distribute the software according to the

license agreement. 

GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL-3) explicitly allows to convey verbatim copies the software commercially:

You may charge any price or no price for each copy that you convey, and you may offer support or warranty protection for a fee. (AGPL-3, §5)

However, you should be aware of the other statements in the license agreement, especially when distributing modified source versions. AGPL-3 has an in-build copy-left clause. This means that you need to distribute your version under the same license. Also, you are expected to feed back modifications of your distribution to the openIMIS project, even if you offer openIMIS as a Software as a Service (SaaS) on using your own server.

Of course we would appreciate being in touch with you when you plan to redistribute the software. This will be of benefit to you and the openIMIS community.