Prior to MySQL version 5.6 the DATETIME datatype is only precise to the second, and in version 5.6, a column datatype
of DATETIME is precise to the second. (To get millisecond precision you'd need to say DATETIME(3).) Thus all the
DATETIME fields in all existing OpenMRS installations running on MySQL are precise to the second.
We use java.util.Date in OpenMRS, which has millisecond precision, so when saving an OpenMRS object to the database,
date conversion happens. Prior to version 5.6, MySQL used to drop the millisecond component from a DATETIME when
saving it. Starting in version 5.6, MySQL rounds
a datetime, e.g. if you save a visit with startDatetime of
2014-02-05 14:35:17.641 it will be stored in the database rounded up to the next second: 2014-02-05 14:35:18.
This can have several undesired effects. Take the following code snippet:
Visit v = new Visit();
// set Patient, VisitType, etc
return "redirect:patient.page?ptId=" + v.getPatient().getId()
In the 50% of cases where v.startDatetime was rounded up to the next second, the redirect takes us to the page for
a patient who does not have an "active" visit, though they have a future one that will start in less than a second.
To achieve the MySQL 5.5 behavior while running on version 5.6+, we use a hibernate interceptor to drop the
millisecond component of dates before writing them to the database.