The OpenHIE Meet-Up on Wednesday, December 14 at the Global Digital Health Forum had two simple goals:
One, to gather those working in different components and areas of OpenHIE’s architecture – or at least those working in health information systems – to explain some of the technical challenges they are facing.
Secondly, to find areas of collaboration with other participants to help solve these challenges.
We knew no challenges would be solved at the short breakfast meeting. But simply connecting the more than 20 participants from a variety of implementing groups provided an opportunity to strengthen the community built around OpenHIE.
IntraHealth International organized the meeting as an un-conference, which put the responsibility on the attendees to provide topics and lead discussions in a collaborative and open fashion. A number of people proposed discussion topics, and in the end, four participants initiated separate discussions:
Paul Biondich of Regenstrief Institute opened the meeting with a short welcome. Afterwards, attendees were invited to join the table of their choosing. In un-conference fashion, attendees were reminded they could participate as much as they liked, but the higher amount of participation would increase the quality of discussions.
Intro to OpenHIE: A wide ranging discussion, filled with OpenHIE novices and experts, covered the main components of OpenHIE and the fundamentals of its community. Members from teams working in two South American countries were in attendance, signaling interest in a region without much OpenHIE activity.
Expanding knowledge of OpenHIE in Sub-Saharan Africa: Anecdotal evidence shows that many eHealth practitioners working in Africa lack comfortability of talking about OpenHIE with their peers. The table discussed a few methods to increase knowledge and confidence, including study tours (where informatics professionals in one country travel to another country to discuss OpenHIE planning, performance and lessons learned) and creating a regional task force to increase training and dialog around OpenHIE. Increasing the amount of OpenHIE toolkit documentation was also discussed. A push to speak about OpenHIE use cases at the upcoming HELINA conference on April 23 to 26, 2017 in Burundi.
AeHIN history, processes used, next steps: Alvin Marcelo provided an overview of AeHIN and some lessons learned as the network has expanded. He overviewed the process AeHIN uses for assisting governments in South and Southeast Asia in the development of their health information systems and described both what is needed to continue to provide this support and AeHIN’s vision for the future.
OpenHIE Registries and Supply Chain Management: The conversation centered on aligning registries used by the health system and health care delivery with those used by supply chain practitioners. The link between young children and vaccine transactions is one example: Once a baby is born, she will appear in a health care delivery registry (like DHIS2) and a vaccine registry. Could the young child’s clinic record be leveraged for supply chain databases? Discussions also took place about attempting to align locations (of health centers) within a facility database with those used by supply chain registries.
After nearly one hour of conversation, each table reported out their findings and next steps. Business cards and contact information were exchanged along with promises to keep in touch and move the discussion to the next level. The participants then went off to join the final day of the Global Digital Health Forum.
Post by: John Liebhardt
On January 25-29 over 1000 health IT professionals gathered in Cleveland, Ohio to participate in the health information technology (HIT) industry’s largest collaboration, testing and education event the IHE North America Connectathon. This week long event provides developers a forum to advance interoperability for health information systems.
Why does interoperability matter when it comes to the sharing of health information? Interoperability enables interactions between disparate information systems without having to directly connect them through a hard-coded interfaces. This decoupled approach reduces dependencies and provides the ability to more easily exchange data with other healthcare systems. To provide interoperability, both semantic and syntactic interoperability need to be addressed. As we have seen in other industries, standards can be used to help address interoperability.
IHE standards address syntactic interoperability and provide some support for semantic interoperability. The focus of IHE testing is to ensure message standards are complete and that applications that implement the standards can interoperate. OpenHIE participation in connectathon allows testers and independent monitors to verify that the disparate OpenHIE reference systems can exchange information with other systems via the defined protocols.
OpenHIE community members came from around the globe to participate in this year’s North American Connectathon event to test standards that support OpenHIE workflows. OpenHIE focused on testing protocols related to:
For more information on IHE testing and conformance statements for previous connectathon testing, visit the OpenHIE Integration Statements page on our wiki.
During this weeks MedInfo conference members of the OpenHIE community will be presenting a workshop on “Promoting Effective Health Information Exchange in Developing Environments: An Overview, Tips, and Tactics for Engaging with the OpenHIE Community”. MedInfo is the premier international health and biomedical informatics event. This years theme “eHealth-enabled Health”, will bring world leaders in this field together in São Paulo, Brazil to share knowledge and analyze how eHealth and biomedical informatics are contributing to address some of the most challenging problems in health care, public health, consumer health and biomedical research.
Workshops at MedInfo are informative or interactive sessions that address a specific theme or topic in biomedical and health informatics. During the OpenHIE workshop, we will share three key elements of OpenHIE, including: the OpenHIE technical framework, the OpenHIE community process, and examples of implementations that leverage the OpenHIE initiative. We will further enable workshop participants to explore those elements through small group dialogue facilitated by OpenHIE community members. During the closing session participants will be brought together to help synthesize discussions and provide feedback to the OpenHIE community.
To learn more about OpenHIE’s workshop download our submission paper here.
We are pleased to announce the release of OpenHIE version 1.0 today, 05/15/15!
OpenHIE 1.0 includes exemplar open-source software that supports a collection of tested health information exchange (HIE) integration workflows that support common health care patterns. OpenHIE workflows specify interactions between Point-of-Service (PoS) applications and the HIE, as well as interactions between components that make up OpenHIE’s software architecture. OpenHIE 1.0 is not just software – it also includes a variety of informational artifacts and documentation. For details on how you can download, install and upgrade from your previous installations, please see our Release Notes Page.
Shaun (OpenHIE Chief Architect)