Our Guiding Principles
We encourage honest and active transparency in our processes and our development.
We design highly adaptable processes and technologies that work in the most challenging environments.
We develop open health data standards and work to make them useful within resource-constrained environments.
We respond to real, specific country needs; not perceived needs.
We believe in creating a safe space for discussion, critique, and problem solving to harness our collective wisdom.
We believe it’s important to publicly document and share our knowledge, skills, experiences, and failures.
We believe in the power of community, as the best ideas come from people with different backgrounds and talents.
Eric-Jan Manders, PhD
Daniel Futerman, Ryan Crichton, Chris Seebregts
Paul Biondich, MD, MS
Facility Data Management
This community is comprised of individuals, implementers, software designers, and process experts seeking to leverage facility registries to collect, curate, store and distribute timely, accurate, and standardized facility information to diverse health systems and services.
Patient Identity Management
This community provides an open forum for subject matter experts, implementers, and tool developers (experts to novices) to share and document best practices, identify challenges and gaps and create roadmaps for development and use of identity management standards, tooling (client registries/master patient indexes and matching/linking algorithms), biometrics and other architectural patterns and standards for identity management.
Clinical Terminology Services
The community includes terminologists, technical and implementation stakeholders whose objective is the utilization and deployment of standardized healthcare terminology to support continuity of semantic meaning, the meaning of health terms, as data is shared across organizations and systems.
Health Metrics and Indicator Reporting
This community’s mission is to further develop standard practices for achieving sustainable interoperability required to calculate and track health metrics (indicators) efficiently and practically.
Health Worker Data Management
This community includes individuals, NGOs, and governments who share a commitment to aggregating and making health workforce information accessible using international standards and open source technologies. It works primarily to develop, test, and provide implementation support for open source health worker registry standards, applications, and stakeholder guidance.
The OpenHIE Interoperability Layer Community (OHIE-IOL) aims to enable easier interoperability between health information systems. We provide a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing for designing and developing an interoperability layer that connects the components within OpenHIE.
Shared Health Record
The OpenHIE Shared Health Record Community (OHIE-SHR) aims to enable the collection and storage of electronic health information about individual patients in a centralized repository, which is capable of being shared across different healthcare settings.
Product Management and Supply Chain
This community is a working group designed to represent and codify the needs of the health supply chain and directly influence overall OpenHIE conventions and standards so that they are directly supportive.
Health Financing Data
This community is focused on identifying health care financing data exchange needs and working synergistically with the OpenHIE community to ensure that data exchange processes and requirements meet the needs of the health care financing communities.