A community that builds together.

Our growing network of volunteer members and partners work together to support each other and contribute to our collective knowledge base and best practices.

  • Our Guiding Principles

  • Openness

    We encourage honest and active transparency in our processes and our development.

  • Flexibility

    We design highly adaptable processes and technologies that work in the most challenging environments.

  • Standards-Based

    We develop open health data standards and work to make them useful within resource-constrained environments.

  • Needs-Driven

    We respond to real, specific country needs; not perceived needs.

  • Humility

    We believe in creating a safe space for discussion, critique, and problem solving to harness our collective wisdom.

  • Transparency

    We believe it’s important to publicly document and share our knowledge, skills, experiences, and failures.

  • Communal

    We believe in the power of community, as the best ideas come from people with different backgrounds and talents.

Partnering Organizations

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Apelon
Alvin Marcelo
Eric-Jan Manders, PhD
Daniel Futerman, Ryan Crichton, Chris Seebregts
Paul Biondich, MD, MS
Steven Wanyee
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OpenHIE not only embraces the ideology behind the importance of public goods, it is exemplary in its ability to connect implementers to each other and subject matter experts. OpenHIE provides the architecture not only for sharing data, but experiences and lessons learned, strengthening interoperability beyond borders and individual use cases.

Apelon

As an architect, one of our responsibilities is to look for established artifacts and protocols and determine if they have a good fit with the needs of our client (in this case, ministries of health). I found the OpenHIE as an accessible open community (more than just technology) where I can find knowledge and resources that would've been otherwise inaccessible. OpenHIE, as I found out, is a collection of wise men and women with the scars to show when it comes to eHealth implementation. The openness of the OpenHIE community is a tremendous resource for learning.

Alvin Marcelo

Our group has been working to explore the role and benefit of a health information exchange to support public health data use from facility based clinical information systems. We have focused on the specific need for HIV case-based surveillance, a critical component of the strategic information needs for a national HIV program in some countries. We are working on a technology preview with OpenHIE that demonstrates automated reporting of HIV cases and sentinel events of public health interest related to an HIV diagnosis from an EMR to the exchange, and subsequent data export to a surveillance data repository. This also allows additional objectives such as probabilistic record linkage to be built with the capabilities of the exchange and connected applications. We hope that this will help countries that aim to add HIV case-based surveillance into their national HIV program to consider architecture components like OpenHIE to realize programmatic priorities while leveraging a common health information infrastructure.

Eric-Jan Manders, PhD

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jembi has been involved with OpenHIE from its inception and continues to embrace the principles of open architecture, standards and information systems associated with the OpenHIE principles. As an African implementing organisation, Jembi has implemented and supported health information exchange initiatives in Rwanda and South Africa. Jembi is also involved with and supports a number of OpenHIE communities, including the Interoperability Layer and Shared Health Record communities. OpenHIE is enabling interoperability and will continue to play a key role in strengthening health information systems in low resource settings.

Daniel Futerman, Ryan Crichton, Chris Seebregts

Jembi Health Systems
As emerging economies throughout the world begin to invest in digital health solutions, they seek responsible ways to architect their integration upfront. We choose to invest our time and energy into the OpenHIE community because we believe in the power of solidarity over charity. We believe that by working alongside these environments, we can rise all ships, and learn more efficient ways to integrate health information, together. The Regenstrief Institute has an over 50-year history of establishing, maintaining, and evolving health information system standards and conventions, and we're excited about sharing those experiences alongside this rapidly growing community of mission-driven organizations and individuals.

Paul Biondich, MD, MS

Regenstrief Institute
OpenHIE has made it easier to think about meaningful exchange of health information holistically, accommodating the complexities of our health systems that comprise of digital health investments made over the years both vertically and horizontally. The real value however is the real people in the OpenHIE Community who have and continue to breathe life into the OpenHIE architectural blueprint, tools, processes, methods and all other artifacts aimed at improving healthcare outcomes, patient experience and affordable healthcare.

Steven Wanyee

Practice Groups

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Clinical Terminology

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Interoperability Layer

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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