Guest Contributor: Daniel Futerman, Jembi Health Systems
Jembi Health Systems is an African non-profit organization with extensive experience in the fields of interoperability, digital health, and health system strengthening. As an OpenHIE partner organization, Jembi contributes a broad set of technical and operational skills across various communities in the OpenHIE initiative; covering design, development, technical architecture, community management, and development of reference technologies.
Meeting People Where They Are
Jembi believes that robust health systems and sharing information will advance global health. This organization is rooted in Africa and their ultimate goal is better healthcare for all people.
The following are some core strategies toward their goal:
- Strengthening health systems with local people for their own needs
- Investing in and developing systems that are within reach of low-income countries
- Helping to build individual capabilities to support their own solutions
At the centre Jembi’s work is providing value to end-users. Once there is a clear value to their work-lives, users embrace new technology. If health practitioners see the benefits, this organization captures richer and more useful data – helping end-users, funders, and ministries. In the end, this serves Jembi’s shared goal of better health outcomes for all people.
Jembi and OpenHIE
Our work in interoperability and health information exchange began with involvement in the Rwanda Health Enterprise Architecture (RHEA) project and development of the Rwanda Health Information Exchange (RHIE), one of the first implementations of the OpenHIE Architecture.
Jembi has developed several OpenHIE Interoperability Layer (IOL) and Shared Health Record (SHR) reference technologies including the OpenHIM and OpenSHR, as well as continued development of emerging tools such as Instant OpenHIE, which aims to create a deployable, preconfigured reference version of the OpenHIE architecture, allowing users to illustrate how interoperability can work to solve real world use cases and health challenges.
Jembi has been a longstanding advocate for OpenHIE, and currently leads the joint IOL / SHR community, supports the OpenHIE Implementers Network community, and works with the architecture, devops and leads communities to help move the OpenHIE roadmap and vision forward.
Jembi has been working with the Health Financing towards UHC community to support documentation of workflows and architecture and the integration of Health Financing into the OpenHIE architecture, the OpenHIE Academy community to support the development of OpenHIE training curriculums and materials, and has supported the coordination and planning of the OpenHIE Community Meetings and conducting the Hackonnect-a-thon.
Rooted in Africa
In South Africa, Jembi has been part of the African Health Information Exchange (AHIE) consortium, developed over the past three years in partnership with UCT-CIDER and other organisations, supporting the development and national scale-up of the South African unique health identifier, developed and matured interoperability solutions to promote timely integration of data from existing HIV clinical systems such as TIER. Net and laboratory information systems, and supporting development of a consolidated data environment for all health data, including for HIV and TB services.
In Mozambique, Jembi partners with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and the national MoH to strengthen local capacity in the HIS and eHealth, in partnerships that span the public, private and academic sectors, through over 20 active projects, offices and a living lab in Maputo.
Jembi also works regionally in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Cameroon, Rwanda, South Sudan and Lesotho providing technical assistance and contributing to improving healthcare services and health systems by developing and implementing appropriate, custom HIS and Health Information Exchange services to address country needs.
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