As the OpenHIE community continues to grow, many of our community members have appreciated the growing country demand for support and technical expertise related to health data sharing architectures. To further the mission and vision of the OpenHIE community, we want to find ways to support countries in a way that is sustainable and focused upon building capacity within countries in as efficient of a way as possible. Members of the OHIE community are available to assist you in your preliminary planning and design stages. As your efforts become more concrete, OHIE partners can be engaged to provide additional, on-going, support for detailed planning, implementation and production.
As such, organizations and individuals within the OpenHIE community can provide countries various levels of support as they navigate this activity within their country. Not only can members of the community provide direct technical expertise, we can also serve as neutral advisors, facilitators, and consultants to in-country stakeholder consensus building processes.
Members of the OpenHIE community can help with the following:
Identifying and learning from the key stakeholders within a data sharing enterprise
Helping to develop decision-making models that empower key stakeholders to influence and shape the data exchange over time
Provide various examples of governance models that have been implemented in other countries
Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of various governance models for a given environment
Facilitate early engagements of newly formed governance structures, as a neutral third party
Co-develop data sharing agreement templates between data producers and consumers
Co-develop privacy and confidentiality documents
Gather, curate and provide examples of relevant data exchange and sharing policies and policy frameworks
Share OpenHIE architectural models with stakeholders within country
Educate and provide peer mentorship to various key technical members within country around standards and interoperability concepts
Develop iterative technical architectures that take into account / leverage existing technologies within a country
Document and educate broader community within country on planned architectural vision, and implications for ongoing work
Gather, curate and provide examples of other country architectural models
Work with key health domain leadership to document and describe data sharing challenges that pre-exist within country, develop technical designs to respond to these use cases
Examine existing paper-based workflows to identify areas where OpenHIE could help optimize current practices
Develop short term tactical approaches to operationalize an overarching eHealth strategy
Develop implementation and costing plans consistent with tactical approaches
Provide direct technical assistance in either a direct or supportive capacity to local stakeholders
Facilitation of Connect-a-thon and Hack-a-thon activities
Mentorship and training for local and regional HIE architects, software developers and system administrators
Serve as a connection hub for different country and regional health enterprise architects to facilitate peer learning, mentorship, and exchange of success stories and lessons learned
Development of documentation and training materials and related knowledge management services for operationalizing OpenHIE and its components
Key topics that come up frequently include: Hosting (cloud, local ISP, MOH data centers), deployment, interoperability/integration, SOPs, SOA approach, Requirements gathering, sharing experiences from other implementations, how to keep a registry current
Look at a list of our Communities and join a call to share your country-project-teams needs and opportunities
All of the dimensions of support described above are fundamental to effective health data sharing planning processes. In our experience however, countries and individuals who lead within those countries have unique support needs, which necessitates a tailored support strategy. We appreciate the financial and human resource constraints countries face as they develop their national health data sharing strategies. As such, we attempt to provide various levels of community-based and individual support services, based upon the evolving needs over time. Community-based services are by their nature free to the community, and supported by community volunteers who support the values and mission of OpenHIE. When there’s a need for dedicated, focused, more intensive support, members of the OpenHIE community are available as part of a paid, consultative relationship.
Online documentation through the http://ohie.org online presence
Access to community forum that can provide peer country and domain expert support
Access to OpenHIE Implementers Network events, such as the annual OpenHIE Community Meeting
Access to OpenHIE Architecture Specification that provides an overview of OpenHIE architecture , articulates requirements and workflows (data exchanges)
Consulting, support and training services are provided by an ecosystem of organizations, subject matter experts, and teams from around the world. Working with them ensures familiarity with OHIE and use of all OHIEs expertise and experience to support your initiatives success.