REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! OpenHIE’s inaugural community meeting July 31-Aug 4 in Arusha,Tanzania #OHIE18
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This event provides a unique opportunity for implementers to collaborate and improve their knowledge of OpenHIE, share user stories, and to propose new priorities. Too, government leaders will gather and learn from each other about approaches to designing interoperable solutions as well as governance frameworks that have been applied for health system information exchange.

 

 


July 31 - August 4, 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania

Mount Meru Hotel and Conference Centre 

 

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OHIE18 Sponsors

The OpenHIE Community Meeting is being hosted by the Government of Tanzania.

Coordination is being led by the OpenHIE Community including Regenstrief Institute, PATH and Jembi Health Systems.

 

About the Event

The OpenHIE Community meeting at Mount Meru Hotel and Conference Centre is designed to support developers, implementers, and Government officials in fostering the advancement of OpenHIE and the support of country owned and driven, large-scale health information sharing architectures. It will serve to showcase the strategy, approach and components that pragmatically empower sustainable and standards-based sharing of health information to improve health outcomes.  The meeting will also highlight existing OpenHIE implementations and provide a platform for community learning and discussion about OpenHIE in action.

The meeting will included 3 days of sessions (July 31 - August 2) and 2 days for a Connect-a-thon (August 3-4).

Objectives

  • Connect implementers with one another and with the wider network

  • Share and contribute to current OpenHIE global goods, multi-country implementation experiences, and foster wider collaboration both within Tanzania, and globally

  • Bring implementers and developers together to harmonize tool development with implementation needs

  • Provide  policy makers with an opportunity to better understand OpenHIE and its role in promoting interoperability and systems thinking

Who should attend

  • OpenHIE implementers from government, NGOs

  • Government Officials including ICT and eHealth Directors responsible for health information systems

  • Digital Health Policy Makers

  • Vertical health program implementers interested in interoperability

  • Health Information System software developers

  • Researchers

Why you should attend

This event provides a unique opportunity for implementers to collaborate and improve their knowledge of OpenHIE, share user stories, and to propose new priorities. Too, government leaders will gather and learn from each other about approaches to designing interoperable solutions as well as governance frameworks that have been applied for health system information exchange.

Conference Schedule

The OpenHIE Community Meeting agenda is structured to allow time for community members to connect, engage and learn about topics that are important to them. Sessions during the three days will be relevant for implementers looking to dive into the technical aspects of OpenHIE implementation as well as leaders who want to learn more about governance aspects of interoperability and health information exchange. In additional to pre-arranged sessions, the agenda will have several open “unconference” sessions where community members will propose presentations on topics relevant to their OpenHIE implementations. If you have ideas to propose for agenda sessions, please contact Amanda BenDor (abendor@path.org) or Carl Fourie (carl@jembi.org).

See below the outline of the agenda for the OpenHIE Community Meeting.  The agenda will be updated in the weeks before the conference.

Day 1 - “Enabling System Interoperability”

TimeLocationSession Description
8:00 - 8:30 AMMain Conference RoomRegistration
8:30 - 9:00 AMMain Conference RoomFormal Opening of the Meeting and Welcome Remarks
9:00 - 9:30 AMMain Conference RoomYour Conference. Your Ideas. Icebreaker and welcome to the "Unconference" Conference
9:30 - 10:15 AMMain Conference RoomOpenHIE Conversation: A Brief History of OpenHIE and Goals of the Meeting for the OpenHIE Community
10:15 - 10:45 AMMain Conference RoomOpenHIE in Action - Live Demo
10:45 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break - Networking
11:15 - 12:00 PMMain Conference Room

Exploring approaches to designing interoperable solutions (policy practices; infrastructure investments; peer networking)

 Meeting Room 1Implementers Experience Session
12:00 - 12:15 PM Transition Break
12:15 - 1:00 PMMain Conference RoomLeadership and Governance Session on building interoperable solutions
 Meeting Room 1Technical Session on HL7-FHIR
1:00 - 1:15 PM Group Photo
1:15 - 2:15 PM Lunch and Networking
2:15 - 3:15 PMMain Conference RoomImplementers Experience Session
 Meeting Room 1Interoperability Lab Testing
 Meeting Room 2Developing a national interoperability framework
3:15 - 3:45 Coffee Break and Networking
3:45 - 4:45Main Conference RoomDATIM and OpenHIE
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
4:45 - 5:00 Transition Break
5:00 - 5:30Main Conference RoomWrap up and reflections from the day

Day 2 - “Country-Driven Success”

TimeLocationSession Description
8:00 - 8:30 AMMain Conference RoomOpening and Recap from Day 1
8:30 - 9:30 AMMain Conference RoomHost Country Showcase
9:30 - 9:45 AM Transition Break
9:45 - 10:45Main Conference Room

OpenHIE Implementation Success - Country Story

 Meeting Room 1OpenHIE Interoperability Model - Country Story
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
10: 45 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break and Networking
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMMain Conference RoomOpenHIE Implementation Success - Country Story
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
12:15 - 12:30 PM Transition Break
12:30 - 1:15 PMMain Conference RoomOpenHIE Implementation Success - Country Story
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
1:15 - 2:15 PM Lunch and Networking
2:15 - 3:15 PMMain Conference RoomExperiences Implementing the Health Facility Registry
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
3:15 - 3:45 PM Coffee Break and Networking
3:45 - 4:45 PMMain Conference RoomRoundtable Discussion and Country Experience Sharing
4:45 - 5:15 PMMain Conference RoomWrap up and reflections from the day
Evening Evening Event

 

Day 3 - Innovations breaking new ground in information exchange

TimeLocationSession Description
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Site visits (sign up on Day 1)
8:00 - 8:30 AMMain Conference RoomOpening and Recap from Day 1
8:30 - 9:15 AMMain Conference RoomUniversal Health Coverage and Health Insurance Deep Dive
9:15 - 9:30 AM Transition Break
9:30 - 10:30 AMMain Conference RoomLeadership and Governance Track: East Africa and Digital REACH
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
10:30 - 11:00 AM Coffee Break - Networking
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMMain Conference Room

OpenHIE Communities

 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
12:00 - 12:15 PM Transition Break
12:15 - 1:15 PMMain Conference Room OASIS/HeAL Interoperability Network
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
1:15 - 2:15 PM Lunch and Networking
2:15 - 3:00 PMMain Conference RoomOpenHIE Architecture overview and detail of workflows
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
3:00 - 3:30 PM Coffee Break and Networking
3:30 - 4:15 PMMain Conference RoomAccredited reference implementation software and Standards Compliance and Procedures
 Meeting Room 1"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
 Meeting Room 2"Unconference" Open Session - Topic will be determined by the community
4:15 - 4:30 PM Transition Break
4:30 - 5:00 PMMain Conference RoomClosing

Unconference Session Proposals

Unconferencing lets you (as the attended) set the topics you'd be interested in attending or presenting so please feel free to propose early session topic ideas to be considered and voted for "unconference sessions".

Topic and DescriptionPossible Host / Organisation

Persons Proposing

(so we can follow up with you)

Brief Description of Proposed Session

HIS Interoperability Maturity Model toolkit

MEASURE EvaluationManish Kumar 
How to assess and improve HIS for achieving better health outcomesMEASURE EvaluationManish Kumar 

IHE Connectathon prep

  • What it is and how do I prepare for it

   
Supply Chain   
Architecture review board   
Case Based Reporting theresa cullen 
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics   


Site Visits

As part of the OpenHIE Community Meeting, participants will have the opportunity to visit health facilities in or near Arusha city, to see Electronic Immunization Registry implemented by the BID Initiative that used components of the OpenHIE architecture.  Each site visit will include no more than 10 people, and will include a demonstration of the immunization registry system in operation at the site.  The site visit will also showcase data use strategies that used by the team to build data use culture among frontline health care workers. 

All participants who register to attend the OpenHIE Community Meeting can participate in one site visit at no additional charge.  Participants will sign up for site visits during the first day of the conference.  Site visits will be planned in parallel to the meeting sessions.  Site visits will take place the morning of the third day of the Community Meeting  (Thursday, August 2) and the morning of the first day of the Connect-a-thon (Wednesday, August 3).  It is recommended that participants who are not joining the Connect-a-thon plan to attend a site visit on August 3, the day after the Community Meeting.  It is recommended that participants who are participating in the Connect-a-thon, join site visits on August 2, the third day of the Community Meeting.

Connect-a-thon

The exchange of health system metadata is a critical issue for LMICs to address as they:

  • improve the monitoring of health system performance;

  • strive to meet SDG targets;

  • prioritize interventions to improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes; and

  • provide continuity of care across multiple levels and service providers in the health system.

Meeting these goals is rapidly driving a consensus on best practices and standards for interoperability of digital health tools for use in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Leveraging HL7 FHIR and OpenHIE is foundational.  

Growing requests for accessible, affordable and expanded standards education are emerging from national and regional LMIC health entities in both Asia and Africa.  The Connect-a-thon will provide an opportunity to build local and regional expertise in the use of these data exchange standards by involving the data analysts and developers that know the data and systems in operation on the ground.   In addition, the Connect-a-thon seeks to promote a culture of data use by getting people excited about the potential uses of the data they are already collecting and by crowdsourcing new uses of existing data that will improve the delivery of healthcare.

The Connect-a-thon agenda is forthcoming.

NOTE: The connect-a-thon is free to attend, but expressed interest is required during registration for the conference because space is limited. If you have any questions please contact Jamie Thomas.

Registration

To register for OHIE18, please CLICK HERE. For groups traveling together, please ensure each individual registers using the registration form.

Apply for Scholarship

The inaugural OpenHIE Community meeting will bring together Ministry of Health and Ministry of ICT leaders, experienced OpenHIE community members, developers of related health application software, and anyone new to the OpenHIE community who wants to learn more during a 3 day Community Meeting and 2 day Connect-a-thon. The event will take place at Mount Meru Hotel and Conference Center on July 31 - August 4 in Arusha, Tanzania.

There will be a limited number of scholarships available, providing travel support for participants of this event. Those chosen for a scholarship should be active, motivated members of the OpenHIE Community. Scholarship recipients should be ready to come to the Community meeting, bringing ideas, experiences and lessons learned to share with other participants.

Please complete this form to apply for a Scholarship to the OpenHIE Community Meeting by June 15, 2018. No late applications will be accepted. Recipients of scholarships will be notified by June 30, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

NOTE: A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Social Networking

If you are attending OHIE18 or wish you could but cannot and want to keep in touch with people at the conference. 

Follow us on Twitter!

  • Tweet using the #OHIE18 hashtag.

Traveling to Tanzania

Visas and Invitation Letters:

Information about visas can be found here: http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/visa.html 

Visas are available upon arrival for $100 (US citizens).  

Participants from the following countries must obtain a visa ahead of travel: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

 If you require an invitation letter please contact <XX> as soon as possible. Yellow fever vaccination cards are a prerequisite for your travel to Tanzania.

Vaccinations

For a list of CDC recommended vaccines, visit here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania

Accommodations

Please send your request to reservations@mountmeruhotel.co.tz (addressed to Hawa Simba) and identify yourself as attending a "PATH event". The hotel is able to take a credit card to secure the room and then charge payment when you check in. Please be advised that payment can be through bank transfer or credit card guarantee and rooms without deposit will be cancelled.

    • Shared Room Price: $82/night (per person)
    • Single Room Price: $130/night

 

Other accommodations in the area Kibo Palace Hotel and Four Points Arusha (5 min drive from Mount Meru Hotel and Conference Centre). If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jamal Nassor - jnassor@path.org.

Transport

To coordinate transport for people from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) we will be asking for travel itineraries over the next couple of months via email. If you have already booked your travel please share you itinerary with Jamal Nassor - jnassor@path.org

Event Sponsorships

Coming Soon!

Please contact ohie-implementers@googlegroups.com for more information.

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