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2019 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

November 4-8, 2019 (OpenHIE Academy will run concurrent with event, details to follow)

Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa


OHIE19 Sponsors

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

Coordination is being led by the OpenHIE Community including John Snow Inc (JSI), Mekelle University, IntraHealth and Regenstrief Institute.

About Event

OpenHIE Community Meetings provide an opportunity for government officials, implementers, and tech developers to come together to connect and learn from each others shared experiences. This years meeting is being held in Ethiopia and has a theme around improving data use for decision making. The agenda will feature several tracks, including those specifically geared towards those new to OpenHIE, government leaders, and implementers. Additional tracks for developers will also be included to connect the community meeting with the Hackonnect-a-thon scheduled for the last day of the event. In additional to these pre-arranged sessions, the agenda will have several open “unconference” sessions where community members will propose presentations on topics relevant to their OpenHIE implementations.

OpenHIE events offer self-directed peer learning opportunities for everyone. Here are some of the exciting highlights!

  • This is the first year for offering OpenHIE Academy courses providing a space for those unfamiliar with the OpenHIE Community, its conventions, and the benefits of data exchange.  The goal of the Academy is for participants to leave with a strong working understanding of these topics.
  • Country leadership has ample opportunity to present their experiences planning and implementing HIE architecture.
  • Community leaders will share what OpenHIE has planned for the community and what the community can do for you.
  • Implementers will have space to network with technical members of the community and work on technical solutions as well as proposing topics for participants to take a deeper dive into collaboratively.

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Resource Links for Planning

2018 OpenHIE Community Meeting - Planning page for last years community meeting gin Tanzania.

OpenHIE Interoperability Academy -- Sample Program - A strawman developed by OpenHIE leadership to help and promote better educational content for community and stakeholders.

2019 Meeting Agenda - Agenda for the meeting that will be edited in real-time during the event.


  • Opportunity for implementers to collaborate and improve their knowledge of OpenHIE
  • Share user stories
  • Propose new priorities
  • Learn from each other about approaches to designing interoperable solutions
  • Learn about governance frameworks that have been applied for health system information exchange

Who Should Attend & Why

  • Ministry of Health and ICT Leaders who want to learn more about the governance structures around information exchange, architectures and data standards
  • Experienced OpenHIE community members and ICT implementers who want to share their experiences and learn from others
  • Developers of related health and healthcare application software who want to learn more about standards and system interoperability
  • Anyone new to the OpenHIE community who wants to connect with others interested in health information exchange
  • Anyone interested in learning about the community, health information architecture, deployment and maintenance of OpenHIE solutions

Conference Schedule

The theme for this years 2019 Community Meeting is data for decision making. The global public health community is driving interoperability in a rapidly changing context, including calls for sustainable universal health coverage (UHC), shifting burdens of disease from communicable to non-communicable diseases, and accelerating HIV/AIDS epidemic control. The objectives are to drive easier and safe data use in software products and interoperability workflows. All sessions at the Community Meeting are meant to be interactive, informative sessions to share best practices and lessons learnt.

Session Types

Conference: These sessions are chosen by the organizers to highlight OpenHIE goals and achievements.  Tracks include; Data Exchange, Implementation Experiences, Leadership & Governance

Unconference: Community-defined topics that are chosen at the conference venue. This is crowd-sourcing to meet evolving the needs of attendees

Academy: These sessions have defined learning objectives and end with a short quiz on the concepts. Attending several academy sessions results in a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Product Demos: Solutions that align with the OpenHIE Architecture will be on display for attendees to explore.

Coding Club: Participants can reserve a space to code with like minded colleagues

"Unconference" Session Details

The OpenHIE Community meeting agenda will have some preset sessions, much like you see at other conferences.  But the agenda also has some “Unconference” sessions in which participants determine the agenda.  At the OpenHIE Community Meeting, we want to be sure Community Members get what they need from the conference, so the flexible agenda will enable time and space for important discussions to occur. This innovative approach of “Unconferencing” has been applied at conferences in the technology sector (i.e. Google, OpenMRS) and has been very well received as an approach to customize a conference to meet the peer-to-peer learning goals of participants.

One the first day of the OpenHIE meeting, we will have an interactive session where participants can propose sessions they would like to see added to the agenda. Couple of principles behind unconference...

  • Whoever comes is the right person.  You should go to whatever topic is of interest to you and if you start out in one room and move to another that is fine. 
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.  Its the moment that surprise us that we grow so embrace the unexpected.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.  Make sure people have made it into the room as creativity doesn't have a clock so whenever it really "starts" will be the right time.
  • When it's over, it's over.  Just because a session is scheduled for 30-60 min doesn't mean that we need to take the entire time, especially if we are done talking about what we came to talk about. 
  • When it's not over, it's not over. If a conversation isn't finished thats fine. There will be other opportunities to connect at the meeting and after the fact during community calls.

Some Community Members are already proposing sessions using the wiki page table below, seeding ideas that are important ahead of the Community Meeting.  During the interactive session, we’ll compile a list of all the sessions proposed and participants will vote on their top choices.  Those with the most votes will be added to the “Unconference” sessions in the agenda of the meeting before the end of the first day. Please check https:// for updates to the agenda.

As mentioned above we are taking suggestions for proposed sessions ahead of the Community meeting so please share topics you want to hear about below to help with this process.

The conference agenda is currently under construction, stay tuned here for more information.

Propose Conference Topics

Conference Session Proposals

Members of the community have asked to bring up proposed session topics prior to the #OHIE19 event. We encourage community members to add topics they would like to hear about to the table below and then for people to vote on topics they see in the list that they would like to hear about, you must have or create an OpenHIE login to "add Entry" to the table or vote.

Note all proposed topics are suggestions meant to help with #OHIE19 event planning and are not guaranteed.

Topic Brief Description of Proposed Session

Person Proposing Topic

(Person is not necessarily the presenter but noted so we can follow up with them if needed)

Proposed Facilitator/ Speaker Result Voters
Client registry, and advanced techniques for record linkage, and incorporating biometric identifiers The client registry is an essential component of an HIE supporting functions for record linkage and care coordination. Key aspects for discussion include support for multiple identification methods, handling of privacy/security/confidentiality, developing a reference implementation. Tools for human adjudicated identity reconciliation. 18 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Boniface Sebikali , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Gordon Cressman , James Kariuki , Jan Flowers , Jennifer E Shivers , Luke Duncan , Nathan McEachen , Richard Stanley , Vikas Dwivedi , Wayan
Patient Matching IDing patients, need for sharing patient details vs. confidentiality Ethiopia MoH
16 Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Carl Fourie , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Derek Treatman , Eric-Jan Manders , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Gordon Cressman , Luke Duncan , Nathan McEachen , Richard Stanley , Vladimer Shioshvili , Wayan
Aligning HIS to Epidemic Control  As countries approach HIV Epidemic Control and move towards the 95.95.95 objectives, their data needs vary depending on specific programmatic objectives. More and more, we see increasing needs for patient-level data to monitor patients through the treatment cascade. Single sourced data from Electronic Medical Records have also proven to be incomplete to tell the bigger picture. Data from service delivery systems, such as laboratory and logistics, are becoming essential to increase retention and tell a more complete story of a country’s HIV response. Data exchange and interoperability is now a required capability in our HIS eco-system. The data needs are changing both in variety and velocity. We are moving towards close-to real-time availability of patient-level as well as aggregate data to increase effectiveness as well as determine early course corrections and interventions.  The indicators needed are also becoming more and more local and temporary to focus on specific programmatic activities. The analytics and visuals expected also require more predictive and prescriptive approaches using machine learning and advances in visualization. In general, we are now in a new era where data is integrated from multiple-systems; indicators are local and temporary, and our analytics needs are moving predictive beyond the diagnostic paradigm. Nega Gebreyesus 15 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Gérard Bisama , Gordon Cressman , Jamie Thomas , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley , Scott Teesdale , Vladimer Shioshvili , Wayan
National health data dictionary design and maturity roadmap
Jonathan Payne
15 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Carl Fourie , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Emily Nicholson , Jan Flowers , Josh Zamor , Luke Duncan , Jonathan Payne , Richard Stanley , Wayan
Instant OpenHIE What is it? How will it help me? What's the MVP and the timeline?
15 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Carl Fourie , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Emily Nicholson , Jan Flowers , Josh Zamor , Luke Duncan , Jonathan Payne , Richard Stanley , Wayan
Playing with FHIR Relationship between FHIR and OpenHIE. How does it work into workflows, standards and profiles. Implementers share where and why they have used it. 

Carl Fourie

Christina White

Carl Fourie (panel: Shaun Grannis Jennifer E Shivers Carl LeitnerChristina White and implementing partners with FHIR experience)

13 Ally Shaban , Carl Fourie , Dana Acciavatti , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Emily Nicholson , Gordon Cressman , Ian Manyama , Jan Flowers , Jennifer E Shivers , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley , Vikas Dwivedi , Vladimer Shioshvili
Record Locator Service OpenHIE's current architecture presumes a single identity. That assumption may be true for many HIE's, but there are instances where you may see multiple organizations wanting to matain their own client registry (CR) or master patient index (MPI). Sometimes different CR have different subsets of the population in them. As the world gets more advanced we'll have to address the issue. In US we often have to link different CR's across different HIE's. Host a discussion around this idea and get peoples reaction. Is this a real need for countries? Is this something countries are thinking about? 13 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Carl Fourie , Caitlin Loehr , David D. Potenziani , Eric-Jan Manders , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Luke Duncan , Nathan McEachen , Richard Stanley , Wayan
Facility Matching using GOFR as a Core Component of Interoperability - Liberia and PEPFAR/MOH Alignment Use Cases

12 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Boniface Sebikali , Caitlin Loehr , Dana Acciavatti , David D. Potenziani , Gérard Bisama , Gordon Cressman , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley , Wayan
OpenHIE v.2 (FHIR) Conformance-testing

Our new v.2 of the OpenHIE architecture is focused on leveraging the emerging HL7 FHIR standard (OpenHIE v.FHIR).

  • How will we conformance-test OpenHIE workflows that are expressed using the FHIR standard?
  • What will be the impacts of FHIR's architectural behaviour; it behaves differently from the underlying specifications we relied upon for OpenHIE v1? What are some of the ways our architectural patterns might need to evolve?
  • Which strategies should we favour as we work to translate "normative" workflow descriptions into automated-testing platforms?
  • How can such platforms be leveraged by country partners to conformance-test indigenous digital health solutions in support of national interoperability initiatives?

Derek Ritz

Ryan Crichton

Daniel Futerman

Richard Stanley

Carl Fourie

11 Amy Finnegan , Boniface Sebikali , Carl Fourie , David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Emily Nicholson , Jan Flowers , Luke Duncan , Nathan McEachen , Richard Stanley , Vladimer Shioshvili
OpenHIE for transmitting lab data
Christina White
11 Amy Finnegan , Ally Shaban , Brian Lamb , Caitlin Loehr , David D. Potenziani , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Jan Flowers , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley , Wayan
OpenHIE and Lab interoperabiltiy
Christina White
10 Amy Finnegan , Brian Lamb , Caitlin Loehr , David D. Potenziani , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Jan Flowers , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley , Wayan
From Zero to mHero: Enhancing mHero for Greater Interoperability and National Scale This session will involve a discussion of ways to enhance mHero with the FHIR standard, improve its interoperability with health information systems, and increase ease of deployment at national scale. 9 Amy Finnegan , Brian Lamb , Carl Fourie , Caitlin Loehr , David D. Potenziani , Emily Nicholson , Gérard Bisama , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley
Setting terminology, exchange, and security standards for electronic disease surveillance for the African region

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was established in 2017 with authorities to harmonize disease control and prevention policies and surveillance systems and set standards for surveillance in Africa.  Africa CDC embarked on an environmental scan to understand the extent of electronic information systems and technology in use for surveillance and the underlying information policies and standards that enable interoperability and continental data sharing and protection in Africa. Africa CDC also examined globally-available and relevant frameworks for electronic public health data exchange and standards organizations and communities of practice that can be leveraged to set terminology, exchange, and security standards for electronic disease surveillance for the African region. 

Africa CDC will present its findings to gather input and discuss next steps including establishment of Africa CDC Task Force for this purpose with the public health and informatics community at the OpenHIE Conference.

Ahmed Zaghloul, Terence R. Zagar, Steven Yoon ,Tadesse Wuhib, Jay K. Varma

8 Caroline Macumber , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Gordon Cressman , James Kariuki , Jonathan Payne , Richard Stanley , Scott Teesdale , Tadesse Wuhib
Geospatial Interoperability How to exchange geospatial information between different tools, and how to deal with structures and locations that don't fit into a facility registry or administrative hierarchy. Lessons learned from Digital Solutions for Malaria Elimination 8 Craig Appl , Carl Fourie , Derek Treatman , Liz Grubin , Nathan McEachen , Pierre Dane , Scott Teesdale , Vladimer Shioshvili
Evaluation of HIE implementations

HIE implementation needs an evaluation framework and evaluation activities for existing implementations. Future donor funding will depend on demonstrating value from the implementation of a health information exchange. This session will focus on several questions including:

  • How do we know or will we know that HIE is working and meeting the intended goals?
  • How do we continuously improve HIE processes and capabilities?
  • Are we getting the value of HIE implemented?
  • What is the cost of implementing HIE?
7 Eric-Jan Manders , James Kariuki , Jan Flowers , Jamie Thomas , Luke Duncan , Rita Sembajwe , Vikas Dwivedi
New OpenHIE Subcommunity around Laboratory Information System

Community input for defining the priorities of an effective, representative and sustainable Laboratory Information System community of practice.

7 Martin Osumba , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Gordon Cressman , Jan Flowers , Jamie Thomas , Rita Sembajwe , Richard Stanley
OpenHIE "connection points" to other domains (e.g. SCM, health insurance)

Over the last year, the OpenHIE community of communities has grown to include complementary domains that operationalize key health system building blocks like supply chain, and health insurance. This session would look at:

  • How (and where) do we establish the boundary of the HIE; how do we ring-fence the transaction sets that are part of health information exchange vs. those transactions that belong to a complementary domain?
  • What content and coding standards do the HIE transactions need to abide in order to be able to "feed" complementary transactions? (e.g. what needs to be in place so that a child immunization transaction in the HIE can be turned into a vaccine consumption transaction in the SCM system?)
  • Who exerts governance over these "cross-over" transactions... and what models might we explore regarding "shared governance"?

*NOTE... this high-level topic is related to other deep-dive topics already proposed

Craig Appl ?

Josh Zamor ?

Uwe Washer?

7 Caitlin Loehr , Caroline Macumber , David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Luke Duncan , Jonathan Payne , Richard Stanley
Case-based Surveillance

Case surveillance requires creation of patient-level longitudinal case records for a series of sentinel events by integrating data from multiple sources to measure and monitor incidence, progression and outcome of a disease. Meeting this goal enables MOHs and funding agencies to institute sustainable and cost-effective system to monitor trends of diseases, characterize affected populations, identify persons in need of care and treatment, and determine viral suppression and mortality over time and place and in subpopulations in order to assess public health impact, identify prevention strategies, and guide allocation of resources.

There is significant potential in leveraging health services delivery data for population health analytics, including case surveillance. As computerized health information systems are introduced across the health sector, population health data can be derived from health services data without separate, and thus resource intensive, data collection tasks. Establishing a health information exchange based on an interoperability architecture further enables leveraging linked records.

The 2018 OpenHIE meeting session on case surveillance explored the implementation of HIV case surveillance as a use case to establish the minimum functionality needed in an HIE, and examples of several countries in planning stages of implementing HIV case surveillance from clinical information systems. For 2019, we will share progress and lessons learned from a demonstration implementation and updates from country activities who have HIV case surveillance in operation, and are in different stages of adopting HIE technologies.
James Kariuki  Eric-Jan Manders  6 Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Eric-Jan Manders , Emily Nicholson , James Kariuki , Richard Stanley , Vladimer Shioshvili
Foundation for an facility registry community roadmap

In an effort to establish a set of priorities for a FR community roadmap, a brainstorming session will be held to gather input on:

  • Support for FR development and implementation 

  • FR reference tools/applications 

  • Leveraging country specific solutions

  • Emerging issues

"unconference session"

6 Martin Osumba , Emily Nicholson , Gordon Cressman , Pierre Dane , Rita Sembajwe , Scott Teesdale
Digital health "business case" development (CEA and CUA models that calculate DALYs-per-DOLLAR)

It can be challenging to make a business case for investments in digital health. In a low-resource environment, when should a Ministry of Health spend money on national digital health infrastructure instead of drilling more water wells or hiring more nurses?

To answer these sometimes awkward (and inconvenient) questions, we need to be able to develop cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses (CEA and CUA, respectively). This session will introduce a spreadsheet-based tool that was workshopped at the 2017 AeHIN General Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. It will describe econometric approaches that can be employed to show where and when digital health is the "right investment" for a health minister.

Derek Ritz (ecGroup) 4 David D. Potenziani , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Emily Nicholson , Richard Stanley

Using Patient Data for Indicator Reporting

Secondary uses of patient-level data are critical for dynamically implementing programmatic and policy changes. Using a proposed global health data exchange standard, priority indicators can be created accurately, safely, reproducibly, and flexibly from transactional data. This session engages with the methodology, approaches to privacy and safety, and implementation best practices to create aggregate indicators for indicator reporting using patient-level data using proposed data exchange standards. 4 Caroline Macumber , Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Luke Duncan , Richard Stanley
Hacking FHIR Activities and Tasks: How to use FHIR resources in creative ways How OpenSRP has implemented a generic tasking framework using FHIR resources in creative ways Pierre Dane 4 Liz Grubin , Nathan McEachen , Pierre Dane , Richard Stanley

Universal Health Coverage

What is the role of information architecture, standards and exchanges Ethiopia JSI
3 Carl Fourie , Jamie Thomas , Vikas Dwivedi

Ethiopia Electronic Health Architecture and Interoperability

Share Ethiopia's eHealth architecture with participants

Plenary Session 

Mekelle University Ethiopia MoH / Data Use Partnership 3 Dana Acciavatti , Jamie Thomas , Richard Stanley
Implementation of HIE: Country Experiences What challenges did countries have? How did they overcome those challenges? What are the countries future plans?
3 Derek Treatman , James Kariuki , Jamie Thomas
Implementing a national Terminology Service: The case of Ethiopia
Kondwani Kuthyola
3 Caroline Macumber , Jonathan Payne , Richard Stanley
Information Exchange for Improving Health Outcomes
  • This session will include “how to” example and lessons from health system on developing HIE frameworks, value propositions, where to start, tools and lessons learnt

  • Universal health coverage, patient centered care, etc

  • “Un-conference session”

2 Carl Fourie , Vikas Dwivedi
Supply Chain Overview Get a peak into the Supply Chain subcommunity gain a better understanding of how they got set up as sub community, whats been happing, point to resources and the future.
2 Ian Manyama , Richard Stanley
Planning for Performance and Scaling HIE

2 Carl Fourie , Derek Ritz (ecGroup)
HIE Governance, finance, data sharing, regulatory and legal
  • Governance models, frameworks and best practices

  • Things to plan for robust regulatory and legal framework

  • Client ID systems

  • At-scale implementation strategies

  • “Un-conference session”

2 Carl Fourie , Vikas Dwivedi
Data Sharing Policy and Standardization
Ethiopia JSI
2 Richard Stanley , Vikas Dwivedi

OpenHIE Specification

What it is an how to navigate it
2 Carl Fourie , Luke Duncan
Biometrcial Identification of beneficiaries

Mouhamed Mahi SY
2 Richard Stanley , Wayan
Computable Guidelines Discussion of feasibility of adoption WHO Computable Guidelines built on CQL and HL7 FHIR resources for improved accuracy of guideline adoption.  Garrett Mehl, Nat RatanaprayulCarl Leitner 2 Derek Ritz (ecGroup) , Richard Stanley

Strategies to Implementation

1 Carl Fourie
Monitoring and Measuring: UHC, quality of service, equity
Ethiopia MoH
1 Carl Fourie

Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

  • Existing frameworks and experience in measuring information exchange performance

  • Learning models

  • “Un-conference session”

1 Vikas Dwivedi
Building Enterprise Architecture Models for effective Information exchange Here more on the Health Enterprise Architecture . How is the best way to develop EA.
1 Richard Stanley
OpenHIM, Health facility registry, and terminology services

1 Richard Stanley
Integration of Health IT infrastructure with other elements of eGovernment In particular address governance , IT security around unique patient IDs How to make and leverage APIs for a governance and technical perspective?  

I am currently working on EA for country of Bhutan which has an advanced Government-to-Citizen infrastructure. I'd be happy to propose and illustrate this example to kick-off discussions .

1 Richard Stanley
Ineraction between UHC Information system and Hospital Information System

Mouhamed Mahi SY
1 Richard Stanley
OpenHIM Training Have little training and would like to receive more. Potential Hackonnecthon topic? Mensur Dino 1 Richard Stanley

What practical arrangements in countries to implement national strategies for e-health?

G. Aude-Elvis ODELOUI

Eunice PEDRO

1 Rita Sembajwe
What approaches to solutions for setting standards and interoperability standards for information systems?

G. Aude-Elvis ODELOUI

Eunice PEDRO

1 Jennifer E Shivers
How easy is data reporting, visualization and use for fast decision making?

G. Aude-Elvis ODELOUI

Eunice PEDRO

1 Richard Stanley
What technologies could facilitate connectivity and rapid data exchange within health systems?

G. Aude-Elvis ODELOUI

Eunice PEDRO

1 Richard Stanley
Using OpenHIE in a consolidated national data warehouse
Casey liams-Hauser
1 Richard Stanley
Bahmni-OpenIMIS integration and OpenHIE

1 Richard Stanley
Building on top of a Shared Health Record: open source tools for visualising patient level data
Kondwani Kuthyola
1 Rita Sembajwe
openIMIS product presentation openIMIS: History, Initiative, Features, Roadmap

Uwe Washer
1 Richard Stanley
opeIMIS Hackonnect-a-thon presentation openIMIS: Peers, supported FHIR resources Uwe Washer
1 Richard Stanley
DHIS2 Integration with other EMRs and MFL
Stephen Ocaya
1 Richard Stanley

How to Better Collaborate with OpenHIE


Country Experiences

  • Architecture

  • Lessons learned


Implementer Experiences

  • Implementer’s experience with data exchanges

  • “Un-conference session"

Mobile Apps 
Mouhamed Mahi SY
Mobile payement

Mouhamed Mahi SY
Datawhare house of insurance schemes

Mouhamed Mahi SY

Centralize different lab systems
Minen Mohammed
Relationship between enterprise architecture and interoperability layer


There should be sessions to clarify differences and functions between Interoperability, connecting systems, systems communication, data triangulation and OpenHIE. Emmanuel Manzi
Building a national Shared Health Record: What do we need to know?
Kondwani Kuthyola

Note Taking

While we plan to have assigned note takers for Community Meeting sessions we do strongly encourage those having ad hoc meetings to take virtual / collaborative notes and post them to this wiki page. Below are instruction on how to create an OpenHIE community ether pad and a table to keep your notes so you can easily find them later.

  1. Go to
  2. Type in "YYYY-MM-DD Topic Title"
  3. Hit "OK" and ether pad will create the page for you
  4. Ad the Topic and URL in the table below




Architecture F2F MeetingSunday, Nov 3rd


As a product of last years meeting OpenHIE is holding its first ever OpenHIE Academy. OpenHIE Academy courses include “up and running” and “advanced” courses. “Up and Running” courses have no prerequisites and are for all audiences, these courses will take place on Monday, 4 November. They provide participants with the essential history, concepts, and competencies to understand the role of OpenHIE as a health information exchange and how to utilize the architecture to enhance data for decision making at all levels of the health system. “Advanced” courses will be offered during general meeting days and on the last day of the conference, also know as Hackonnect-a-thon.

There will be no extra charge for OpenHIE Academy participation but space is limited so please make sure to indicate at registration if you plan to attend.

The OpenHIE Academy agenda is currently under construction, stay tuned here for more information.


On Friday, 8 November OpenHIE will host a merger of two exciting types of meetings, what OpenHIE calls a Hackonnect-a-thon. This is a technical space for software teams and architects to engage and get their “hands-in” or “on” OpenHIE itself and see it materialised. Combining the principles of a connectathon and a hackathon we are excited to provide a space for teams to connect their existing tools to OpenHIE workflows and use-cases as well as give the community an opportunity to propose low hanging fruit use cases for the groups to work on. Recognising that many attendees may be new to OpenHIE there is no better way than actively engaging in designing, developing, configuring, implementing and connecting to an OpenHIE architecture to learn the fundamentals and build the relationships that you will need going forward.

There will be no extra charge for OpenHIE Hackonnect-a-thon participation but space is limited so please make sure to indicate at registration if you plan to attend.

The OpenHIE Hackonnect-a-thon agenda is currently under construction, stay tuned here for more information.

Side Meetings 

Some working groups have identified this event as a good opportunity to meet face-to-face and so below we have provided a space for groups to identify themselves so others may be aware and/or participate. Please provide a couple sentences describing around your event below. *Note this does not guarantee your group meeting space during the event.

On-site Concurrent / Before or After Meetings

Meeting TypeDescriptionDate/TimeContact
Architecture Face-to-Face

Aligning OHIE Architecture Leads and establish a way forward:

  • Refine shared understanding and common goals for the OpenHIE Architecture & Standards community

  • Determine how to best support country needs  in moving forward

Sunday, November 3 from 12-5pm EAT (will want to look at flight arrival times)
OpenIMIS Developers Meeting
TBDUwe Wahser

Applying for Scholarship

The 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, Academy course and/or Hackonnect-athon. The event will take place at the Addis Ababa Hyatt Regency in Ethiopia 4-8 November 2019, find more details around sessions and the agenda at

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 30 August 2019.  No late applications will be accepted.  Recipients of scholarships will be notified by 16 September 2019.



There is an online visa application and approval process for entry to Ethiopia - If you need an invitation letter please make sure to indicate this at registration. You will then receive the letter via email 24-48 hours after you complete and pay for your registration. Please note that refunds due to being denied a visa will only be honored if OpenHIE is notified of the denial no later than two weeks prior to the event start date. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Benti Ejeta -


CDC recommendations -


The #OHIE19 planning team will help will transport to and from the airport to your hotel. To coordinate transport for people from and to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) 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 Benti Ejeta -


To get the room rates indicated below at the Addis Ababa Hyatt Regency please book rooms at this special event link - CLICK HERE

RoomSingle Rate (USD)Double Rate (USD)
1 King Bed170.00190.00
1 King Bed Deluxe City View220.00240.00
1 King Bed Deluxe Courtyard View230.00250.00
2 Twin Beds170.00190.00

Other accommodations in the area Marriott Executive Apartments (1 min walk from Hyatt Regency). If you have any questions or concerns please contact Melat Argaw -

Event Sponsorship

How can you help support OpenHIE events?

    • Cash (logo placement, keynote)

    • Pay for line item (logo placement)

    • Pay for participation for individuals (at organizations discretion) or scholarships

If you are interested in assisting with the 2019 OpenHIE Community Meeting or future events please email 

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