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Exchanging health information is difficult. Security and privacy are paramount. There are many potential components and use cases. Many implementers need or start with HIEs for one project or a narrow national use case, then face the challenge of scaling up and out into new areas. 

The Instant OpenHIE project aims to reduce the costs and skills required for software developers to deploy an OpenHIE architecture for quicker initial solution testing and as a starting point for faster production implementation and customization. Instant OpenHIE will be a simple way for technical persons to install and see a complex system working against a real-world use case. It will allow technical persons to illustrate how interoperability can work to solve health challenges and show how a national interoperability architecture could be created with open-source software and standards.

Partnerships especially with regard to security, privacy, and standards-testing are critical, including future coordination with IHE and other entities to ensure alignment and to follow best practices of the leading institutions and prevent duplication.

Vision

At maturity, Instant OpenHIE activities will provide portable, launchable versions of multiple OpenHIE components to facilitate:

  1. Demonstrable reference products -- those that align with the OpenHIE Community's vision for low resource contexts
  2. Rapid software development of mediators and point-of-service systems by making it possible to launch several applications easily so the developer can focus on their task
  3. Reproducible, version-controlled infrastructure for user-contributed tests of the OpenHIE Architecture profiles, workflows, and use cases.
  4. Production-ready containers and orchestratable components that are deployable in any context.

The first phase of activities addresses items 1-2 while production-ready deployments and infrastructure for testing will be built incrementally upon the innovations and lessons learnt from the efforts of the earlier phase. 

Deploying and managing private health information on patients and providers is among the most sensitive of any data. It is critical to ensure security and privacy, backups and data recovery, authentication, authorization and other enterprise standards. At maturity, Instant OpenHIE would provide production-ready containers and some orchestration assets, such as Kubernetes manifests, but these would be borrowed from Instant OpenHIE and still managed by implementers, who are responsible for databases, upgrades, privacy, security, backups and recovery, authentication, authorization, and other production-ready concerns. Instant OpenHIE would be a way for implementers to develop their tooling around the OpenHIE Architecture and the versions of it, rather than as a substitute for enterprise HIS implementation, support and management.

Roadmap

The first phase focuses on

  • Consultations with the relevant communities on profiles, use cases, and workflows, including with the OpenHIE Architecture Community and DevOps Community.
  • Capturing the community feedback into an Instant OpenHIE Technical Design document for sharing. The Technical Design document is the entry point for understanding how to get started and make use of the stack as well as contribute to it and its future.
  • The initial efforts at creating a core prototypical health information exchange using open standards and open source software to help developers add interoperability to your own products.

Project Team

Digital Square

Jembi Health Systems

IntraHealth International

Engaging with Us

Please join us in the OpenHIE DevOps Community https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ohie-devops

or, in the OpenHIE Architecture Community https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ohie-architecture

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