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What did we expect to happen? 

  • Hold an OHIE community meeting and hackathon
  • Emergence of new sub communities
  • New countries consolidating around OHIE architecture
  • More practically tangible examples of OHIE architecture being implemented in countries
  • More update and discussion on adoption of FHIR
  • Identify our next host country for the 2019 OHIE Community Meeting
  • Early implementers of OHIE emerge as leaders
  • F2F architecture discussion / meeting
  • More workshops and trainings for newbies to get involved with technology
  • Hold a really good inaugural OpenHIE Community Meeting
  • More practical use cases for how to implement each component in ways that were connected to what we're showing as valuable data use
  • OpenHIE coming up in proposals / requests from donors
  • More concrete examples of implementations, especially for facility registry
  • More implementation driven use cases to gives us the space to explore these
  • Delineation between architecture vs. various products used to realize architecture

What happened? 

  • 2018 was a good year
  • Hosted our first (successful) community meeting and use what we learned from that to build on planning for future meetings
  • Hackathon evolved into the hack-connecta-learn-a-thon
  • As a community we started to pull together slide decks and other materials to be used for business development, etc. 
  • More implementation of components but less of the actual exchange of information between those component systems. No countries are showing off integrations of components as a shining example.
  • Made progress but OHIE Architecture and description of components conflated with products.
  • Strong leadership and progress from UHC and Supply Chain sub communities.
  • Significant representation of OpenHIE on RFPs for international donors
  • Still a lot of confusion to external implementers how they get support and what the value is to them as implementers
  • Countries presented their architecture and OHIE components used to create architecture.
  • Successful OHIE Community Meeting
  • Surprised to see so much interest in TS community, need to turn into increased engagement.
  • Created brief framing of some of the groups work to be able to support practical work / projects more tangibly. 
  • Saw an ok level of participation of people interested in geographical aspects of OHIE. We didn't have great country-level engagement. We should connect better with those people and figure out what they need.

What do we want for 2019?

Architecture & Standards


    Better Document Workflows - having a clear, viable process in place to ensure that workflows are updated on a regular basis (ie, FHIR-izing, updates based upon use, etc)

  •  Proactive Use Case Outreach - community needs to build capacity to harvest workflows/changes and lessons from implementation examples instead of waiting for those projects to approach us. 

    F2F Architecture Meeting -  reserve time for an F2F Architecture discussion

Community Growth

  •  Benefits and Engagement - there seems to be a dichotomy that all of our experiences are that countries are centering around OHIE model for architecture. Others who are trying to implement don't understand value proposition of community and how to engage with it. We've been successful in awareness but haven't fully gotten around the benefits of the community. We should put energy into highlighting and including explicit language on our web presence.
  •  Improving Community Meeting and Outputs - as we have future events / academies we should have a meeting output about that.
  •  Look / Share Proposals - expose proposals that talk about OHIE more so we're aware of what's out there. As people see those, we need to make sure we're aware of those opportunities.
  •  Country Check-ins - engaging countries and identifying work to assist in the creation of integrated health systems - qualifying barriers and sharing experience on how to overcome
  •   Case Studies - empowering countries to help share their stories and lessons learned - case studies maybe
  •  Virtual Community Engagement - need to explore alternatives to phone calls and mailing lists as a way of regularly engaging our community members.
  •  Country Recognition - recognize countries for work towards implementing OpenHIE. We're not highlighting successful country-led implementation (e.g., conferences)  and I've seen awards programs used to highlight work and encourage others


  •  Practical Applications from Countries - Host OpenHIE meeting and demonstrate the benefits of OHIE through practical applications that can be highlighted by countries who have done it.
  •  Benefits and Engagement Materials - speaking to a few MoH staff in-country, they can see the benefit but they're not sure how to sell to the decision makers. Empower the community to be able to sell OHIE to the ones who make decisions.
  •  non-English Speaking Outreach - members of our community speak languages other than English.  We need to find ways to practically engage members from other countries with predominantly non-English dialects.