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An Shared Health Record (SHR) hold a subset of a patients health record in order to facilitate sharing of this information between disparate health information systems. This page hold the documentation produced by the Shared Health Record Community group under the OpenHIE project.

For more details about our call that are held twice a month, see: Shared Health Record Community Call

Call topics and points for discussion are managed at:

Process Overview

As a part of the RHEA project, an HIE has been developed for maternal health in Rwanda. For more information about this implementation see this link. During this implementation, a Shared Health Record (SHR) based on OpenMRS ( was developed. It is expected to work for the pilot implementation of the RHEA project, which is planned to run in a single district of Rwanda; however, it is not known whether this instance and the technology used will scale to a national level.

As a part of the OpenHIE project, this community is tasked with reviewing and evaluating the question of what makes a good SHR going into the future, and seeks to determine what technologies would be suitable for an SHR in OpenHIE. The end goal is to provide a recommendation of whether we should use/modify an existing technology or built something ourselves.

SHR Evaluation Methodology

This section shows the methodology for going through the process of evaluating options for a Shared Health Record. As we work on each of these items, links will be added to the relevant documentation that shows the current active work regarding that item. The status of items being working on is displayed in brackets next to them. See this link for the original legacy google doc.

  1. Document use cases and requirements for a Shared Health Record

    1. Status: Initial version completed, currently out for review
    2. Working Document(s):What is a Shared Health Record?
    3. Deadline(s):
      1. 7th May 2013 - Complete community discussions
      2. 21th May 2013 - Complete community document review, release version 1
  2. Performance test the current OpenMRS SHR used in RHEA

    1. Status: Completed, needs to be discussed with community
    2. Working Document(s):
      1. Performance evaluation of OpenMRS
      2. Estimated load figure for a Rwandan national deployment
    3. Deadline(s): none
  3. Create a tool to evaluate Shared Health Record software that is closely linked to the requirements

    1. Status: On-going, updated as requirements change
    2. Working Document(s):Shared Health Record Evaluation Tool
    3. Deadline(s): 24th May 2013 - Complete community review, release version 1
  4. Compile a list of software that could be used as a Shared Health Record

    1. Status: Not started but, some basic technologies are know
    2. Working Document(s):
    3. Deadline(s): 31th May 2013 - Finalise list
  5. Evaluate list software options using the evaluation tool

    1. Status: Not started
    2. Working Document(s):
    3. Deadline(s): 14th June 2013
  6. Write up results of the evaluation and come to consensus on a recommended way forward (ie. Use/modify an existing tool or build from scratch)

    1. Status: Not started
    2. Working Document(s):
    3. Deadline(s): 30th June 2013
  7. (if we need to build or modify) Create design specifications

    1. Status: Initial ideas have emerged
    2. Working Document(s):
      1. Research various standards for clinical data (HL7v2; CDA - Antepartum Summary, - EDR)
      2. Compilation of design options
        1. Initial Designs
        2. SHR Design Sketch's from Justin's visit to Jembi
          1. Design Session SHR
          2. OpenMRS Data Model
          3. OpenSHR Scalability Discussion
        3. Design Specification
    3. Deadline(s): 

Facets of an SHR


Clinical Decision Support


See the Legacy Discussion Doc for various comments and discussions related to the OpenSHR

OpenSHR Indy Meeting Feb 2013 Outcomes

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