Within the OpenHIE project there are two major functions that a Shared Health Record should perform:

  1. The SHR should receive and store clinical documents for patients and respond to queries to retrieve a patients clinical documents.
  2. The SHR should be able to respond to queries for existing data about a patient that was received from the clinical documents.

Standards and Workflows

A core principle of the OpenHIE architecture is to allow the various infrastructure services (such as the SHR) to be interchangeable. Thus, the SHR must support some standard interfaces such that different implementation that are developed can be swapped in as needed. Various standards have been evaluated and the SHR community has decided that the core standards that an OpenHIE SHR must support are as follows:

The context in which an SHR should use the above standard profiles is described in the OpenHIE workflows that an SHR is required to support. Each of these workflows describes a particular interaction that an SHR must support.


In addition to the above an SHR should closely match the requirements defined by OpenHIE as can be found here.


Scales to millions of patients: Client registries are increasingly expected to support unique at edification of large patient populations. The CR design must support efficient operation (sub-second response time to identity queries) when managing millions of patients.

Support of OpenHIE Non-functional Requirements 

An OpenHIE component should consider the following OpenHIE Non-Functional Requirements - Draft

Additional levels of support

The above forms the base standards that an OpenHIE SHR must support. A number of those standards contain many different profiles that a SHR implementation may choose to support for a variety of use cases. OpenHIE SHRs may be built incrementally to support additional profiles. These different categories of support have been broken down into different phases. These phases are listed below:

SHR Level 1 - (at least one content profile + query for existing data)

A phase 1 OpenHIE SHR must implement the following:

SHR Level 2 - (all PCC content profiles + query for existing data + referrals)

A phase 2 OpenHIE SHR must implement the following:

SHR Level 3 - (clinical documents + query for existing data + referrals + some form of data export - [perhaps lab and drug profiles])

A phase 3 OpenHIE SHR must implement the following: