OpenHIE is a community that builds together based on real world application. Our growing network of members and partners work together to support each other and contribute to our collective knowledge base and best practices. Our standards and best practice recommendations work together to form a foundation and framework for comprehensive health information exchange systems.
A Health Information Exchange (HIE) makes sharing health data across information systems possible. It enables data to be shared between databases, facilities, and across regions or countries.
OpenHIE’s Architecture is made up of patterns that ensure that health information from various external systems is gathered into a single, uniﬁed HIE. To accomplish this, the exchange normalizes the context in which health information is used by focusing on the “for whom”, ”by whom”, “where”, and “what” of a patient’s health visit, bringing relevant information through a layer of interoperability and directly to the point of service. Additionally, OpenHIE also integrates medical supply data. This supports enhanced decision-making, improves the quality, safety, and continuity of care, and facilitates the appropriate use of information to improve health in a population.
In response to the pandemic OpenHIE formed a COVID Task Force to develop standards and patterns around case reporting during the pandemic. These standards, processes and governance structures are then able to be adopted by countries to help build out case reporting locally. Another potential advantage of the Task Forces work is having their structures used beyond the pandemic in other health related spaces. Aspects of this interest groups work are foundational to the service included in OpenHIE’s architecture and can contribute to the community at large.