The Instant OpenHIE project aims to reduce the costs and skills required for software developers to rapidly deploy an OpenHIE architecture for quicker initial solution testing and a starting point for faster production implementation and customisation. Instant OpenHIE provides a simple way for technical persons to install and see a complex system working against a real-world use case, allowing technical persons to illustrate how interoperability can work to solve health challenges and demonstrate how an interoperability architecture could be created using open-source tools and standards.
The Instant OpenHIE project aims to address the primary needs of (i) allowing implementers to engage with a preconfigured health information exchange solution and running tools (based on the architecture) and test their applicability and functionality with a real health context problem; and (ii) having a packaged reference version of the OpenHIE architecture that is comprised of a set of reference technologies and other appropriate tools that form the building blocks of the health information exchange that can be configured and extended to support particular use cases.
At maturity, Instant OpenHIE aims to provide portable, launchable versions of multiple OpenHIE components to facilitate:
Demonstrable reference products -- those that align with the OpenHIE Community's vision for low resource contexts
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
Reproducible, version-controlled infrastructure for user-contributed tests of the OpenHIE Architecture profiles, workflows, and use cases.
Production-ready containers and orchestratable components that are deployable in any context.
The project consortium has partnered on the initial phase of the Instant OpenHIE project, which focused on the development of a core prototypical health information exchange using open standards and open-source software, centered on a particular use case and set of technologies, as well as the development of an extensible conceptual and technical architecture that allows for new packages, components and apps to be added to the Instant OpenHIE offering.
The Digital Square investment will be used to support two areas of work:
Supporting communities aligning their solutions to be part of the Instant OpenHIE project and initiative, through direct support and extending the Instant OpenHIE capabilities through improved contributor guidelines and tutorials, template scripts and examples, and architecture revisions to ensure ease of use in extending and deploying Instant OpenHIE.
Advancing the features and maturity of Instant OpenHIE towards the objective of a ‘shelf ready’ solution.
Jembi Health Systems will lead and oversee the project, working with IntraHealth as a partner to deliver on the scope of work.
Jembi is an African non-profit company specialising in digital health and open source software development and implementation. Jembi has a successful track record developing and implementing open source software in the health sector, including in a number of African countries. It has contributed to many open-source software development projects and communities of practice, including OpenMRS, Bahmni, OpenHIM, HEARTH and OpenHIE. Jembi is registered and headquartered in South Africa with country offices in Mozambique.
IntraHealth International is a global health NGO with a 40-year history in developing successful data tools and digital health applications for health workers and managers. IntraHealth develops solutions that are open source, data-driven, sustainable, and collaborative. As a pioneer in the field of health workforce informatics, IntraHealth is committed to using technology, information, and analytical approaches to support the people at the center of our health systems.