IntraHealth’s new Open Client Registry (OpenCR) represents a foundational global good supporting identity management needs in developing countries using leading technologies, including the powerful ElasticSearch engine and the reference standards-based HAPI FHIR server. Building on its successful real-world pilot, IntraHealth and partners Regenstrief, Ona, and IntelliSOFT seek to expand OpenCR into a robust, high-value global good and field test it with select ministries of health through a consortium that includes unparalleled international design and deployment expertise in client registry and identity management as well as leadership within the OpenHIE architecture and client registry communities.
IntraHealth recently completed development of an open source, standards-based prototypical client registry, OpenCR, which was built to safely and uniquely identify patients who have demographic information stored in multiple health information systems. Leveraging IntelliSOFT’s relationships with ministries, Ona’s understanding of the evolving security landscape, and Regenstrief’s expertise developing client registries in high- and low-resource settings, the consortium proposes to rapidly expand the functionalities of OpenCR to meet the global community’s unmet needs for a standards-based, advanced, yet accessible open source client registry to support longitudinal management of patient data across the health sector.
The initial use case driving development for OpenCR was developed to match and link records together under a single unique ID. With funding from Digital Square, the consortium team plans to complete the expansion of the OpenCR prototype into a broadly applicable global good across a wide variety of low-resource settings and use cases to enable countries to track patient records across health information systems.
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. We develop solutions that are open source, data-driven, sustainable, and collaborative. As a pioneer in the field of health workforce informatics, we’re committed to using technology, information, and analytical approaches to support the people at the center of our health systems. IntraHealth will lead the overall solution development process. IntraHealth’s consortium includes partners Ona, IntelliSOFT, and Regenstrief.
- Regenstrief is the creator of OpenMRS, an open source electronic medical record system and leaders in the OpenHIE Client Registry community. Regenstrief will support Work Package One with high-level solution design and will bring forth feedback from the OpenHIE community.
- Ona is a social enterprise based in the United States and Kenya that was founded in 2013 to build data infrastructure to drive change. Ona will contribute to Work Package One and deliver Work Package Three.
- IntelliSOFT Consulting ltd. is a Kenyan-based company that has been implementing health information systems in East Africa since 2009. IntelliSOFT will use its national client registry and unique patient identifier experience in Tanzania and Kenya to undertake Work Package Two.
OpenCR has been deployed on servers at the Country Public Health Laboratory of Uganda.