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1 Health IT - the African Approach Chris Seebregts, PhD Executive Director, Jembi Health Systems SOUTH AFRICA HIMSS Asia-Pacific, Sep 2012

2 Outline Challenges and opportunities associated with low resource environments Approaches to Interoperability in low resource settings Implementation experiences from Rwanda

3 Preventable Deaths

4 Income / GDP

5 Current Implementation Blog Carl Fourie, Jembi Health Systems, 18 September 2012,

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7 Open Community-Driven Technologies Open Architecture Open Standards Open Source Software “Ubuntu” – Southern African philosophy that we are who/where we are because of the community.

8 Public Private Academic Innovation Models PublicPrivateAcademicMore Academic

9 Funding for RHEA

10 Health Enterprise Architecture Framework for National Health Information Systems Integration -> Capacity Building -> Methodology -> Methodological Tools -> Repository of Assets -> Registry Application -> Reference Models

11 Key Requirements (3) STANDARDS OF INTEREST (first list of 33) (1-18) Note: Need to further rationalize the 50 standards needed into 4-5 buckets / business requirements – using enterprise view (the house picture) (use SKMT) Slide courtesy of Bron Kisler, Elizabeth Keller, Don Newsham, Joint Initiative Council

12 Key Requirements (3) STANDARDS OF INTEREST (first list of 33) (19-33) Slide courtesy of Bron Kisler, Elizabeth Keller, Don Newsham, Joint Initiative Council

13 SDMX-HD The Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange – Health Domain (SDMX-HD), a data exchange format for the Monitoring and Evaluation community. See

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15 Atlas of known OpenMRS Implementations

16 Architecture and Solutions slide courtesy of David Lubinski, PATH 16

17 Improving Interoperability for Maternal and Child Health in Rwanda slide courtesy of Derek Ritz, ecGroup 17

18 Rwanda

19 VISION - Rwanda eHealth Strategy (Dr Richard Gakuba, National eHealth Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Rwanda)

20 GENERALIZING THE VISION - ISO > Vision and goals -> Domains -> Governance -> Infostructure -> Infrastructure -> Standards 20

21 Goals Increase the number of pregnant women accessing ante-natal care services Increase the number of HIV-positive pregnant women accessing PMTCT services Improve progress in implementing MDGs 4, 5 and 6 (lower incidences of maternal and child mortality and HIV/AIDS) 21

22 Business Architecture – MODELED (ArchiMate) Slide courtesy of Mead Walker, Northrup Gruman

23 Rwanda Health Enterprise Architecture Framework

24 Canada Health InfoWay EHR Architecture

25 Health Information Exchange Training in Canada

26 Technology components TS HIAL LRS CR PR SHR VCT Clinic Mosa’s Village Community Clinic HL7 SMS Core Architectural Services: Client Registry and Patient Identification (CR) Provider and Facility Registry (PR) Terminology Standards and Service (TS) Shared Health Record (SHR) Logical Record Service (LRS Health Information Access Layer) 26

27 Connectathon at Medinfo 2010

28 Architecture of the Rwandan Open Health Information Exchange 1. Crichton R, Moodley D, Pillay A, Gakuba R, Seebregts CJ. An Interoperability Architecture for the Health Information Exchange in Rwanda. In: International Symposium on Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems

29 OpenHIM Interoperability Layer Design (developed by Ryan Crichton, Jembi Health Systems)

30 OpenHIM Mediation and Orchestration Design (developed by Ryan Crichton, Jembi Health Systems)

31 OpenHIM Component Scalability Design (developed by Ryan Crichton, Jembi Health Systems)

32 Implementation of the Rwanda Open Health Information Exchange

33 HL7 IP available free-of-charge

34 Rwanda Terminology Service developed by Hannes Venter, Jembi Health Systems -

35 Maternal Concept Lab Developed by Jon Payne, Partners in Health -

36 Health Architecture Registry and Repository developed by Open Health Tools (www.openhealthtools.org)

37 Applying the Framework in Mozambique

38 Modeling eHealth Regulations

39 Summary Low resource settings provide opportunities for advanced health information systems development and implementation Constraints on capacity and other resources promote the development of good practices Open technologies will play an increasingly important role in low resource environments

40 Partners and Funders PARTNERS Ministry of Health of Rwanda Jembi Health Systems Regenstrief Institute InSTEDD Sysnet Intrahealth Apelon Partners in Health OpenMRS Foundation RapidSMS (UNICEF) University of KwaZulu-Natal Pivot Access FUNDERS Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Rockefeller Foundation (RockFound) United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

41 Thank you Mozambique Avenida Julius Nyerere no 3326 Condominio Diplomatic Village Casa numero um Maputo Rwanda Kacyiru Road Plot Number 1760 Kigali South Africa


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