Global Digital Health Network October Meeting
Please join us at the JSI offices in Rosslyn October 18th from 9:30 am – 11:30 am for a discussion on Interoperability: Where have we come from, where are we, and where do we still need to go?
As global digital health has evolved, and digital tools have moved from proof-of-concepts all the way to projects at a national scale (with dozens to hundreds of separate IT systems in operation within one country), the challenge of interoperability has become even more pressing. In order for digital interventions to realize their full potential, practitioners need to ensure that data can be exchanged between multiple systems: for example, that information coming from the facility level is correctly linked back to that location by a master facility register, that clients can be traced across vertical programs, and that data from one system can be leveraged by another to give better data for decision makers. All of this requires comprehensive architecture and standards.
Sheel Shah from Dimagi will discuss the MOTECH suite, and Dimagi’s experiences-both successes and challenges in using MOTECH as an interoperability solution, as well as the technical changes they have made to the platform since taking over management of the tool.
Paul Biondich will discuss Regenstrief’s work on interoperability, including their support of the OpenHIE community. He’ll discuss both the importance of standards and common flashpoints and challenges faced by countries as they attempt to make interoperability a reality.
Finally Michael Stelmach of Bowlink Technologies will discuss his experience implementing Health-e-Link as a health information exchange/health information mediator as well as a health data warehouse in multiple domestic U.S. projects as well as with JSI in Tanzania.