2022-05-04 Governance structure: Update discussions

Background and Objectives of openIMIS and its Governance Structure

The openIMIS initiative is focused on creating a sustainable community of practice of various types of users and contributors to the openIMIS software product. In order to achieve and sustain this vibrant openIMIS community, a governance structure to facilitate the various processes within the initiative has been designed. The governance structure aims to define roles and responsibilities to various actors within the community in order to create an efficient and transparent system of information flow and knowledge dissemination. The governance structure aims to bring various stakeholders - current and potential users, implementation and software development experts, specific subject experts onto common platforms to learn about openIMIS, to help develop openIMIS further, or to help spread information about openIMIS further. 


The aim of the global openIMIS Initiative is to create a software centred community, where different individuals and organisations at diverse levels are able to contribute to the development and implementation of the openIMIS product. The main objectives of this organisational structure are to:

  • Create transparent and efficient governance structures which assign clear roles and responsibilities to the different actors (user countries with their (health) insurers implementing openIMIS, implementation partners, relevant health financing actors, software developers, centralized technical support organisation, technical advisory group, steering group, program coordination desk)

  • Offer opportunities for individuals and organisations to learn about openIMIS and become a service provider, e.g. as implementation partner or local support team

  • Create an ecosystem which offers insurance social protection?

    • organisations a range of qualified implementation,

    • training and software development/ integration partners to choose from

  • Create a stable structure to ensure proper maintenance of existing MS IMIS and to create a user support structure for existing MS IMIS user organisations

  • Create a structure for the continuous improvement through addition of new modules and step-by-step transition to a modular open source solution

  • Develop a business model where the organisations that use openIMIS contribute to a stable financing of the openIMIS core operations.

  • CIF - funding



  • Role of the 'initiative' for capacity development?

    • capacity development tools availability

    • capacity development geared at general awareness building on openIMIS capabilities/functionality etc

    • 'on-board' business process (health financing, social protection etc) and ICT experts on openIMIS

  • interoperability with other tools in the area  - policy side

  • 'Grow' openIMIS to be beyond health insurance/financing

    • insurance organization → scheme operator

  • legacy - modular : transition

  • present openimis as a 'solution' to a problem rather than just a 'tool' or software

    • security

    • performance

    • data privacy/ethics

  • financing of openimis implementations/country level

  • evidence based communication about openIMIS

  • growth of the community - local 



openIMIS initiative - facilitating the discussion, provides a forum, brings experts to talk about business processes and openIMIS functionality matching; NOT providing the business process solutions.

If direct business process solution design/other scheme design support is required - the initiative recommends service providers. 



  • show that openimis is the best tool on the market to solve the problems of the customer. evidence!

    • independence of evidence?

    • encourage 3rd party evaluations ..


Roles and responsibilities of parties

 

A first step towards an organisational structure is the clear definition of roles and responsibilities. For each of the suggested roles we distinguish between ongoing and case driven activities. This distinction serves to separate the more predictable ongoing activities from the case driven activities.

The following overview briefly describes the role of each partner:

  • Steering Group defines overall strategic direction

    • <<excerpt from ToRs>>

    • CIF - funding

  • Product Group forms the core group of the openIMIS Initiative.

    • Create a stable structure to ensure proper maintenance of existing MS IMIS and to create a user support structure for existing MS IMIS user organisations

    • Create a mechanism for the continuous improvement through addition of new modules and step-by-step transition to a modular open source solution

    • Support for the transition of implementation from legacy to modular

      • detailing required - in a separate page.

    • Role of the 'initiative' for capacity development on:

      • capacity development geared at general awareness building on openIMIS capabilities/functionality etc

      • 'on-board' business process (health financing, social protection etc) and ICT experts on openIMIS

    • legacy - modular : transition

    • marketing & info-sharing on openIMIS

    • generate/curate evidence-based knowledge for openIMIS promotion

      • eg. show that openIMIS is the best tool on the market to solve the problems of the customer. evidence!

        • independence of evidence?

        • encourage 3rd party evaluations ..

    • facilitate exchange between various stakeholders of the openIMIS initiative - eg. Toumai, IC

    • Architectural team?

    • It consists of:
      Coordination Desk operationalizes defined strategic direction, administrates budgets and oversees the activities of the involved working groups.

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    • Developers Committee develops, maintains and supports at global level the core of openIMIS

    • Implementers Committee supports at global level implementations regarding implementation steps, training material, requirements of business processes for openIMIS.

  • Technical Advisory Group (TAG) assesses the openIMIS Initiative evaluating strategic developments, proposes on system architecture and new functional requirements. The members of the TAG will be nominated by the Steering Group.

    • 'Grow' openIMIS to be beyond health insurance/financing

      • insurance organization → scheme operator

    • interoperability with other tools in the area  - policy side

    • discussion required to detail TAG execution/implementation.

  • Implementing Partners Consultants facilitates the outreach to the implementations in the countries and

    • provides support to scheme operators for implementing openIMIS

    • increasing the uptake of openIMIS in more schemes/countries

    • builds the link between global and local Community

    • capacity building for specific implementation

    • providing business process solutions

    • experts in the field of the scheme and the use of ICT for its management

  • Regional hubs provide support to the community on regional level as well as facilitates training and capacity development

    • present openimis as a 'solution' to a problem rather than just a 'tool' or software

      • security

      • performance

      • data privacy/ethics

    • evidence based communication about openIMIS

    • financing of openimis implementations/country level

  • Local support / Dev. Team provides direct support to the payers and providers

  • Payers provide feedback on the features of openIMIS and identify future requirements for the system

Figure 1:   Organisational scheme


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