Improving financing for UHC workflows in OpenHIE: using openIMIS as a reference technology
Health Information Systems Architecture: High-level systems design, and aligning technology with people and their data needs. Enterprise Architecture, OpenHIE, etc.
Description of Session
The OpenHIE Health Financing toward UHC working group is focused on identifying health care financing data exchange needs, and working synergistically with the OpenHIE community to ensure that data exchange processes and requirements meet the needs of the health care financing communities. openIMIS is an open-source software tool for the digitalisation and efficient management of health financing workflows. Currently being used to manage a variety of health protection schemes in Nepal, Tanzania, Cameroon, Chad, and DRC, openIMIS offers seamless connections between beneficiaries, health service providers, and payers. In its various implementations, openIMIS users have felt the need for interoperability with other digital health systems and the initiative has already launched efforts to create standards-based communication architecture allowing for interoperability with OpenMRS/Bahmni and DHIS2. As the openIMIS and OpenHIE communities are working closely together in these developments we are confident that openIMIS will act as the reference technology for the interoperability architecture for UHC that the OpenHIE subcommunity is working on developing in 2019. This session will give participants not only a platform to learn about the Architecture Diagram for UHC (v0.1), but will also showcase how the architecture can be realized through a software tool. For the two communities, the session will provide an opportunity to learn about the various interoperability requirements of implementers, so as to address them in future developments as well as the opportunity to contribute towards their development.
Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how interoperability is being positioned to support the data exchange needs of low resource setting UHC tools, in particular, the openIMIS platform. In addition attendees will support in the reviewing, building and enhancing of core requirements and workflows to support UHC have gained a stronger understanding of the openIMIS tool and its ability, functionality and future direction.
1. Provide information on how the openIMIS community is leveraging standards such as HL7 FHIR for interoperability with OpenMRS/Bahmni and DHIS2
2. Provide participants with detailed information regarding the health financing towards UHC subcommunity of OpenHIE, and the Architecture Diagram for UHC (v0.1)
3. Learn from participants on their interoperability needs when dealing with tools for health financing: what are the different systems that need to interact in their use cases? What standards are they using? What standards need to be developed?
The session is designed to have three major parts:
a. OpenHIE (with a focus on the Health Financing towards UHC Subcommunity)
b. openIMIS initiative
c. Interoperability between openIMIS and OpenMRS/Bahmni, and openIMIS and DHIS2
2. Technical Session: This session will focus on providing the participants with hands-on experience with openIMIS, Bahmni, and DHIS2. There will be local instances of the tools available in the room, and participants will be able to generate an insurance claim from a medical record in Bahmni, process it in openIMIS, and analyze the data in DHIS2.
3. Group work: In this session, the participants will be divided into groups, in which they will discuss interoperability requirements for a particular business process in the health financing/health insurance landscape. They will work on a structured template to identify systems to interoperate with, and using what standards.
Why is your abstract important in the digital health landscape?
The digital health landscape is filled with tools that are required to be interoperable with each other to achieve a common goal. This session provides participants with real world, tangible, workable tools and concepts to see interoperability in action. Also, this session aims to learn from implementation experiences of practitioners in the field of health financing and UHC so that the two communities of practice are aware and can create solutions that address their needs as well as provide those in attendance with demonstrable scenarios and examples of tools working together to support UHC.
Country/Region the abstract applies to
The concepts in the abstract are applicable worldwide. Currently, openIMIS as a technology is being implemented in Asia (Nepal) and Africa (Tanzania, Cameroon, Chad, DRC).
(If applicable) Is the digital health solution you describe listed in the WHO Digital Health Atlas (https://digitalhealthatlas.org)?
Yes. Both openIMIS and OpenHIE are listed in the WHO Digital Health Atlas.
@Alicia Spengler, @Fourie, Carl, @Saurav Bhattarai