I attended the OpenHIE Academy Live Event last week and learned about the function and application of the OpenHIE Architecture framework and its components. What's a health information exchange, and what does it mean for people in everyday terms?
In 2020, Robert MacTavish, a child protection specialist at UNICEF Primero lead, met with the team at OpenFn and laid out a massive challenge facing the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in Cambodia. He explained that there was no secure, stable, scalable way to share data between different case management systems operated by the government and partner agencies. The result, he went on, was not merely an increased administrative burden but re-victimization. Children might have to recount their whole case history, reliving their traumas time and time again in order to register and access each critical support service they needed.
Digital global goods are adaptable, interoperable, open source software or content designed to meet the data and management needs of country health systems. Incredible software tools like CommCare, a mobile data collection and service delivery platform, dhis2, a health management information system (HMIS) used in over 40 countries, and OpenLMIS, a popular logistics system, are digital global goods. OpenFn is proud to now be officially joining them on this list.
Over the past 12 months, OpenFn and UNICEF Cambodia have worked together to enhance interoperability for the critical software tools Cambodian agencies rely on to protect and respond to the needs of vulnerable children and women. Key outcomes achieved so far via this partnership include the implementation of a secure OpenFn project space with the automated data sharing workflows required to allow for the Cambodian government and their partner NGO caseworkers to communicate with one another seamlessly.
Nal’ibali is on a mission to change education across South Africa through its reading-for-enjoyment initiative, which promotes reading and writing in mother tongue languages. To effectively monitor program activities and children reached across the country, Nal’ibali needed to integrate multiple data platforms.
Integration has saved Sinapis staff hundreds of manual hours and ensures that all payment information is always accurate up-to-date to help Sinapis to run programs smoothly.
In 2017, x-runner implemented OpenFn to connect its existing systems and sync data in real-time to more effectively manage and monitor waste collection activities. With this integrated service system, X-runner can deliver high quality customer service and technical assistance to their customers, with no time lag.
OpenFn data integration has enabled the Caris Foundation to "work towards a better experience for the patient, for the agent, and for external reporting."
In the past, it took KGVK months to digitize and analyze survey data before sharing reports with key staff. By 2019, using OpenFn, KGVK was able to monitor data in near real-time and better serve the needs of its communities.
ASE had a diverse data portfolio spread across so many sources that couldn't easily be analyzed. Open Function delivered a centralized, single-view solution for monitoring students and sharing data across schools.