Healthcare Forum Projects

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Healthcare Interoperability

The Open Group Healthcare Forum seeks to advance interoperability to exchange key health and healthcare data. We believe secure information should follow the person in a timely manner, wherever he or she goes for care. When healthcare systems interoperate a great deal more than today their activities will be more efficient and they will create added value. 

The Healthcare Forum’s orientation to the interoperability problem is holistic and systems-oriented. Members do not believe IT problems merely require technical solutions. Instead, it draws on multi-dimensional – e.g., business, technical, digital, organizational, socio-cultural – solutions to develop precise and explicit understandings of the interdependence of the key elements of the health delivery system ecosystem. This approach is closely aligned with efforts to address the BIG goals expressed in Boundaryless Information Flow™ the triple aim, the learning healthcare system, value-based healthcare, evidence-based medicine, pay-for-performance, the healthcare continuum, and population health.

We believe that person-centered, value-based healthcare depends on interoperability. Interoperability enables the flow of information within and across healthcare systems. Information flow based on healthcare system requirements, standards development, and IT implementation systems helps enable actors to produce their core capabilities effectively, error free, and securely.

There is no simple fix – no silver bullet, no technical innovation, no congressional mandate – that can rapidly transform healthcare systems that don’t now share information into fully interoperable ones. We understand the complexity of the task.

Healthcare Architectural Framework and Health Enterprise Reference Architecture (HERA)

The Open Group’s Healthcare Forum is developing a comprehensive, 12-step, Plan-Do-Improve framework designed to identify and deliver digital solutions to data issues experienced by health services delivery enterprises and their vendors.

The Framework is rooted in deep knowledge of

1) Health services provider and supplier industries, including the political, technical, and socio-cultural contexts in which they operate

2) The barriers and benefits to using HIT to solve business problems, and

3) Best practices and lessons learned from using enterprise architecture methods to create efficiencies in industries as diverse as communications, financial services, and defense.

Using this Framework, the Healthcare Forum is also developing a Healthcare Enterprise Reference Architecture (HERA) to:

1) Provide a downloadable ArchiMate™ model and guide to develop implementation reference architectures

2) HERA can be implemented by a wide range of healthcare and IT stakeholders, using a wide range of tools available to them, and tailored to legacy systems.