On May 12, the USAID Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) Project hosted their third webinar in their technical leadership series titled, “Standards-based Interoperability of Systems: Country examples of testing and enabling exchange of data for holistic health information management.” Derek Kunaka, HIS Director, CHISU Project, JSI, moderated the webinar with panelists: Nebyou Azanaw, Senior Health Information Systems Specialist, Ethiopia Data Use Partnership (DUP), JSI, Alvin Marcelo, Executive Director, Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), Romain Tohouri, Health Management Information Systems Developer, CHISU, JSI, Chris Seebregts, Founder and CEO, CHISU, Jembi Health Systems (CHISU Partner). This panel shared examples of interoperability solutions, and the accompanying standards and processes, that have facilitated sharing and linking health data such as regional interoperability laboratories, multi-sectoral collaboration to track human and zoonotic diseases, cross-border immunization tracking and facilitating exchange of mobile messages between clients and institutions.
What is interoperability? CHISU defines interoperability as: the ability of different information systems, devices and applications (systems) to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner, within and across organizational, regional and national boundaries, to provide timely and seamless portability of information and optimize the health of individuals and populations. Health data exchange architectures, application interfaces and standards enable data to be accessed and shared appropriately and securely within all applicable settings and with relevant stakeholders. TechChange also released a great video about standards and interoperability in digital health.
We’ve provided the map and the links below to highlight examples of strong use cases for standards-based interoperability throughout the world: