By Ash Patel – Marketing Specialist, The Open Group. Following the recent Washington, D.C. event, we reached out to Tony Black, to discuss his new role as a Newly Elected Member for The Open Group Governing Board. We are very pleased to have him on board with us and look forward to seeing the impact he makes for the Governing Members.
By James Griffith (NTT DATA Services), Jason Lee (The Open Group), Gerda Meijboom (Nicitz), Michael van der Zell (Groningen University Medical Center)
What comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands? For many it may be a field of vividly colorful tulips. Others may conjure images of historic windmills. An appreciator of the arts may recall the elegant line work and beautiful paintings of Rembrandt Van Rijn. Others may think of the capital city, Amsterdam, or the food and beer exported worldwide. Perhaps in time, some will come to associate innovative healthcare with the Netherlands.
This document takes an evolutionary approach to align with and build upon existing or upcoming frameworks, standards, and best-practices, such as the TOGAF® standard, Archimate® Modeling Language, or ISO 9001 for healthcare. All application-related screenshots in this article are based on a prototype, modelled in Enterprise Architect.
On August 15, 2020, India’s 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi launched the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM). The NDHM is a comprehensive digital platform that brings together multiple and diverse groups of stakeholders enabled by shared interfaces, reusable building blocks, canonical datasets, and open-standards, with a strong foundation of architecture. In a sector that is riddled with administrative and regulatory complexities, coupled with the scale and scope of operations in India, the NDHM aims to revolutionize the healthcare sector. As the largest democracy in the world, that follows a federated structure of governance the NDHM is unequivocally targeted at improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of the population, reducing the cost of providing healthcare, and enhancing the effectiveness of healthcare providers.
In this article, I would like to discuss the critical importance of connected healthcare systems during an epidemic or a pandemic. Everyone benefits from connected healthcare systems; people, families, districts, states, nations. Leadership from all levels of healthcare authorities is essential, from hospital workers to governments, to global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
In this second article, I discuss key ideas and concepts underlying the design of a Reference Architecture for Health. Based upon the principles developed in the first article, these ideas and concepts describe what is needed. Together with the essential capabilities that we will introduce in a third article, they provide the input to how to build and deliver such a Reference Architecture. This document uses the following approach:
– From the large to the small: Start with the outer context, the overall Healthcare system, and refine into individual subject areas and building blocks
– Outside in: Start outside the organization, from the perspective of a customer, and design your organization around the needs of the customer