OpenHIE’s first live virtual course to help people understand the foundations of health information exchange generated significant interest and quickly reached capacity. Regenstrief Institute led the planning and organization of the event with significant contributions from the OpenHIE community.
OpenHIE, short for Open Health Information Exchange, is a worldwide community of individuals who strive to develop health information exchanges that improve patient care and health, especially in under-resourced areas. In 2021, the organization launched The Academy, an e-learning tool to address information gaps about OpenHIE, the architecture, health information exchange topics and more.
The Academy Live class took place on September 30, 2021, just days before OpenHIE’s annual community meeting. The goal of the half-day course was to ensure participants had an opportunity to learn about standards-based approaches to health information technology and provide a foundation for participation at the community meeting. The collaborative event featured several OpenHIE community members presenting and leading breakout rooms.
Regenstrief Institute is the secretariat of OpenHIE and facilitated the community in creating a way to make education on HIEs more widely accessible despite the pandemic. The Academy features a number of free courses as well as a certification exam.
About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.
Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.
Open Health Information Exchange (OpenHIE) is a global community working to help resource-constrained environments better leverage their healthcare data. OpenHIE supports public health leaders, healthcare advisors, and technologists in their efforts to improve health outcomes. The OpenHIE community of practice formed in early 2013, evolving from the work to establish the Rwandan Health Information Exchange (RHIE). As the benefits of the approach adopted became apparent, other counties became interested in applying similar architectural tactics. Today, OpenHIE’s approaches, reference technologies, and community processes are being leveraged or explored in multiple countries.