Open Healthcare Framework

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Just what is OHF then?

I received this in my email:

> I am very much interested in learning about OHF
> and what how I can use it to build applications in Healthcare Industry.
> It seems to be reasonably difficult to find the Architectural Overview or
> a list of High Level Use-Cases supported by OHF while going through
> blogs and wiki.
>
> Would you recommend a decent place to start learning about OHF ?

It's hard to know what to say in response to this - the web site, the wiki and the blogs are all that there is. Other than the code, of course, but reading code is not going to help with this question.

I know that we should have more and better documentation, particularly about the overall project, it's aims and architecture. One of the problems is that the project is currently a collection of somewhat disconnected pieces of work that do not have an overall coherence and focus. In the plan for this year, we have been very explicit about this, and why. The reason is that no clear architecture leaps out. OHF has a strong server side focus, and this is an area that Eclipse is still growing into. There will be further discussions on this at our meeting in Boca Raton on September 9.

As far as use cases, I don't think we can be so specific. We have the following components:
  • HL7 V2 runtimes and conformance profile editor
  • IHE Actor implementations
  • HL7 CTS Implementation
  • Public Health modelling platform.
What's coming is HL7 V3 and openEHR tooling. This is just a grab bag of useful interoperability support things. If you need to do interoperability using these standards, these components will be useful.

As the OHF project develops and starts delivering real value in the areas it has started with, I hope that we can have a wider scope that will make architectural overviews and use cases useful for describing our work.

3 Comments:

  • "One of the problems is that the project is currently a collection of somewhat disconnected pieces of work that do not have an overall coherence and focus."
    Though somewhat disconnected, there is some interdependency between components. The IHE Actors plugins for example use the HL7, and the soon to have ATNA, digital signature and encryption plugins. The IHE Plugins actors are made of many plugins that can be used in other use cased independently.

    By Blogger Eishay, at 9:50 PM  

  • yes. "somewhat disconnected", not completed disconnected.

    By Blogger Grahame, at 1:46 AM  

  • Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it is love learning more on this topic.
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    By Blogger Jacob Smith, at 4:45 AM  

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