In my role as a technology strategist on the Microsoft
worldwide health team, my focus and interests are in three areas
—security/privacy/regulatory compliance worldwide, industry specific standards,
and the Microsoft Connected Health Framework (CHF). One of the fun parts of my
job is seeing how organizations and governments around the world are taking
advantage of Microsoft technologies and services in these three areas to help
them solve some of their toughest challenges.
On my recent travels, I was inspired by a small island
country that is looking at how the Microsoft Connected Health Framework (CHF)
could help it integrate its national and regional health information and
services. In meeting with the Ministry of Health (MoH) himself and other key members
of the ministry, it was very cool to hear how excited they were about the
potential for CHF to help them connect the country’s disparate systems and data
siloes. And in so doing, create a technology foundation that could support the
MoH initiatives for improving the healthcare of its citizens.
What is CHF?
It’s basically a blueprint that health organizations and governments can use to
implement service- and standards-based, interoperable e-health solutions. What
makes it unique is that it offers a series of best practices that are
platform-agnostic and based on a service-oriented architecture. At Microsoft,
we believe that this is an essential approach because most health organizations
and governments use hardware and software platforms acquired from multiple
vendors over a long period of time. Interoperability and integration of these
systems is vital to the improvement of patient care.
this is exactly why the MoH team I met with recently thinks CHF might just be
the perfect fit for them. By using it to enable an integrated health system,
the MoH would have better visibility into the data and services of the five
regional health authorities. And that, for example, would enable an integrated
view of patient data to drive better patient outcomes.
As we see CHF being used around the world, it’s interesting
to note that all the organizations and governments taking advantage of it seem
to have one thing in common: They all start out with the need to integrate
something. For example,
several countries in Central and Eastern Europe are currently using CHF to
bring together disconnected health information systems and information. Using
the CHF guidance and best practices, they are creating nationwide, integrated
e-health solutions that form the foundation of each country’s specific
objective – whether that’s enabling e-booking and prescriptions,
electronic health records, or simply allowing different operating systems to
talk to each other so that health data can be shared.
Another great example of CHF in action is a countrywide
electronic prescription solution in Australia. CHF helped enable an
interoperable network among 14 competing medical and pharmacy software vendors.
With the e-prescription solution, doctors can send prescriptions electronically through a secure gateway
for retrieval by a patient’s pharmacy of choice anywhere in Australia.
seeing our partners and customers harness CHF to help cities in their efforts
to improve the health of urban citizens as part of Microsoft CityNext. The CHF best practices and
service-oriented architecture provide powerful tools for integrating services,
processes, and policies to enable a holistic approach to creating healthier cities.
It’s exciting to witness how CHF is
being used around the world to help organizations and governments create
integrated e-health solutions that support their health initiatives. You can
learn more about CHF here
and I look forward to continuing to share examples from my travels and
otherwise right here.
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