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Advances in Health Care Management

ISSN: 1474-8231
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The Importance of Using Open Source Technologies and Common Standards for Interoperability within eHealth: Perspectives from the Millennium Villages Project


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Title:The Importance of Using Open Source Technologies and Common Standards for Interoperability within eHealth: Perspectives from the Millennium Villages Project
Author(s):Andrew S. Kanter, Rob Borland, Mourice Barasa, Casey Iiams-Hauser, Olivia Velez, Nadi Nina Kaonga, Matt Berg
Volume:12 Editor(s): Nir Menachemi, Sanjay Singh ISBN: 978-1-78052-858-8 eISBN: 978-1-78052-859-5
Citation:Andrew S. Kanter, Rob Borland, Mourice Barasa, Casey Iiams-Hauser, Olivia Velez, Nadi Nina Kaonga, Matt Berg (2012), The Importance of Using Open Source Technologies and Common Standards for Interoperability within eHealth: Perspectives from the Millennium Villages Project, in Nir Menachemi, Sanjay Singh (ed.) Health Information Technology in the International Context (Advances in Health Care Management, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.189-204
DOI:10.1108/S1474-8231(2012)0000012013 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate the importance of using open source technologies and common standards for interoperability when implementing eHealth systems, and to illustrate this through case studies, where possible.

Design/methodology/approach – The sources used to inform this chapter draw from the implementation and evaluation of the eHealth Program in the context of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP).

Findings – As the eHealth Team was tasked to deploy an eHealth architecture, the Millennium Villages Global-Network (MVG-Net), across all 14 of the MVP sites in sub-Saharan Africa, the team not only recognized the need for standards and uniformity but also realized that context would be an important factor. Therefore, the team decided to utilize open source solutions.

Practical implications – The MVP implementation of MVG-Net provides a model for those looking to implement informatics solutions across disciplines and countries. Furthermore, there are valuable lessons learned that the eHealth community can benefit from.

Originality/value – By sharing lessons learned and developing an accessible, open source eHealth platform, we believe that we can more efficiently and rapidly achieve the health-related and collaborative Millennium Development Goals.


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