For many years, Ona has been empowering a global network of digital health projects with the OpenSRP platform - a lightweight, configurable electronic health record platform designed for use by frontline health workers in low connectivity environments. OpenSRP is used throughout the world, including in Brazil, Liberia, Malawi, Pakistan, Thailand, for a diverse range of use-cases. Historically, it has been challenging to connect OpenSRP to other existing health databases and enable coordinated care across a multi-stakeholder health system.
Ona rebuilt OpenSRP from the ground up to be FHIR native. The re-factored OpenSRP uses a FHIR API to store configuration and health data, allowing developers to rapidly iterate and customize health workflows. FHIR content, such as WHO SMART Guidelines, can be loaded in dynamically rather than having to hard-code clinical workflows. OpenSRP integrates with a compatible Identity and Access Management API to provide FHIR-linked user accounts, and mirrors information to a data warehouse that powers dashboards and ad-hoc queries.
How OHS helped
Open Health Stack allowed Ona to build a platform entirely within the FHIR ecosystem. OpenSRP uses the Android FHIR SDK to support syncing, workflows, and data capture; the FHIR Info Gateway to mediate permissions between our Identity and Access Management system and our FHIR data store; and FHIR Analytics to transform FHIR documents into relational tables for visualization and querying. This enables Ona and their partners to turn around prototype apps in days, with industrial-strength tools that scale for use in national health systems.
After rebuilding OpenSRP on top of Open Health Stack, Ona reduced prototype development time from a couple months to a matter of weeks. OpenSRP enables live editing of apps through updates to dynamic content - changes that would have taken days to weeks of development time.
In 2023, OpenSRP is being rolled out to over 5,000 healthcare workers at district and national-level deployments in Indonesia, Liberia, and other countries. Ona continues to actively contribute to the Open Health Stack on Github and is particularly excited to work together on the Android FHIR SDK's support for Implementation Guides.