COVID 19 response

hello all,
I wanted to reach out to the community and see if we have any resources to support COVID 19 response, such as an architecture framework, interoperability/mediator configurations, etc. If anyone can share any resource or point in the right direction, please do.
Thanks for your help, much appreciated!
Best regards, Vikas


Hi Vikas,
Two things:

  1. We are establishing a OpenHIE Covid-19 “Task Force” - more details will be shared tomorrow but the intent is to have a weekly connection point under the following (draft) TOR:
  • Collating information relating to data standards and exchange relevant to the Covid-19 response
  • Identifying gaps in and establishing standards for data exchange priorities
  • Provide documentation and guidance (to both the global good community as well as proprietary software tools) to adhere to these standards
  • Ensure that rapidly deployed solutions can be integrated into the national digital health architectures
  1. We are pulling together the various data models and standards relevant to the response here:

This is intended to capture “current state” to inform the Task Force.



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Hi Vikas! Digital Square has been documenting the data models and standards that are or will be in use as part of the Covid-19 response. We are looking at both international standards (e.g. ICD, HL7 FHIR) as well as the global good tools that are being deployed in many LMICs. Here is a link:

More will be shared through the Digital Square webinar tomorrow. The webinar will feature how PEPFAR Tools can be adapted for COVID response (DATIM, Patient Indicator Monitoring, GOFR). Webinar on March 26 from 10 - 11AM. Link to register here:


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Thanks Amanda and Carl!

Look forward to joining the webinar and contributing to the task force.

Best regards, Vikas

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Here is some more information on the task force:

OpenHIE Covid-19 Task Force

Co-Chairs: @thcullen @cleitner1 @gmehl


Terms of Reference (draft):

  • Identifying and collating information relating to data standards and exchange relevant to the Covid-19 response
  • Identifying gaps in and establishing standards for data exchange priorities
  • Provide documentation and guidance (to both the global good community as well as proprietary software tools) to improve adherence to these standards
  • Ensure that rapidly deployed solutions can be integrated into the national digital health architectures


  • HL7 FHIR profile / implementation guide for case reporting & contact tracing
  • Other priorities set by community
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Hi all,
Thanks for your participation in the Doodle poll. Based on the results, we have landed on Mondays at 11am US Eastern. The OHIE COVID-19 Task Force is now on the OHIE calendar.

The community page is set up which is meant to provide a place to describe the task force and have quick links to a call page, discourse for communications and any other tools that arise

Talk to you on Monday.


Hi all,

The below email is for the release of a COVID-19 FHIR implementation guide draft.

UPDATED NOTE - this was linked in the deck in the task force meeting, but it looks like they have added a number of additional components now.

The IG was shared through the Business Process Management for Healthcare (BPM+ Health) group, which some others here are also involved with. I’ve not dug into the it, but it was created by a nonprofit consortium, Logica Health. I’ve not gone through it yet (though would expect it currently would be more US-focused).

Someone also added that: “A platform-agnostic spreadsheet version will also be coming; FHIR R4 is just the subject of this deliverable. I would encourage anyone working on related BPM+ models to take a look at this and subsequent releases, as it is a large collaborative effort and inclusive of pre-release codes.”

From: Logica
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:30 AM
To: Kenneth Samuel Rubin
Subject: COVID-19 FHIR IG Released


Logica has released the first iteration of a COVID-19 FHIR Implementation Guide 0.2.0.

We have created and are sharing at no cost HL7 FHIR profiles for COVID-19 related data. Our goal is to provide immediate help in the current crisis, not in 6 months from now, so we are publishing artifacts as soon as possible, recognizing they will not be perfect or comprehensive, but useful. With feedback from early reviews and implementations we will publish corrections and additional content iteratively as fast as we can.

All assets are available under Open Source license free of charge and are targeted at health systems and HIT implementors to rapidly produce semantically interoperable solutions across vendor platforms. The models are provided without warranty or guarantee of accuracy, completeness, or fit for purpose. Initial assets include clinically prioritized:
• FHIR R4 profiles.
• Value sets using proper LOINC, SNOMED, and vendor agnostic codes.
Initial focal categories are:
• Demographics
• Organizational Data
• Vital Signs
• Exposure History
• Symptoms
• Diagnostics Tests (labs, O2 sat…)
• Diagnosis
While the current priority is making useful, high impact models available for immediate worldwide implementation to aid pandemic response, Logica will rely on a broad collaboration of capable stakeholders to drive adoption, tool development, and improvement. We will also be working with HL7 to engage in standardization tracks. Please see the artifact index for a complete list of resources included. We will provide release notes with major deltas in subsequent releases.

Please keep your feedback coming!

Click here for the COVID-19 FHIR IG 0.2.0

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Hi All,

I’m new to openHIE so do excuse this if it’s not quite your area.

We have been looking at improving access to existing sources of open data on health facility locations in Africa.

This is a part of afrimapr a small project running in 2020 making R components for improving access to public health relevant data in Africa.

As detailed in the news article, so far we have focused on data from and WHO. We are also thinking of collating open locations data that are available from national ministries of health and making components to compare and merge data from different sources.

I’m aware that what we are doing is quite different from your approaches but we are interested in any useful information or feedback you can give us.

Best wishes,

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Hi all,
We are looking forward to the next Covid-19 task force meeting at the top of the hour.

Agenda is as follows

  • Welcome/Intro
  • Logistics
  • Review Draft TORs
  • Overview of implementation guide from LogicaHealth
  • Review and expand draft work plan(s) based on use cases
  • Review responses to interest form


Hi @andy.south ,
This sounds like interesting and useful work (we were also trying to figure out ways to support this). One thing that would be useful is to ensure that all of the health facility data is available in a standardized format - the one that we have identified within OpenHIE is to use HL7 FHIR according to the Mobile Care Services Discovery (mCSD) profile from IHE. There are also tools such as GOFR that used this mCSD data model for reconciling facility lists.


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Hello @cleitner1,
Many thanks for the reply which has pointed us towards some useful resources we weren’t aware of. Particularly we are looking into the GOFR Facility Match tool, to see if we can use it (or a similar approach) to compare data from different sources. We will report back.

@cleitner1 @thcullen @gmehl - is there an agenda for next week’s call (20 April), and can I propose a topic to discuss, if this is relevant?

As part of Jembi’s COVID-19 response, we’re evaluating how we can extend the OpenHIM to support COVID-19 data exchange use cases.

One of the ideas is to develop an OpenHIM mediator that supports submission of COVID-19 case data to DHIS2 Tracker in compliance with the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Digital Data Package and data model that has been developed. We are looking at adding initial support for OpenMRS, but this could be extended to support other data sources and standards, and other HIE components (e.g. facility reconciliation service).

As a first step I’ve done an initial pass at mapping the OpenMRS COVID-19 data dictionary to the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance data model. It’d be great to discuss this mapping and see if there are any comments/feedback on this and the project proposal:

Thanks @daniel.futerman. no agenda yet, but I did add this to the agenda for the call today to kick off the case reporting/contact tracing work stream. Scheduled for 530 eastern; invite went to people who self identified, but others are welcome.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 193712 850

Call details and notes -

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for this work!

I have started to add things to the agenda for next week on the notes page/etherpad:

Please feel free to adjust the agenda item as you see fit.

One suggestion on approach is that we use a FHIR message (and data store) as an intermediary within OpenHIM. There is a US centric Covid-19 Case Report/implementation guide that could serve us well as a basis for a FHIR spec and a discussion on this is already queued up for Monday.


Thanks @cleitner1.

@thcullen Sorry I wasn’t able to join the call, must have missed the sign up for this but happy to join in future if this work is topical to the case reporting stream. Thanks

Reminding people that we have a call on Monday; please feel free to add items to the agenda

notes from our case reporting call are on the task force call page, as well as some additional resources that we have been identifying.

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Call May 4- please add items to the agenda

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