The Connected Health Framework: A service-oriented architecture for health IT

I'd like to draw your attention to a very thoughtful piece in HHN Most Wired written by well-known CIO, John Glaser, and his Partners Healthcare CTO, Steve Flammini.  These guys are highly respected healthcare IT veterans and thought leaders in the industry.  If Glaser and Flammini believe Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the future, and perhaps salvation of applications for healthcare, I'd challenge anyone to say it isn't so.  Rightfully, the authors draw our attention to the fact this is no panacea and healthcare organizations and application vendors must move forward with due diligence and some degree of caution.  Nonetheless, for all the stated reasons, SOA is indeed where the industry is headed.

With that in mind, I would like to offer a valuable resource to IT executives, chief medical information officers, solution architects, industry solution vendors, and others who have a particular interest in developing or deploying the next generation of SOA healthcare industry applications for business or clinical use.  It is the just published Connected Health Framework executive whitepaper and architecture and design blueprint.  What is the Connected Health Framework and what is its value proposition to the industry?  My good friend and colleague, and Microsoft's senior healthcare technical strategist, Roberto Ruggeri, sums it up best on his Healthcare IT Blog.  If you would like to look over the CHF documents and other resources, you'll find them here:

You can also find information about the Connected Health Framework on our corporate site. The landing page on is here.  Filed under:

My thanks go out to Roberto and our entire extended team across the globe for their very fine work in delivering this important resource.  I know the team looks forward to your comments and suggestions.  You can share those here: healthcare forums

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bill Crounse, MD      Healthcare Industry Director      Microsoft Corporation

Comments (9)

  1. ClickRich says:

    This is a welcome announcement for a sector looking for an IT shot in the arm.  Was privaleged to see this a few months ago.  Will be very interested to see how healthcare IT organisations respond to the release.  Which will crawl into their shells and which will embrace?

    We need to see some maturity in this market.  Consumers will expect it.

  2. At last some joined up thinking! Desperately needed in the healthcare industry.

  3. BizTalk Developer says:

    I tried the link to the Executive Whitepater, but got an error.

  4. BizTalk Developer says:

    I was able to access the Executive Whitepaper after installing the latest version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Reader 8.

  5. hlthblog says:

    Thanks for reminding folks to make sure the reader is installed.  I’m glad you were able to access the Whitepaper.

    Bill Crounse, MD    Healthcare Industry Director     Microsoft

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  7. Manish says:

    It has been quite a journey from the times where a single system was able to provide the details about a patient in the hospital. We have built such systems at our company.

    However, when it comes to the web and providing the service over the web, would a framework for healthcare just suffice?

    Standardising the systems content in all the multiple existing systems to be able to provide the same information would be a huge task.

    Rather the framework should deal with solutions as mentioned in HL7, which provides the way forward.

    New applications could be designed to meet up with the kind of framework being proposed, but even then there would never be a case where all the existing health systems would be willing to adhere to a framework.

    More work needs to be done in creating a repository of data that collects data and then provides an analysis. The repository could be updated with data coming from multiple systems.

    Each system could read from the repository the data through a service and provide details regarding the data in thier own unique way.

    Perhaps in 10 years the CHF could be taken back into the applications. Then again this can be done provided companies like MS and others provide these frameworks within the application development itself.



  8. HealthBlog says:

    If you want to go straight to the really sexy stuff , scroll toward the bottom of this entry and see

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