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Connected Health Framework – Architecture and Design Blueprint

We have recently released a new version of the Microsoft Connected Health Framework – Architecture and Design Blueprint (CHF-ADB v2).  For those of new who are new to CHF-ADB, it offers a set of vendor-agnostic best practices and guidelines for building the next generation of interoperable e-Health solutions based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and industry standards – ranging from within health organizations to regional, national and cross-agency systems. 

CHF-ADB v2 targets lifelong well-being and covers the full continuum of care — from the individual to health professionals, health institutions and payers. Because health is not about just hospitals, CHF-ADB v2 is a full refresh of the initial version released in 2006 that:

· Reflects the actual experience in the use and application of the first edition

· Extends the coverage from healthcare to social care and provide support for lifelong well-being

· Retains the patient-centric nature of the CHF but broaden this to be person-centric by adding a social care dimension and provide additional viewpoints focusing on the needs of families, care professionals, care providers, and the funders of care services

· Extends the guidance for the re-engineering and non-invasive enablement of legacy applications to participate in the service-oriented architecture of the CHF

· Provides more case examples and step-by-step design guidance

You can access the full and summary versions of CHF-ADB v2 from the Microsoft Health IT Industry Center at the link provided below.


Connected Health Platform

As I have indicated in one of the earlier blogs, and as part of an on-going work, we have built a rich set of guidance, tools and solution accelerators as part of our Connected Health Platform that you can use to build enterprise, regional, or national interoperable e-Health infrastructure solutions using Microsoft products and technology aligning with the principles of CHF-ADB v2.


The Connected Health Platform is enabled by the Infrastructure Optimization for Health (IO for Health) model which is built on top of the mature and highly leveraged Infrastructure Optimization Model (IOM).  IO for Health integrates Health IT domain expertise, key learnings from customers, partners and Microsoft field resources from all over the world with IOM.  There are 3 IO for Health perspectives: Core Infrastructure Optimization for Health, Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization for Health, and Application Platform Optimization for Health:



The following table summarizes the solution accelerators we have available today.  On the Health IT Industry Center at the link above, you will find, in addition to these accelerators, more than 40 architecture, design, and step by step deployment guides.


To insure deep integration with the existing IOM assets, the Connected Health Platform guides, tools and solution accelerators were designed to align with one of the 3 IO for Health perspectives mentioned above.  If we take the Microsoft Common User Interface as an example, the associated guidance, tools and solution accelerators are represented as shown in the following diagram:


For more information on CHF-ADB and the Connected Health Platform, visit the Health IT Industry Center at  Should you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please use the feedback link on the Health IT Industry Center.  Your feedback is always welcome and much appreciated.


teddy bachour

senior industry technology strategist - ww health

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