A Major Case Study
For many years we advised Microsoft on systems architecture, undertaking both internal projects and projects with major corporate customers. Many of these were in the Health and Social Care domain and we acquired considerable experience and expertise in the business processes and information flows involved. Furthermore, we developed extensive architecture, design and implemenation expertise in projects in diverse cultures and environments around the world.
We have written this down and made it available in a structured form as the
Microsoft Connected Health Framework - ARCHITECTURE and DESIGN BLUEPRINT.
This is available to Microsoft customers and, indeed, anyone with a serious interest in the domain, via their healthcare websites. It is a substantial volume of information amounting to some 100,000 words over five volumes and includes extensive models, service definitions and best practice guidelines. Although published by Microsoft, it is 100% platform and vendor-agnostic so may be used widely irrespective of the hardware and software in use.
Since its inception, the Connected Health Framework (CHF) has been widely used in over 30 countries around the world. The Architecture and Design Blueprint (ADB) has been progressively evolved and extended to reflect the learnings from its use including the development of comprehensive tool support. The CHF-ADB was designed for architecting e-health solutions for health information networks ranging from within health organizations to across multiple government agencies.
The CHF-ADB, for short, is based on a service-oriented architecture and Systems Advisers was heavily involved in its development in cooperation with a number of Microsoft professionals using Systems Advisers' methods and tools. It is unique in defining a Business Pattern for Health and Social Care which may be viewed, and saved locally, from here:
The Business Framework uses our Systems Architecture Method to develop a business pattern and exploits our Minimum Essential Models concept. Our Systems Architecture Toolkit includes the Health and Social Care Business Pattern as a worked example.
The full CHF-ADB documentation may be viewed here:
The Health and Social Care Domain and an overview of the CHF-ADB
An approach to "Joined Up" systems and a Business Pattern for Health and Social Systems
Addressing Common Architectural Problems
How to define practical, effective solutions to system requirements using Minimum Essential Models