International NGO responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The challenge was to allow different health organizations to collect, share and exploit diverse health data, using the same database and tools. Ultimately the goal is to centralize health data, make it more accessible to appropriate users and improve the quality of the data and metadata in the process.
The NGO had amassed thousands of health databases in different technologies, content and importance (to a wider audience). The OpenHealth, system developed by T4Bi provides an alternative to creating more disintegrated, non-standard databases.
T4Bi developed an open source platform for the NGO; this platform enables public health, socio-economic and demographic data to be collected, reported, analyzed, mapped (GIS) and published (via a common Portal). T4Bi were subsequently engaged to migrate data and create new applications using the platform.
Deployed in an international datacenter with public and internal access points; accessible world-wide. Number of users and requests is expected to evolve over time (in 2008 at launch statistics showed 1,500 requests per day).
MySQL database, Mondrian OLAP server, thin Java middle tier published as a REST (Representational State Transfer) service, rich Adobe Flex presentation, integration with MS Excel.