Connected Health / iDAAS (Intelligent Data as A Service) - Introduction

Connected Health / iDAAS is all about transforming the way the various types of industries support healthcare delivery can interact with data and information. iDAAS can be viewed as many things due to all the capabilities it enables. While it does so many things the main driver for iDAAS is about enabling organizations to make data a product and build assets on top of it. Because "Data is the asset!!!" iDAAS is about enabling information for knowledge that can be used for action in a secure and scalable manner. iDAAS is a powerful healthcare industry design pattern/framework that is a blue print for connecting, processing and leveraging clinical, financial and life sciences data at scale to build solutions for today and tomorrow in a consistent manner. It inherits from upstream projects/communities such as Camel, Drools, Drools Fusion, Kafka/Strimzi and Kubeflow, and others.

Our culture is all about open source and open source mindset because of this we decided to follow those practices for everything for this effort. All the assets are published onto Git Hub through our organization. Our intent is to build and enable healthcare platforms and enable an open source healthcare community. As part of this community we wanted to provide our expectations on how we expect those to behave that join the community. All code is available with Apache 2 License!! We also have enabled a chat area for anyone to access at.
Happy coding!!!!

Design Principals

For decades across the various markets within healthcare (clinical, financial, pharmacy and life sciences) integration has been a recurent and painful challenge for many organizations and across the healthcare industry in general. Within Red Hat there is a specific industry team dedicated to ensuring Red Hat's technologies meet the industry needs and ensuring its customers have meaningful platforms that demonstrate these capabilities, the Red Hat healthcare team. The focus of the team is enabling and empowering healthcare organizations to transform their organizations through infusing Red Hat's open organization, open source mindset and community based culture. As the Red Hat healthcare team started this journey they also wanted to ensure they could help showcase how Red Hat addressed the many variant and expansive needs of a healthcare organization.

We wanted to ensure there is a set of specific differentiators no matter for whatever would be build and maintain:

  • Extensibility
  • Scalability
  • Reduce Proprietary Technology, Knowledge and/or Skillsets
  • Open Source Enablement
  • Modern Application Development/Delivery Capabilities
  • Innovative Disruption without chaos
  • Deliver Consistency
  • Polyglot Language Support

Here's how the differentiators are expressed in more detail:

Capability Capability Description
Extensibility The focus has been on building an extensible platform based on need and usage. The platform is just a series of components that are designed for purpose and can be connected, extended or new components developed as developers and business teams work together. Within the platform it is developed tocenable small to large and complex healthcare organizations to leverage this platform.
Scalability Ability to scale based on the data demands placed on the platform.
Reduce Proprietary Technology, Knowledge and/or Skillsets We have removed COTS or black box box software and have gone with a very open approach. Our approach leverages the numerous leading Open Source products Red Hat is engaged in. Here are several of the technologies this platform leverages: Spring Boot, Red Hat Fuse, Red Hat Process Automation Manager (Business Rules, Workflow and Complex Event Processing), Red Hat A-MQ Streams (Kafka). These technologies are used across a wide variety of teams today across many industries.
Open Source Enablement Provide the source code of the components to extend as needed. What other organization puts all its source code pubicly available? Red Hat, that's who... Beyond the code think about open source related to data. Data comes from an upstream system (as does source code), iDAAS helps organizations with many capabilities improve that data for business need, then we provide it back to other systems for their business needs.
Modern Application Development/Delivery Capabilities Where applicable everything is cloud native/container focused. Several of the platform components are based on SpringBoot for easy of deployment and running.
Innovative Disruption Without Chaos This platform is absolutely designed to enable disruption and enable innovation at the speed of business and technologists. It is also designed to reduce chaos and numerous negative potential side effects of innovation.
Deliver Consistency Focus around industry standard design(s), practices and integration and development patterns. We don't require deep knowledge of the industry standards to get started, just common developer skillsets.
Polyglot Language Support Enabling the use of many different programming languages. The focus here is to ensure by major capability area a programming language is supported.