Use Case Factory (UCF™)

Use cases for sharing specific types of health information require unique technical and legal guidelines to ensure the health information is protected and the right people have access to the right information. The UCF™ manages both levels of issues and considers other critical factors…

About UCF™

The Use Case Factory is a lean manufacturing-oriented approach to build the tools needed to share health information electronically.

Use cases for sharing specific types of health information require unique technical and legal guidelines to ensure the health information is protected and the right people have access to the right information.

The UCF™ manages both levels of issues and considers other critical factors in the ideation cycle of exchange situations including: sponsorship, funding, environmental analysis, and operational readiness.

Together, each phase is uniquely positioned to develop and refine catalytic data sharing scenarios needed to optimize health care delivery and the associated business and payment processes.

The Use Case Factory employs a multi-step process to take a use case from conceptualization to widespread adoption. Each stage involves specific stakeholders who help develop the use case and pass it along to the next stop on the assembly line for that use case. The end result is a more thoroughly vetted and intelligently designed use case that better serves the needs of stakeholders who will participate in that use case to securely and confidently share the type of health information specified. 

 

What is a Use Case?

Information on individual use cases and categories can be found here.

1. CORE TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The UCF™ is dependent on a set of technical functions. Those functions include a routing mechanism found in interface and integration engines and identity services that rely on a provider and person master registry.

2. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

To enable a substantial trust fabric to form between participating organizations on the network, the UCF™ uses a modular, scalable data sharing legal framework.

3. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES

The UCF™ is built on a multidimensional set of governance structures. Together each structure provides oversight, guidance, and recommendations to Network management; and intentionally building in mechanisms for meaningful stakeholder feedback into the Network. 

4. USE CASE DEVELOPMENT

The Use Case Factory™ (UCF) is based on methods derived from manufacturing processes. Each stage has a set of activities and controls that enable actors to successfully design and operationalize use cases for information exchange. The UCF stages include Concept, Design, Implementation and Adoption by the critical mass of users.

5. IMPLEMENTATION & SUSTAINABILITY

When a use case completes the implementation phase and moves to production implementation the UCF™ will need to consider utilization, market demand, and ensure sustainability. Cost recovery mechanisms related to total cost of ownership for the UCF™ infrastructure and the ongoing maintenance of each use case are key factors in sustainability.