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IHE North American Connectathon and Conference 2013 Introduces New Features to Advance Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO – (February 6, 2013) – A significant new step was taken toward the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with the introduction of a pilot Certification Program at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon and Conference, which concluded last week. The Connectathon testing event drew over 500 of the industry’s top engineers, while the one- day educational conference attracted well over 125 participants.

A new IHE USA Pilot Certification program was introduced during the IHE NA Connectathon 2013, which concluded last week. Also featured was testing for eight IHE International Domains and Health Level 7’s Consolidated CDA.

“The overwhelming majority of attendees at the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2013 were first time attendees. This demonstrates the importance of interoperability and the essential role of IHE in enabling the meaningful use of health information technology. Connecting key stakeholders with the tools and resources they need to achieve interoperable systems is essential for enabling quality care,” noted Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, President, IHE USA.

IHE USA partnered with ICSA Labs to launch a new IHE Certification Program for health IT systems.. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA will be able to certify that systems are, in fact, interoperable against established criteria.

“The IHE USA Certification Pilot Program, implemented in partnership with ICSA Labs, was a resounding success. A dozen vendors participated in this inaugural effort that complements existing testing of IHE integration profiles at the Connectathon. This accredited, standards-based Certification program will greatly enhance the value of IHE Integration profiles in products that are available in the marketplace.” says Ms. Sensmeier. “We look forward to leveraging feedback from the pilot to augment future efforts that demonstrate IHE’s role in advancing interoperable standards-based systems,” she added.

Eight of the participants at the Connectathon were registered for certification testing on over 70 profiles. Results are being evaluated by the ICSA Labs Certification Body, which will grant certification based on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification. Certification also will include industry-standard system surveillance activities that ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested, over time.

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of Certification will be awarded:
• Tier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
• Tier 2: Demonstrated interoperability amongst disparate systems
• Tier 3: Validated Implementations of deployed certified technology

“The Certification Program will benefit the purchasers and end users of the products that have proven IHE capabilities,” noted Amit Trivedi, Program Manager, ICSA Labs.

This year, in addition to the Certification Program, another new feature was added to the IHE NA Connectathon: testing of HL7’s Consolidated CDA standard.

The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. For testing at the Connectathon, the HL7 Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) offered a combined library of CDA templates and common document types, from progress notes to discharge summaries and more. C- CDA is now stipulated in Standards and Certification Criteria of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

“Over two dozen vendors signed up to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including a diverse group of EMR, document imaging and HIE vendors.  After knocking on the virtual doors of EMR and HIE vendors for years encouraging acceptance of CDA document types, I have to say that the Health Story members are thrilled about the potential uptake of C-CDA and its role in contributing to comprehensive electronic patient stories,” said Joy Kuhl, Executive Director of the Health Story Project.

Over 500 of the industry’s top engineers attended the largest interoperability testing event in the U.S. The Connectathon, which is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face testing event had over 100 vendors and 160 test systems, demonstrating powerful advancements in health IT. Approximately 70,000 sq. feet of the Hyatt Regency basement was occupied for the testing. There were attendees from 11 countries—including Austria, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Introduced in 1999, the IHE Connectathon has been an annual event with continued growth in the level and scope of participation. A parallel event in Europe was established in 2001 and has followed a similar trajectory.

IHE Connectathons are professionally managed and independently monitored testing events. A technical project management team develops detailed test plans for each role being tested at the Connectathon and organizes the process to maximize interoperability testing between corresponding systems from different vendors. Independent monitors observe and record test results, which are published in the Connectathon results database.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International
IHE International, Inc. (www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides called IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

February 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

IHE North American Connectathon and Conference 2013 Brings New Features to the Testing Floor

CHICAGO – (January 24, 2013) – The IHE North American (NA) Connectathon and Conference has been deemed the “Lollapalooza of the Health IT” world. Each year, 500 of the industry’s top engineers gather in Chicago for the largest interoperability testing event in the U.S. The Connectathon, which is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face testing event, will take place Jan. 28-Feb. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Drive.

The interoperability testing event boasts 100 vendors and 160 test systems, demonstrating powerful advancements in health IT. Vendor testing registration is closed, but attendees can still register for the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2013 and obtain a sneak peak of the testing floor on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Visit the HIMSS Blog to hear what participants have to say about the Connectathon and Conference.  

The IHE NA Connectathon Conference, a one day educational event, on Jan.30, provides industry professionals with continuing education and networking opportunities. Educational sessions will focus on how technology and IHE are enabling the achievement and sustainability of meaningful use in health IT. View the full agenda and list of education sessions. Additionally, a backstage pass and access to the Connectathon testing floor for a private tour is available to attendees; the testing floor is otherwise closed to the public. Tours will include an insider’s view of the testing environment, infrastructure, tools, and new testing services.

This year, three new features have been added to the lineup, including testing of HL7’s Consolidated CDA, IHE USA’s new Pilot Certification program in partnership with ICSA Labs, plus the first mHealth Hack-A-Thon.

IHE is organized by clinical and operational domains with eight IHE International Domainsavailable for testing at the event. In each domain, users with clinical and operational experience identify integration and information sharing priorities and vendors of relevant information systems develop consensus, standards-based solutions to address them.

The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. Now, for testing at the Connectathon, the HL7 Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) offers a combined library of CDA templates and common document types, from progress notes to discharge summaries and more. C- CDA is now stipulated in Standards and Certification Criteria of Meaningful Use Stage 2. This national recognition positions C-CDA, for widespread adoption within EHR systems, thus advancing interoperability leading to information exchange, with a specific focus on care coordination.

Introduced in 1999, the IHE Connectathon has continued as an annual event with continued growth in the level and scope of participation. A parallel event in Europe was established in 2001 and has followed a similar trajectory. The next IHE Europe Connectathon will be held April 15-19, in Istanbul, Turkey. Connectathons have also been held in Australia, China, Japan and Korea.

IHE Connectathons are professionally managed and independently monitored testing events. A technical project management team develops detailed test plans for each role being tested at the Connectathon and organizes the process to maximize interoperability testing between corresponding systems from different vendors. Independent monitors observe and record test results, which are published in the Connectathon results database.

“IHE USA and ICSA Labs share the goal of accelerating the adoption of usable, secure, and interoperable health information technology to further the goal of improving patient safety and delivering higher quality of care. To that end, these organizations have formed a collaborative partnership to advance the state of the industry through the IHE USA Certification Pilot Program,” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS. “This new program will be held in conjunction with the Connectathon, whose primary purpose is to address specific health IT interoperability issues. By testing the interoperability of their health IT systems, participants are able to improve the acquisition, management and communication of vital health information, while supporting efficient provider workflows and protecting private health information.”

Learn more about IHE North American Connectathon or the one-day educational conference by visiting IHE USA’s website (www.iheusa.org). . Registration is open online, or can be purchased on-site.

 

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International
(www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides call IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

February 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New Healthcare Interoperability Standard for Clinical Documents by Fujitsu and Osmozyz Identified by ONC

Fujitsu and Osmosyz Pioneer New Healthcare Standard for Electronic Clinical Documents; Interoperability Standard Identified by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 

Fujitsu Network Scanning Solutions Designed to Meet HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) Standard For Converting Paper Charts Into “Smart” Documents Interoperable With Any Healthcare System

LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 24, 2011 — Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, and Osmosyz, experts in document interoperability, today announced the availability of a new product suite that supports the use of exchange standards which have been identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Fujitsu and Osmosyz, along with the Health Story Project, a collaborative of healthcare vendors, providers and associations, worked for two years through the HL7 International standards development organization to develop and publish an implementation guideline for unstructured clinical documents. The “Unstructured Document” standard, based on the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), offers healthcare organizations a powerful on-ramp to healthcare information exchange through basic document management workflow guidelines that are now universally recognized and accepted.

Today, based upon the unstructured document standard, Fujitsu is launching the first and only solution of its kind designed to support Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements and meet anticipated requirements for Stage 2, as defined in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The Fujitsu ScanSnap N1800 Network Scanner and ScanSnap fi-6010N iScanner, equipped with Inofile ChartMD software from Osmosyz, gives healthcare organizations the ability to make clinical documents, such as paper-based clinical notes and other encounter-related documents, available across multiple systems in an electronic format that meets international standards for information exchange. Fujitsu and Osmosyz, along with their EHR partner Aprima Medical Software, will be giving hands-on demonstrations of these network scanning solutions at the annual MGMA Conference (Booth #1108 and #409) in Las Vegas, Oct. 23-26, 2011.

“Fujitsu and Osmosyz worked hard through Health Story to create a standard for managing unstructured documents within health information systems, and we couldn’t be happier about the current traction the standard is getting and the forth-coming recognition by the federal government for Meaningful Use,” said Victor Kan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “The Fujitsu network scanners with Inofile are the first and only solution available today that use standards-based capture to create smart documents that can be easily integrated into any EMR system and support national goals for healthcare information exchange.”

How Do Healthcare Organizations of Any Size Get Started?

Clinicians in the U.S. create more than a billion clinical notes each year. More than 60% of the full patient narrative resides in these unstructured documents and outside of discreet data elements within an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) database. These notes are often used as the primary source of information for reimbursement and proof of service. With established data standards such as the new standard for “Unstructured Documents,” the output can easily be integrated with EMR systems and Health Information Exchanges (HIE), providing a low-cost and universally accepted path to interoperability. Working through Health Story, Fujitsu has helped deliver a standard that raises the level of interoperability for clinical documents.

“Many providers do not know that companies in the clinical documentation industry can produce and offer electronic documents in the CDA format,” said Bob Dolin, MD, president and chief medical officer, Lantana Consulting Group and chair of HL7.  “In many cases they can leverage their current vendors to get to structured information in a way that supports national goals for meaningful use and that is minimally disruptive to clinician workflow.”

By applying the “Unstructured Documents” standard, Fujitsu is helping healthcare organizations include their clinical documents in their digital enterprise and to provide full access to the longitudinal patient record across a continuum of care. Below are a few key dates and milestones for healthcare organizations to note:

  • ·       August 2010: CDA “Unstructured Document” standard approved by HL7
  • ·       October 2011: HL7 CDA standard identified by the ONC as a national standard to support Meaningful Use
  • ·       January 2011: Registration for the EHR incentive program begins
  • ·       May 2011: EHR incentive payments begin
  • ·       2014: Last year to initiate participation in the Medicare EHR incentive program
  • ·       2016: Last year to initiate participation in Medicaid EHR incentive program

Network Scanning: Apply Data Standards, Integrate With EMRs, Increase Workplace Efficiency

The biggest challenges in meeting new government requirements while adhering to standards are the cost and complexity of the technology involved. In today’s economy, the time and resources required to train users and deploy new technology can be crippling to healthcare providers. The Fujitsu ScanSnap network scanning solutions equipped with Inofile ChartMD software offer new tools to make digitizing documents simple and specialized training unnecessary, enhanced security features to combat the threat of data compromise, and the ability to seamlessly integrate within a company’s existing network infrastructure allowing users to easily scan and share information on the network.

The Inofile interface on the Fujitsu network scanners allow hospitals and clinics to scan a batch of documents, perform a quality assurance check of the documents on the touch screen, index the documents with a few simple keystrokes, and upload the documents to a content repository or EHR without having to be tied to a workstation. This means critical clinical documents can be added to the electronic patient record in seconds without having to be added to a queue for scanning at the end of the shift, day, or week. It also means secure two-way exchange of information across multiple systems, including HIEs, EMRs or even personal health record databases.

“Healthcare organizations are realizing that deploying a network scanning strategy is quite simple and the learning curve to quickly scan and share documents across the entire organization is minimal,” said Therasa Bell, chief architect of the distributed clinical scanning module, Inofile, and president at Osmosyz, Inc. “The Fujitsu/Inofile solution allows an organization to send and receive smart documents over an exchange and submit to an EMR. This removes the need for fax transmission of documents between providers and allows documents to automatically transfer between different providers and different EMR applications, saving valuable time and money.”

Aprima Medical Software, Inc. recognized the value of the combined solution that the Fujitsu network scanners and Inofile application delivers to a practice. More than two years ago Aprima became the first EHR to support the CDA architecture and adopt it into its product via the Fujitsu/Inofile solution.

“When Fujitsu came to us with this solution, we immediately recognized the value over traditionally labor intensive and cumbersome document management processes, as well as the newly increased value of the data once loaded into a database using CDA,” said Mark Richards, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Aprima. “We couldn’t wait to integrate these solutions into our EHR as it not only helps ease the initial transition from paper to electronic records, but long term it improves overall workflow in physician offices. Customers of all sizes from 1 to 100+ are taking advantage of this every day. In addition, it doesn’t tie up a workstation, it requires minimal training, and is extremely secure.”

Additional Supporting Resources

For more information about the data standards initiative for clinical document and Fujitsu Network Scanners, visit:

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded a little over three years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of electronic healthcare documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous three years, the initiative supported the development of eight technical implementation guides for standard electronic documents, including the Consultation Note, Diagnostic Imaging Report, Discharge Summary, History and Physical, Operative Note, Procedure Note, Progress Note and Unstructured Documents. Health Story Promoter members include A-Life Medical, Emdat, Fujitsu, GE Medical, InfraWare, MedQuist, Nuance, Osmosyz, 3M and Verizon. It has affiliate relationships with AHIMA, AHDI, CDIA, Healthcare Information and Management Systems and HL7 International.  For more information, please visit:www.healthstory.com.

About Osmosyz:

Incorporated in 2009, Osmosyz Inc. specializes in capturing documents, streamlining workflows and providing access to valuable information. The distinct products and consulting services are for the creation and exchange of interoperable healthcare documents to enhance the effectiveness of patient care.

Osmosyz is active in a broad spectrum of healthcare interoperability initiatives and standards boards including Health Level Seven (HL7), the National Health Information Network (NHIN) Direct Project, Continua Health Alliance, and the Integrated Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).  In addition, the Osmosyz founders are part of the initial members that formed the Clinical Document Architecture for Common Document Types (CDA4CDT) initiative in 2005.  Since that time, CDA4CDT has developed into a national standards consortium for interoperable healthcare documents called the Healthstory Project.  In 2010, Osmosyz was primarily responsible for developing the Unstructured CDA format that provided the missing link between simple scanned images to a fully structured XML document standard.

Osmosyz believes that narrative healthcare documents contain rich clinical detail that remains virtually untapped. Osmosyz is passionate about providing solutions that tap the value of the data and transition health care providers from paper-based patient records to a complete electronic medical record solution in a seamless and effortless way. For more information, please visit: www.inofile.com.

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT)-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in over 100 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. is an established leader in the Document Imaging industry, delivering innovative scanning solutions and services that enable our customers to solve critical business productivity issues and streamline operations. We provide cutting-edge document capture solutions for business and personal environments, backed by a comprehensive portfolio of service and support programs.  For more information about Fujitsu Document Imaging solutions and services, visithttp://us.fujitsu.com/fcpa or call us at 800-626-4686.

October 24, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.