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IHE USA Publishes “Interoperability for Dummies” A Guide to Health IT

CHICAGO (June 12, 2013) – Across the world, various communities in Health Information Technology (IT) are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties to revolutionize the delivery of care.  However, doing something as simple as sharing secure, private healthcare information is hard. Everything involved in sharing the information must be securely constructed in a way that all the other systems involved understand it. To advance this goal, IHE USA has published “Interoperability for Dummies; IHE Edition,” a complimentary eBook in the Wiley For Dummies format, which explains what Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is, its value, and how people can use IHE to advance interoperability.

The eBook, written by Anita Samarth, in collaboration with IHE USA, provides an introduction to the integration and interoperability of health data, the origins of IHE, and an overview of IHE’s standards-based profiles which are used by communities for exchanging health information

Interoperability for Dummies – IHE Edition, will help readers to not only understand the value and critical nature of standards-based interoperable health IT systems and IHE’s role, but how to personally become part of the solution by implementing change in their organization.” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, president, IHE USA.

Readers of the eBook will learn how IHE improves patient care by providing a common standards-based framework for seamlessly exchanging health information among care providers at a local, regional, or national level. More than 160 health IT vendors and health information exchanges have implemented systems worldwide based on IHE.

The eBook discusses:

  • How IHE can help organizations meet interoperability goals;
  • The current state of document exchange, different scenarios for exchanging information, and how IHE is improving the process; and
  • Opportunities IHE offers for stakeholders and clinicians to work together to advance health information exchange.
  • An introduction to the IHE USA Certification Program.

The eBook is available for complimentary download on the IHE USA website, beginning June 26.

About the Author                                                                                                                                                                            

Anita Samarth is co-founder and president of Clinovations. She has extensive experience with EHRs, HIE, and interoperability. She was also a co-author of “Electronic Health Records for Dummies.”

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

June 14, 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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

BridgeHead XDS-I.b Technology Passes Testing at 2013 IHE Connectathon

The Largest Health IT Testing Event in the U.S. Showcased BridgeHead Software’s DICOMStore™ Interoperability

Woburn, MA – February 27, 2013 – BridgeHead Software announced today it has successfully completed the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2013, held in Chicago, Illinois. The Connectathon is an annual event that demonstrates the benefits of interoperability, where health information systems (HIS) work together to share information across organizational boundaries. The testing showcased the abilities of BridgeHead’s Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) DICOMStore™ to successfully integrate with other leading healthcare information systems, and the solution now qualifies as a full XDS-I.b Imaging Document Source.

The 14th annual IHE NA Connectathon drew hundreds of the industry’s top engineers with 8 IHE domains tested on over 160 systems. New features included testing of HL7’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture® (C-CDA) and a new qualification in standards and certification criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 in the U.S.

“Healthcare IT integration companies such as BridgeHead Software help make the Connectathon a success,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA. “This year, 500 systems engineers from 101 companies engaged in testing at the event. Collectively, we are driving the industry forward and improving quality care with interoperable systems.”

BridgeHead’s DICOMStore™ Imaging Document Source was tested for its capacity to readily share and exchange image files with other vendors’ repositories. By testing both its understanding of IHE frameworks and implementation methods, BridgeHead proved DICOMStore™ could seamlessly interface with different XDS repositories, ensuring enterprise-wide interoperability across a hospital’s IT environment.

BridgeHead’s DICOMStore™ is part of its Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution. HDM is designed to enable healthcare facilities worldwide to store, protect and share both clinical and administrative information across the entire hospital, along with the capabilities necessary to tame the continuing growth and complexity of data. It is also the only software that combines protection together with DICOM and non-DICOM archiving, ensuring image availability for healthcare professionals.

“At BridgeHead, we recognize that interoperability is critical for any hospital system looking to ensure the accessibility of patient information is preserved. It is also essential for giving our customers the utmost confidence in the BridgeHead solution’s ability to evolve in today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape,” said Jamie Clifton, director of product management at BridgeHead. “By participating in the NA Connectathon 2013, we have once again exhibited how readily the BridgeHead HDM Solution can interface with a variety of health information systems.”

In 2012, BridgeHead’s XDS.b Repository and ancillary systems were tested at the IHE European Connectathon alongside 24 other healthcare IT systems to demonstrate enterprise-wide healthcare collaboration potential and achieved similar success.

INFORMATION FOR MEDIA ATTENDING HIMSS13

BridgeHead Software is exhibiting at the HIMSS13 Conference in booth 1769, taking place from March 3rd through March 7th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Visit our HIMSS13 Knowledge Center site to get the latest information on how to bridge the gap between what clinicians want and what health IT professionals need for hospital data availability.

February 28, 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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry Pass Interoperability Testing at 2013 IHE Connectathon and Conference

NextGate Products Meet IHE Interoperability Standards for 4th Year in a Row; Underlying Platform for New Provider Self-Service Portal

PASADENA, Calif. — February 28, 2013 — NextGate, a leading provider of enterprise identity management solutions, announced that its Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and NextGate Provider Registry passed all 64 profile tests at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon and Conference 2013, the healthcare IT industry’s largest interoperability testing event. This accomplishment demonstrates the readiness of NextGate’s EMPI and Provider Registry for immediate deployment in IHE-based and other environments, providing accelerated implementation, standard interoperability, and easy access to current patient and provider information from different platforms and stakeholders.

Provider Management Technology

NextGate’s Provider Registry was one of only a few products to test against the IHE Healthcare Provider Directory (HPD) Trial Implementation, a profile designed to simplify the management of individual and organizational healthcare provider information.  As components in the NextGate Registries for Healthcare software suite, the NextGate Provider Registry, NextGate Provider Directory, and NextGate Provider Self-Service Portal aggregate provider information from different public and private sources, and gives healthcare organizations multiple options for consistent, up to date, and easily accessible provider management solutions.

“As healthcare organizations work towards integration and consolidation, the need for interoperability is more critical than ever before,” stated NextGate’s President and CEO, Andy Aroditis. “Our results in the IHE Connectathon show that NextGate’s solutions support any system or architecture that specifies PIX/PDQ, HL7, XCPD, and HPD requirements, and therefore allows customers to leverage all of our advanced data matching and standardization features, rather than just being limited to simple patient indexes or various provider directories.”

The Connectathon, held by IHE International Inc., is a multi-stakeholder effort to promote the effective use of healthcare information technology (HIT) by providing a common framework for multi-vendor systems. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA certifies that systems are interoperable against established criteria.

NextGate will be showcasing its Provider Registry, Provider Self-Service Portal, EMPI, Patient Portal, and other infrastructure products for connected care at the upcoming Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 4-6, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. To view a demo of NextGate’s Provider Self-Service Portal (and enter to win an iPad® mini), please visit http://bit.ly/Ya1vsP, or visit booth #1356 at HIMSS13.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not for profit organization founded in 2010 that operates as a national deployment committee of IHE International®. IHE USA serves as a voice representing U.S. health IT interests and key partners in national health IT efforts for fostering the national adoption of a consistent set of information standards to enable interoperability of health IT systems.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), Provider Registry, and other identity management and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

North American Connectathon 2013 Provides Testing Ground for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements

CHICAGO – (February 27, 2013) In an effort to advance interoperability in the U.S., IHE USA and the Health Story Project offered  Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture® (C-CDA) standard as part of the testing process at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2013. When implemented into electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), HL7’s C-CDA contributes a critical component of a patient’s medical record, including the physician’s progress notes, discharge summaries, and other clinical documents. U.S. physicians create over a billion clinical notes each year. These notes contain most of a patient’s clinical records, and most EHRs are not capable of integrating this type of data into their systems.

“Eighteen vendors registered to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including, a diverse group of EHR, document imaging and HIE vendors. After years of working with EHR and HIE vendors and encouraging acceptance of C-CDA document types, 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.

IHE USA and Health Story Project are excited to announce that 18 companies earned a passing test score for C-CDA testing at the NA Connectathon 2013, gaining a competitive advantage in meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for adoption of C-CDA.

Successful Consolidated CDA Test Participants:

Allscripts

athenahealth

CareEvolution, Inc.

Certify Data Systems

Corepoint Health

Epic

GE Healthcare

Greenway Medical Technologies

Iatric Systems, Inc.

ICT Health

InterSystems

Notable Solutions, Inc.

Nuance Communications

Mirth Corporation

Nextgen Healthcare

Oracle America

VitalHealth Software

Vitera Healthcare Solutions

Please visit IHE USA to learn more about Consolidated CDA, the NA Connectathon, and Consolidated CDA test participants.

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 IHE International, Inc.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded five 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 accelerated development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, bringing them through the HL7 ballot process and promoting their adoption within the industry. Over the previous five years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents – use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHRs. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.  You can see Health Story in action at HIMSS13 in the Interoperability Showcase.

February 27, 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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

ICSA Labs and IHE USA Team Up to Deliver New Certification That Assures Security, Interoperability of Health Information Technology

Today ICSA Labs announced it has teamed up with IHE USA, a nonprofit that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, to offer a new certification program. The program, which aims to assure the security and interoperability of health IT, will help ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Currently, many products cannot “talk” to each other, making it challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment. By implementing products certified to IHE profiles, health care providers and hospitals can take advantage of more complex workflows.

New Service and Testing Will Begin at the 2013 North American Connectathon on Jan. 28 in Chicago

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – IHE USA, a nonprofit organization that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, and ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, today unveiled a new certification program aimed at assuring the security and interoperability of health information technology.

The program will provide industry-accepted certification to complement existing conformance testing to IHE integration profiles to ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Certification to these profiles, which also provide significant underpinnings to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) specifications, will give purchasers of health IT products independent third-party assurance that there is a standardized, repeatable process that ensures products are suitable for secure health data exchange, and that the products function as intended.

“Implementing products certified to the IHE profiles will allow health care providers and hospitals to take advantage of more complex workflows that can make a huge difference in applying information technology to health care,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of Informatics at HIMSS. “Right now, a lot of products cannot ‘talk’ to each other, which makes it very challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment.”

Participants who are registered for the 2013 NA Connectathon, sponsored by IHE USA, will be able to register for certification testing at the event. For more information, click here.  Results will be evaluated by ICSA Labs, 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 ongoing testing to ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested.

“Given our decades of experience as an independent testing and certification entity and as an ONC Authorized Certification Body, ICSA Labs is fully committed to accelerating the adoption of secure, and interoperable health information technology furthering the goal of improving patient safety and care,” said ICSA Labs Managing Director George Japak. “Our new joint certification will have a significant impact on ensuring that the vision of health IT becomes a reality.”

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 among disparate systems
  • Tier 3: Validated implementations of deployed certified technology

Vendors interested in learning more about having their products certified to IHE integration profiles should contact IHECertification@icsalabs.com.

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 IHE International, Inc.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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