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First 8 Health IT Vendors Receive Certification Under New Program Launched by IHE USA and ICSA Labs

Pilot Program Aimed at Addressing Interoperability of Many Software and IT Systems in Healthcare Industry

CHICAGO, Ill. — A healthcare certification program — launched early this year to help address one of the industry’s most challenging issues, the incompatibility of many software and IT systems – has certified the first group of health IT products.  Under the pilot program, a joint initiative of IHE USA andICSA Labs, the products met rigorous testing requirements for security and interoperability.

The certified products are offered by eight health-IT vendors: Baxter Healthcare Corporation, B. Braun Medical Inc., CareFusion Corporation, Corepoint Health, Greenway Medical Technologies Inc., Hospira Inc., InterSystems Corporation and Masimo Corporation.

Products were tested and certified to meet requirements in the IHE Patient Care Device or IHE IT infrastructure domains (more info here) – which specify capabilities related to medical device interoperability, clinical-document sharing, patient identification, audit logging and security.

The certification by IHE USA, a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 to drive adoption of standards of interoperability in healthcare, also builds on specifications of the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  As a result, the certification gives purchasers of health IT products independent third-party verification that products are suitable for health data exchange and function as intended.  In this way, healthcare professionals can have timely and secure access to health information, leading to improved overall patient safety.

The certification program was announced at the 2013 IHE North American Connectathon in January. The initiative stemmed from a growing concern among healthcare IT organizations that today’s software, medical devices and IT systems are often incompatible, making the secure sharing of health data a complicated and expensive endeavor.

“Products that are certified for IHE USA interoperability bring tremendous value to the entire healthcare ecosystem,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of informatics at HIMSS.  “As an industry, we need to set a high bar if we are to rise to the challenge of transforming our healthcare system.  For the health IT vendors that have achieved IHE USA certification, this means their integration capabilities go beyond minimum federal requirements to deliver more robust, high-quality, standards-based products.”

The IHE USA Certification Program aims to expand beyond traditional electronic health record systems to include domains such as patient-care devices, lab, radiology, cardiology, dentistry and eye care.

“IHE USA Certified products benefit purchasers, system developers and, ultimately, patients,” said Amit Trivedi, healthcare program manager at ICSA Labs. “There is a dizzying array of products and systems to choose from, and IHE USA Certification by ICSA Labs can be a differentiating factor to make a more informed decision when selecting the right health IT product to implement.”

The certification program will expand by utilizing virtual testing events this fall, leading up to the 2014 IHE North American Connectathon to be held Jan. 27-31 in Chicago.

For more information on certification and IHE USA Certified products, visit www.icsalabs.com/ihe.

About IHE USA

IHE USA 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. Visit www.iheusa.org for more information.

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 a 9001:2008 registered organization. ICSA Labs is an NVLAP Accredited Health IT Testing Lab and ANSI-accredited, ONC-Authorized Certification Body for the Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Certification program. Visit www.icsalabs.com 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 99 million retail connections 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 nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900.  For more information, visit about.verizon.com.

July 16, 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 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 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.

Merge Healthcare will unveil Merge iConnect

Despite advances in health information technology, why are patients still arriving at doctors offices with CDs containing diagnostic images (and in some cases, large film envelopes!)

One would assume a doctor could readily access x-ray, CT or other diagnostic images.  Just open the electronic health record, click a button and there’s the image.  Unfortunately, this is not the case – and your readers may want to know why.

Timely, cost-effective storage and sharing of diagnostic images is one of today’s major HIT challenges.

Consider this:

Ø       More than 700M imaging studies are done annually in US.

Ø       An average hospital system stores more than 4M patient images (100 terabytes of data.)

Ø       Even if an image has recently been secured, when patients travel between facilities, clinicians often re-order tests – -creating unnecessary expense and radiation exposure.

New technology is evolving to overcome this challenge – and early adopters such as UMass Memorial Medical Center, are leading the way.  Thanks to Merge Healthcare’s iConnect solution, nearly 700 of their physicians are now viewing images in their newly “image-enabled” Allscripts EHR.

At HIMSS 2011, Merge Healthcare (Booth #3348, Hall E) will unveil Merge iConnect, an image exchange software suite that facilitates the cost-effective sharing of diagnostic content, and provides real-time image access via any Web-enabled device.

Using an IHE compliant architecture, Merge iConnect is available in a series of vendor-agnostic modules that include:

– a zero-footprint image sharing platform — eliminates VPNs, pre-configured DICOM connections, CD transport, etc.
– a zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer for anytime/anywhere mobile access — physicians are no longer tethered to desktop computers to view diagnostic quality images
– a vendor neutral archive to consolidate diagnostic imaging data for all “‘ologies,” departments, and locations — medical images and reports are secure and easily accessible in a non-proprietary format
– a comprehensive interoperability platform that enables sharing and viewing of content across a set of heterogeneous patient IDs, source systems and data types — leverages works-in-progress from Merge including Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI)* and Master Data Management (MDM)* solutions
– self check-in kiosk technology with unique avatar-based, live-assist functionality — automates data capture earlier in the workflow process, eliminates paper, optimizes staff efficiency

Merge is unique in that the company offers a modular approach, enabling organizations to leverage existing technology investments and build interoperability at their own pace.  While many excellent niche solutions exist in the market to address image exchange and management, Merge is the only vendor offering a comprehensive solution suite with proven technologies and the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of modularity.

As a founding member of the long-standing DICOM standard and today’s largest vendor of DICOM toolkits, Merge has a rich, 20-year history of advancements in interoperability.  Today, while focusing deeply on image exchange, the company will also showcase some of our newest solutions across the healthcare landscape at HIMSS, including:

·         Radiology (RIS/PACS , revenue financial management, CAD for MRI)

·         Cardiology (digital integrated cardiovascular record, cath lab workflow and knowledge management)

·         Surgery (perioperative clinical information management, anesthesia information management)

·         Lab (clinical laboratory information system software and connectivity)

·         Clinical Trials (EDC, IVR/IWR, eDiaries)

Merge’s solutions for OEMS, VARs and distributors will also be presented.

Merge will participate in the 2011 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (in conjunction with IHE), and is again one of the only radiology-centric vendors involved.

February 23, 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 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.

Medweb Introduces IHE Compliant Cloud Storage Also Now Available on HP Mobile Workstations

Medweb’s Cloud PACS Service extends certified IHE compliant Image Archiving to all sizes of medical practices. This offering is now available as an integrated storage service with HP Workstations and tablets giving clinicians a single resource that links to all image sources in their community.

ORLANDO, FL February 21, 2011– Medweb, a seasoned provider of encrypted, secure PACS and telemedicine solutions for over 20 years, announced today at the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS), Booth #5680, the successful certification of over 29 IHE Integration profiles at the IHE North American Connectathon held recently in Chicago.  Medweb and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also announce an alliance at booth #731 demonstrating Medweb Cloud Solutions as an integrated service on a variety of HP desktops and mobile workstations.

Medweb Cloud based PACS Service extends certified IHE compliant Image Archiving to all sizes of medical practice. As a monthly service, Medweb, certified by IHE in over 29 integration profiles, includes Cross Enterprise Document and Image Exchange profiles to link offices, clinics, and hospitals across Health Information Exchanges, as well as conventional radiology workflow profiles.

The 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North America Connectathon, held annually in Asia, Europe and North America, allows vendors to perform required transactions for the roles they select (IHE Actors) in support of defined clinical use cases (IHE Profiles) that allow integration of multiple information systems from disparate institutions to share medical record and image data electronically between facilities.

Over 100 companies collaborated to demonstrate and certify IHE compliance, the Connectathon has grown substantially as companies and clients recognize the importance of IHE compliance to collaborate in today’s fully electronic medical imaging environment. Medweb’s certification specifically addresses the workflows for intramural Radiology and PACS workflow, as well as Cross Enterprise Document and Image Sharing, and related encryption, logging, and collaboration profiles which allow sharing of medical imaging and documents between hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices.

Medweb’s IHE compliance included IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b) and IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b), XDS b document repository, Image Manager Scheduled Workflow (SWF) and Patient Information Reconciliation (PIR as well as providing comprehensive Clinical Document Repository (CDR) and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) capabilities.

Full Connectathon results are available at http://connectathon-results.ihe-europe.net/

In coordination with HP, Medweb announces an alliance at HIMSS to provide web-based PACS and Cloud Storage on HP mobile workstations. Medweb and HP provide a complete virtual PACS solution that provides availability of high-quality image viewing in the Cloud. This solution offers Cloud hosted imaging and a Data Repository that provides fast, secure, and unlimited storage for physicians and specialists, as well as advanced interactive 3D image display tools that make use of the touch screen capabilities of the HP tablet providing exceptional presentation of clinical data.

This PACS offering is available as an integrated storage service with HP Workstations and tablets giving clinicians a single resource on their HP desktop or tablet that links to all image sources in their community while providing a repository for images generated at their own facility.  Cloud PACS offered on HP workstations and tablets are available for demo at HIMSS booth #731.

Medweb’s Web-based PACS cloud computing solution provides a reliable storage solution that grows with the needs of the clinician and eliminates the need to spend money on expensive in house PACS systems, or PACS upgrades. It extends the life of existing PACS systems by pushing the storage component off site, and converting it to a usage bases service built on a highly reliable, redundant, secure and HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.

Medweb’s Cloud Storage and Web based PACS conjoined with the HP EliteBook 8540w and HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstations featuring the HP DreamColor LED-backlit display technology for enhanced brightness, resolution, color depth, and viewing angle allows diagnostic physicians and healthcare specialists access to exceptional, high quality images on the go.

About Medweb

Medweb has been setting the standard for Distributed RIS/PACS and Telemedicine for  22 years with the most innovative, easy to use solutions for a variety of government, healthcare and educational institutions. Medweb provides a scalable, patented web-based platform, fully customizable to meet the needs of clinical specialists and administrators. The company’s core products and solutions include RIS/PACS, teleradiology, general telemedicine and specialty applications for teledermatology, teleophthalmology and stroke evaluation.   For more information, visit www.medweb.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.

Philips showcases commitment to standards-based interoperability at HIMSS11

Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) will showcase its leadership and long term commitment to Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and driving adoption of industry standards at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando this week.

Philips has been a leading member of IHE since it began in 1998, participating in the organization’s first interoperability demonstration in 1999 and currently serving on the IHE International board as well as co-chairing multiple committees on national and international standard development organizations. During this time, IHE participation has grown from 24 members to more than 260 members.

Earlier this year, Philips participated in the IHE’s 2011 North American Connectathon, along with more than 80 health care IT organizations, by testing nine products across its portfolio of radiology, cardiology and clinical informatics solutions.

The IHE Connectathon is the health care IT industry’s only large-scale interoperability testing event, with sessions held annually in Asia, Europe and North America. During the Connectathon, solutions are tested by exchanging information with complementary systems from multiple vendors to see if they can complete a series of tasks using defined, real-world clinical use cases.

The Connectathon provides in depth demonstration of the participants’ interoperability and compliance with IHE profiles. Participating companies prepare for the event using testing software developed for this purpose. It offers vendors a unique opportunity for connectivity testing—removing barriers to integration that would otherwise have to be dealt with on site, at the customer’s expense.

All the Philips products presented at the recent North American Connectathon passed rigorous testing for more than 20 IHE profiles.  Four of these solutions will be demonstrated during the HIMSS-sponsored Interoperability Showcase in collaboration with IHE, including the Philips Emergin Event Management solution, iSite PACS (picture archiving and communications system), XIRIS radiology information system and IntelliVue Information Center. Philips’ ability to easily connect with complementary technologies to support clinical decision making, clinician mobility and telehealth helps to positively impact patient outcomes, simplify clinician workflow and improve financial outcomes for health care organizations.

Additionally, Dale Wiggins, chief technology officer, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, for Philips Healthcare, will give a presentation on Tuesday, February 22 at 3:45 p.m. at the Interoperability Showcase on the current state of clinical informatics, covering issues such as clinical decision support, interoperability of health care technologies and standards development.

“Philips is committed to interoperability in our customers’ multivendor environments and helping to enable safe and reliable functionality, with minimal cost while complying with industry standards and integration profiles,” said Wiggins. “As one of the original IHE participants, we are pleased to see many more vendors participate in IHE and help to make multi-vendor interoperability become a reality.”

The HIMSS 2011 Interoperability Showcase will demonstrate a full range of health IT solutions, live interoperability demonstrations and educational opportunities from February 21 to February 24 in booth #7343 in Hall E.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs 119,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 25.4 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

February 22, 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 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.