IHE to host secure messaging Connectathon in Canberra

The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative is preparing to host a secure messaging “Connectathon” in Canberra.

To be held between 19-23 April, the event will provide software developers with an opportunity to test their products’ ability to interconnect with the products of other companies participating in the event. Interconnectivity describes the ability for software to communicate with other software, however the term does not necessarily imply that the data transmitted between the software products can be interpreted correctly by the receiving software.

The Connectathon is being convened to test vendor implementation of the Secure Message Delivery specifications developed by the eHealth PIP Working Group in the second half of 2009, a collaboration between the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA). Nearly 50 companies signed a commitment to the process, the outcomes of which are currently being reviewed by Standards Australia. As has occurred in previous years, the Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory will supervise the functional testing at the Connectathon.

It is envisaged that the event will be open to the public on Friday 23 April, giving interested parties the opportunity to see the extent to which software from various developers is able to interact. As has occurred following previous IHE Connectathons, participants will be able to demonstrate their products’ capabilities to a much wider audience as part of the IHE Showcase at the forthcoming Health Informatics Conference, to be held in Melbourne in late August this year.

Further information about the event is available from: http://www.ihe.net.au

Posted in Australian eHealth

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