IHE releases Connectathon results, prepares for conference Showcases

IHE Australia has released the official results from its “Connectathon”, which was held over the course of a week in late April.

During an IHE Connectathon, software developers endeavour to enhance their products and demonstrate an ability to exchange data with other relevant systems. If successful in this process, software vendors are able to publish a conformance statement, providing purchasers with an authoritative, independent guide to their product’s abilities.

Thirteen participants took part in the Connectathon, which focused on achieving interconnectivity using the new Standards Australia Technical Specification for E-Health Secure Message Delivery (SMD). The Specification was developed during a collaborative process involving Australian Health IT software developers and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and was released in its final state in early March this year.

Of these, the eight vendors shown in Table 1 were able to achieve successful results during the course of the event.

IHE Australia was contracted by the Department of Health and Ageing to run the Connectathon under established IHE rules and procedures. To support the event, IHE Australia commissioned the expertise of the Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory (AHML) to develop procedures and a secure messaging test facility.

Since the Connectathon, IHE Australia has commenced preparations for its annual IHE Showcase, which provides vendors with an opportunity to demonstrate the interoperability capabilities of their products to HIC2010 conference attendees. Pending sufficient interest by participating vendors, for the first time, the Showcase may also be rolled out at other relevant conferences later in the year.

In addition to SMD, this year’s Showcase will focus on the capacity of the IHE Cross Enterprise Document Share (XDS) and Imaging (XDS-I) profiles to be positioned as a standards-based foundation for personal health records initiatives.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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