IHE demonstrations expand technological advancements

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CHICAGO, Nov. 25—Demonstrations by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative at the 93rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) this week in Chicago aim to empower radiologists in the expanding EHR environment and enable them to create and manage digital teaching files more easily. Vendors are showcasing products specifically designed image sharing integration and a new RSNA-hosted teaching file service also is debuting.

RSNA and the HIMSS debuted IHE a decade ago to improve patient care by standardizing the way health systems exchange information. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate, are easier to implement and enable healthcare providers to use information more effectively, according to David E. Avrin, MD, chair of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee.

At mid-morning today, the IHE presentation already was gathering a crowd at its various displays, where attendees can experience the image-sharing network. Demonstrations begin every 20 to 30 minutes at the centralized demonstration area in Lakeside Learning Center, where scientific posters also are on display.

IHE is expanding its reach to address the exchange of EHRs and integration across the spectrum of care, said Avrin, which comes as the federal government presses forward with its plans to develop, test and launch networks for sharing EHRs.

Again, RSNA is featuring an IHE Image Sharing Demonstration, highlighting the methods that the initiative has implemented to share medical images across a health information exchange network. At the Lakeside Learning Center, vendors and research groups are performing real clinical scenarios that emphasize the development of patient history over a series of encounters at different sites and the ability to access the complete history at each site.

For the first time, IHE-compliant products are being showcased on the RSNA Technical Exhibits floor. A special demonstration area features products compliant with the IHE Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export profile. The systems send images to the new prototype of RSNA’s My MIRC Files, a web-based file system that enables radiologists both in the academic setting and clinical practice to digitally store teaching files.

 “The combination of TCE-compliant workstations and My MIRC Files will enable radiologists to conveniently select, anonymize and export clinical images and create pre-formatted electronic teaching files,” Avrin said. “We are excited to offer these demonstrations. They give attendees the opportunity to be a part of an experience that is revolutionizing healthcare image sharing and communication.”