IHE releases Connectathon results, announces new Quality domain

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Results from the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North America 2007 Connectathon in Chicago last month have been released, highlighting the successes of the participating companies in having their applications share patient data within and across hospitals and healthcare systems.
Initiatives in the U.S. and around the world are striving to enable the exchange of electronic health records (EHRs) across networks of providers to improve care delivery. Through IHE, the physician community and the healthcare IT industry are implementing standards-based solutions to make this possible.
In all, 80 organizations participated in the 2007 Connectathon, testing the interoperability of more than 160 systems and applications. Detailed data, including previous years’ results, is available online at http://www.ihe.net/Connectathon/results.
“By building on established standards and fostering communication between users and healthcare IT vendors, IHE and the Connectathon are advancing health information exchange by creating the shareable frameworks that become the basis for interoperable, accessible and secure patient information systems,” said Didi Davis, director of IHE, HIMSS. “Interoperable systems are the foundation of the EHR and the nationwide health information network, providing clinicians secure access to the comprehensive patient information they need to make fully informed medical decisions.”
The event was sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
During the Connectathon, IHE also announced that it intends to launch a Quality Domain to address the infrastructure needed to share information relevant to quality improvement. The Domain will be sponsored by HIMSS, RSNA, ACC and the American Heart Association. Those who would like to learn more about the IHE Quality Domain should visit www.ihe.net/quality to obtain detailed information regarding future teleconferences and meetings.