A look at new IHE profiles for radiology
To date, there are 15 integration profiles within the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise initiative for use within radiology. Many of these are already commonly used and run the gamut from patient information profiles, scheduled workflow, post processing, and reporting. IHE profiles are being constantly adjusted to match changing needs in radiology and two of the new profiles were detailed yesterday during a SCAR U session on IHE at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM, formerly SCAR) in Austin, Texas.
The Import Reconciliation Workflow Profile is related to PDI (Portable Data For Imaging) from sources such as CDs. The profile address exporting and importing of data that must be in a appropriate formats in order to be readable by different systems. The profile allows for uniformity in, for example, CD formatting so that CDs can be read by disparate systems, said session section head David S. Channin, MD of Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Radiology. The profile essentially helps a user to identify what information on a disc has to be reconciled for it to be read on a different system and aids in making the necessary changes, Channin added.
In keeping up with the growing use of image fusion such as PET/CT, IHE has also established another profile that addresses the ability to convey registered data from one system to another for further processing, storage and display.
Considering the importance of these and other IHE profiles, Channin also urged attendees to insist on IHE compliance in all new devices which will he hopes will cause a “rise in tide” in IHE use.

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