Initiate Systems shows new software, demonstrates RHIO interoperability
Initiate Systems Inc. demonstrated its patient identification and interoperability capabilities at the HIMSS 2006 conference this week in San Diego. The company previewed Initiate Identity Hub 7 software, a real-world demonstration of Initiate software at the Interoperability Showcase, and provided a customer presentation on accurate patient ID.

"Accurate patient identification and interoperability of healthcare information are critical issues in the rapidly changing healthcare industry," said Scott Harper, senior vice president and general manager, Initiate's healthcare practice. "Many of the largest healthcare providers have selected Initiate software because it provides the most accurate and scalable EMPI available and enables interoperability, while protecting data privacy and security."

The new healthcare-specific capabilities of the company’s lastest version of Initiate Identity Hub software will increase the accuracy and availability of patient data throughout the healthcare organization and streamline interoperability and data integration. Initiate Identity Hub 7 software will provide a complete and customizable view of patient and provider information to multiple systems; automatically update internal and external source applications and databases with new patient or provider information; allow users to fine tune algorithms and weight tables for greater control and flexibility; and support Health Level Seven (HL7) Query Response, the company said.
Initiate exhibited its EMPI software at the Interoperability Showcase, which is designed as a HIMSS Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). Various clinical scenarios displayed how standards-based integration in a Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) framework can allow companies to incorporate interoperability into their frameworks. Initiate Identity Hub™ software facilitates the integration and interoperability of participating healthcare systems such as EHRs, PACS and clinical repositories to provide the most accurate and complete patient identity via HL7 message integration.

Last month, Initiate Identity Hub software passed the IHE’s Patient Identifier Cross-reference (PIX) Manager Profile and the Patient Demographics Query (PDQ) Manager Profile tests at Connectathon, a weeklong interoperability-testing event. Connectathon allows participating companies to test their implementation of IHE capabilities with corresponding systems from industry peers.