IHE-Europe News Pulse January 2021
North American Connectathon® 1-5 March 2021 ONLINE
For over 20 years, IHE Connectathons have played a vital role in improving real world health outcomes, ensuring many different kinds of health IT systems are interoperable and can effectively share data. In response to the COVID-19 global health emergency, the healthcare standards community is coming together to support the greater global good at the 2021 IHE North American Connectathon, held virtually from March 1-5, 2021. To ensure health IT solutions are designed to share interoperable health data, IHE’s open-source testing platform – Gazelle – has been enhanced for more comprehensive remote testing and extended with new capabilities to support FHIR® conformance testing, CDA documents and more. Alongside the Connectathon’s robust testing environment, 2021 IHE NA Connectathon attendees will also be able to gain expertise and hands-on experience through leveraging standards-based resources to impact interoperability at home and around the world through three Standards Acceleration tracks designed to support:
- Global Health – Establishing unique IDs for health for underserved populations in real time; supporting COVID-19 care continuity and case tracking; administering COVID-19 vaccinations and generating portable, verifiable immunisation records.
- Local Health – Health Information Exchange (HIE), electronic case reporting and public health data access.
- Personal Health – medical device development cycle, deploying health apps and effective public health integration.
Now in the Cloud, there has never been a better time to be part of a unique experience where the health IT industry comes together preparing to deploy standards for the real world! There is still time to register but note that the registration closes 29 January 2021. For more info check here.
IHE Profiles for Personal Device Interoperability
MedTech Europe, the European Trade Association for the Medical Technology Industry, held a very successful webinar, 13 January 2021, on ‘The New Landscape of Patient Care Device Interoperability’.
Personal medical devices help patients and citizens to keep track of their health, monitor and improve their lifestyles and manage chronic and other conditions. If they are interoperable, they can send health data to healthcare professionals, authorised formal and informal carers, and electronic health records, empowering remote monitoring solutions, delivering distanced care, advanced data analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Critical to interoperability are the commitment to open standards and specifications that help overcome persistent data silos and realise the transformation of health and social care.
This outstanding webinar explored how the medical technology industry can access IHE knowledge and expertise and contributes to the IHE community – hence advance patient care.
Leading interoperability experts from HIMSS, MedTech and IHE considered the impact of the PCHAlliance (Continua) collaboration with IHE and looked at new directions for profiles with regards to medical devices, testing and conformity assessment.
Even today the lack of interoperability is still the biggest single barrier for digital health deployment, so stakeholder engagement, training and education are hence crucial to future progress. Check out the available webinar recording.