At this year's edition of the European Connectathon a new IHE Domain for pharmacy that enables electronic prescription exchanges in both hospital and community settings was tested for the first time, and the first European testing of the IHE Domain for personal care devices was successfully completed. The development of two new IHE Domains for endoscopy and dental were also announced. "The clear success of the European Connectathon is in bringing together stakeholders from diverse groups for hands-on problem-solving that contributes to real progress advancing interoperability between healthcare systems," said Peter Kunecke, the Co-Chair of IHE-Europe representing vendors.
According to Jacqueline Surugue, the User Co-Chair for IHE-Europe, "The remarkable achievement at this year's Connectathon was extending the open collaboration methods of IHE-Europe to create a cooperative environment where decision makers could find a way forward to meet the complex challenges in improving healthcare delivery for patients." In further news from the association, during the IHE-Europe General Assembly at the Connectathon, Jacqueline Surugue was re-elected to a new two-year term as User Co-Chair. Further updates on next year's edition of the IHE-Europe Connectathon will be reported in this journal.