More than 100 systems and 70 companies have registered to participate in the next IHE European Connect-a-thon scheduled to take place during the eHealth Week in Berlin (April 15 – 20 2007). Participants of the Connect-athon now have three months to get their systems ready for the connectivity marathon. The first step in this preparation will take place in Berlin on February 7th and 8th with a two-day workshop. The Connect-a-thon serves as an industry- wide testing event where participants can test their implementations against those of other vendors. The output of the testing is a “scorecard” that lists the integration profile and actor combinations that each participant has successfully tested. The goal of the scorecard is to illustrate to industry and the user community that there is wide support for the profiles.
IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. Further information on IHE Europe can be found on the website mentioned below.