Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
|Headquarters||Oak Brook, Illinois|
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a non-profit organization based in the US state of Illinois. It sponsors an initiative by the healthcare industry to improve the way computer systems share information. IHE was established in 1998 by a consortium of radiologists and information technology (IT) experts.
IHE created and operates a process through which interoperability of health care IT systems can be improved. The group gathers case requirements, identifies available standards, and develops technical guidelines which manufacturers can implement. IHE also stages "connectathons" and "interoperability showcases" in which vendors assemble to demonstrate the interoperability of their products.
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IHE is sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The eye care domain is sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
IHE integration profiles describe a clinical information need or workflow scenario and document how to use established standards to accomplish it. A group of systems that implement the same integration profile address the need/scenario in a mutually compatible way.
For example, the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standards specify many different formats for image data. A given set of images that might comply with some optional parts of the standards might still not be accepted by an application in use by a particular radiologist. Profiles reduce the chances of these incompatibilities.
A model for cross-enterprise document sharing called XDS allows hospitals to share electronic records that use the Health Level 7 (HL7) standards and LOINC codes. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs revised its plans in 1999 to adopt IHE recommendations.
IHE integration statements are prepared and published by a vendor to list the IHE profiles supported by a specific release of a specific product.
IHE technical frameworks are detailed documents which specify the integration profiles and associated actors (systems) and transactions. For example, one specification is for a common way of binding identification numbers to patients.
IHE connectathons are annual events where equipment vendors bring products with IHE profiles and test them with other vendors. The term "connectathon" was coined in the 1980s by Sun Microsystems for similar vendor-neutral interoperability testing of the Network File System protocols and related technologies. The events are held in Europe as well as the US.
Although in 2004 an estimate was that complete interoperability could be completed in ten years, by 2013 results were still mixed.
In 2013, co-chairs were David Mendelson, director of clinical informatics at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Elliot B. Sloane of the Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy and research professor at Drexel University.
- "Governance". Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise web site. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Michael Henderson, Fred M. Behlen, Charles Parisot, Eliot L. Siegel, and David S. Channin (2001). "Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise: A Primer: Part 4. The Role of Existing Standards in IHE". RadioGraphics (Radiological Society of North America) 21 (6): 1597–1603. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- David S. Mendelson, Peter R. G. Bak, Elliot Menschik, and Eliot Siegel (November 2008). "Image Exchange: IHE and the Evolution of Image Sharing". RadioGraphics (Radiological Society of North America) 28: 1817–1833. doi:10.1148/rg.287085174. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Kevin Coonan (August 30, 2012). "HL7/LOINC Document Ontology: Proposed Revision". Presentation for LOINC meeting. Deloitte Consulting. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Bong-Mun Jang, Joong Il Kim, Keon Ho Yang, Dong Hoon Han, Hyo Min Cho, Haijo Jung, Hee-Joung Kim (August 27, 2006). "Design and Implementation of the System Architecture for Sharing Medical Information Based on HL7-CDA among Hospitals by the XDS Model of IHE". World Congress of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (Springer) 14: 460–1833. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-36841-0_123. ISBN 978-3-540-36841-0. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "LOINC® Document Ontology Proposed Extension and Revision". LOINC meeting material. July 24, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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- Marco Eichelberg, Thomas Aden, and Wilfried Thoben (February 16, 2005). "Distributed Patient Identification Protocol based on Control Numbers with Semantic Annotation". Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Tim Gee (January 29, 2008). "IHE PCD Connectathon – Is Your Vendor There?". Medical Connectivity. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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- "Big Iron meets Big Data". European Hospital. May 22, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "IHE European Connectathon: Cross-border network expands". European Hospital. June 14, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Continua and the IHE Collaborate to Strengthen Outreach and Message". News release (Continua Health Alliance). October 28, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Neil Versel (June 8, 2013). "IHE releases draft implementation guide for mobile access to health data". Mobi Health News. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Interoperability in its 'last mile'?". Healthcare IT News. February 19, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Mount Sinai starts teleradiology program". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Elliot B. Sloane (July 26, 2010). "Wireless in Healthcare Issues & Lessons Learned". Presentation for AAMI. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
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