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What is IHE?

"Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise" (IHE) fills the "gap" between the creation of e-Health standards and their implementation.  IHE is not "Yet Another Standard" but is the missing link between standards development and compliant implementations.  IHE supports vendors and implementers in effectively building compliant healthcare computing systems and interfaces based on global standards such as HL7 and DICOM.

IHE develops and maintains the IHE "profiles" which provide precise implementation specifications, based on established international standards, for specific health IT interoperability needs.  These profiles provide guidance that details required actions for health IT systems with many different functions to acquire, manage and communicate vital medical information effectively, while supporting efficient provider workflows and protecting private health information.

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IHE Australia Mission Statement

IHE Australia is an open not-for-profit initiative that supports the interoperability needs of e-Health Standards users in Australia.  IHE Australia is the official local deployment group of IHE International.  IHE International is endorsed by over 230 professional and Standards organisations, healthcare providers and vendors world-wide.  IHE Australia has local responsibility for the promotion and education of the IHE approach, the evaluation, localisation and creation of Integration Specifications ("Profiles") and the running of local conformance testing events ("Connectathons") according to the IHE International guidelines, ISO 28380 TR and Australian best practice.  IHE derives its Profiles from existing global and local standards, but is not a Standards Development Organisation.

IHE Australia supports the Australian e-Health Standards Implementer Community by:

  • Managing a user-led and industry-driven IHE process to establish an agreed suite of fit-for-purpose Integration Specifications ("Profiles") for Australia
  • Evaluating the existing IHE International Profiles against the requirements of the Australian e-Health Standards Implementation Community
  • Localising IHE International Profiles according to agreed Australian requirements
  • Creating IHE Australia Profiles to address real-world user integration issues based on Australian Standards, national e-health infrastructure and Australian best practices
  • Educating and championing the importance of IHE Profiles for effective interoperability of standards-based systems
  • Promoting IHE as the most effective process to achieve the interoperability of deployed systems in healthcare
  • Developing skills and knowledge of the IHE integration testing ("Connectathon") methodology and tools
  • Holding IHE Connectathons, Interoperability Showcases and other events to support the Australian e-Health Standards Implementation Community

Because of its critical function in the systems implementation life-cycle, IHE has since 2004 been supported by leading e-Health organisations in the Asia-Pacific region: HL7 Australia, MSIA, HL7 New Zealand, HISA as well as RANZCR and ADIA.

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IHE Australia Events

IHE Australia 2012 Events

The aims of the 2012 IHE Australia Connectathon were to test software vendors’ capabilities in establishing an XDS.b Registry and Repository and to test actors for Document Consumer and Document Source using test data, publicly available template summaries for the Australian PCEHR in CDA format, Patient Care Coordination (PCC) documents, and radiology images and reports (XDS-I).

IHE Australia 2011 Events

IHE Australia held a series of events in the week of 18 - 22 July 2011 in Melbourne:

  • 18 & 19 July 2011: Connecting Health Services to the PCEHR/HIEs Workshop
  • 20 - 22 July 2011: 20 - 22 July 2011: IHE XDSb Profile Testing Workshop
  • 20 July 2011: HL7 Australia CDA & V2 Forum
  • 21 July 2011: IHE Education Seminar

2010 saw IHE Australia again holding the annual Connectathon and Showcase in Australia.

In 2009, IHE Australia continued the successful series of annual interoperability demonstrations in Australia with a series of events that will enable e-health systems vendors, purchasers, users, healthcare professionals, etc. to:

  • Learn and understand the concepts and practice of IHE
  • Participate in the IHE Connectathon & Interoperability Showcase
  • Observe and prepare for full participation in 2009

In 2008 the following IHE education events were held in Australia:

What is IHE Australia?

IHE Australia was approved as a National IHE Deployment Committee by the IHE International Board in February 2009.  It is governed by a Board and has a seat on the IHE International Board.  For updates, subscribe to the IHE Australia e-Mail list.

HL7 eHealth Standards & IHE International News

Health Level Seven Announces New Board Members, Fellows and Volunteer of the Year Awards
Wednesday, 13th September 2017
San Diego, CA – September 13, 2017 – Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced election results for its Board of Directors and Technical Steering Committee at the 31st Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting in San Diego, CA.  The 2017 HL7 Fellows and the 2017 recipients of the W.  Edward Hammond, PhD, Volunteer of the Year Awards were also recognized at the event.

HL7 Publishes First Domain Analysis Model for Clinical Sequencing
Monday, 10th April 2017
Health Level Seven® International (HL7®), the global authority for interoperability in healthcare information technology and the home of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard, today announced that it has published the HL7 Domain Analysis Model: Clinical Sequencing, a model which captures precision medicine's use cases to facilitate interoperability of genetic and genomic data.  This domain analysis model (DAM) was the basis for the design of FHIR Genomics, the genomics components designed under purview of the HL7 Clinical Genomics Work Group within FHIR Release 3.  The DAM has also served as the foundation for underlying use cases selected for the Sync for Genes (www.sync4genes.org) program.

HL7 Announces Value-Based Care Summit Focused on HL7® FHIR®
Wednesday, 29th March 2017
Health Level Seven® International (HL7®), the global authority for interoperability in healthcare information technology and the home of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard, today announced that the HL7 Value-Based Care FHIR Summit will take place on April 11 and 12, 2017 in Chicago, IL.  The event will be co-hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), Microsoft and the AHIP Innovation Lab.  The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how FHIR can support value-based care and highlight how the standard is being successfully implemented to solve some of today's interoperability challenges.  It will include discussions and demonstrations of the technologies that enable improved provider-payer collaboration for information exchange, which is essential to the transition to the value-based care model.

HL7 Announces Winners of FHIR Applications Roundtable of Real-World FHIR Solutions
Monday, 27th March 2017
Health Level Seven® International (HL7®), the global authority for interoperability in healthcare information technology and home to the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard, today announced the winners of the second FHIR® applications roundtable, an event focused on showcasing FHIR-based solutions in use in today's healthcare industry.  The organization also announced that the presentation slides and video recordings are now freely available to view on the HL7 website.  The HL7 FHIR® Applications Roundtable was held at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina on March 7 and 8, 2017 and highlighted 39 FHIR-based solutions available today.

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