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November 1, 2014
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:
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:
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:
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. The establishment of "IHE Asia-Pacific" is now in progress. For updates, subscribe to the IHE Australia e-Mail list.
HL7 eHealth Standards & IHE International NewsHealthcare IT Leaders Embrace Federal Interoperability Plans
Friday, 17th October 2014
The federal government's top health IT advisors Wednesday made important recommendations on how public and private stakeholders should progress towards interoperability in healthcare. Leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) embraced the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, calling them a significant step forward in achieving the promise of information technology in healthcare. CHIME and HL7 also highlighted the need to incorporate critical enhancements to standards currently under development for Meaningful Use Stage 3.
CHIME, HL7 Working Together to Address Challenges to Achieving Interoperability
Monday, 13th October 2014
As part of a partnership to advance interoperability in healthcare, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) are continuing to work together to promote a standardized approach for exchanging healthcare information.
HL7 Announces AEGIS as Newest Benefactor
Monday, 6th October 2014
Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced that AEGIS.net, Inc. (AEGIS) has become the organization's latest benefactor member. As a benefactor, AEGIS supports HL7's goal of achieving healthcare interoperability that will lead to better health outcomes and improve security and patient safety.
HL7 and IHTSDO Strengthen Collaboration: Close Coordination Will Facilitate Adoption of Standards-Based Healthcare Implementations
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
Health Level Seven International (HL7) and IHTSDO today announced a two-year agreement to support the adoption of working practices that facilitate the use of IHTSDO standards with HL7 standards. This new agreement expands their collaborative relationship that began in 2009 and aims to improve healthcare on a global scale by advancing interoperability efforts.
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