IHE USA Certification Testing Successful at the North American Connectathon

March 5, 2013


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Joyce Lofstrom

March 4, 2013                                                                              

IHE USA Certification Testing Successful at the North American Connectathon

     NEW ORLEANS, LA – IHE USA successfully completed the inaugural Certification Testing event held in conjunction with the recent IHE 2013 North American Connectathon in Chicago.  Eight vendors participated in this first-ever pilot event, and performed testing to specified requirements for the IHE USA Certification pilot conducted by ICSA Labs, a third-party testing and certification body.

     As a pilot, the learnings of this inaugural event will be evaluated to clarify and improve processes going forward.  Additionally, IHE USA is forming an Industry Advisory Panel, and ICSA Labs is forming a Technical Advisory Workgroup to provide guidance in evaluating the pilot program.

     “We are overjoyed at the response by the healthcare IT vendor community in recognizing the value of this certification,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of Informatics at HIMSS, “and we appreciate ICSA Lab’s willingness to become the charter group to undertake the rigorous steps that will significantly raise the quality bar by verifying that standards-based, certified interoperability is built into products that reach the marketplace.”

     As prescribed by the standardized policies and procedures ICSA Labs uses to guide the testing and certification processes, test results will be analyzed, and candidates for certification will be formally submitted to the ICSA Labs Certification Body for completion of the final steps.

     The ICSA Labs team of testing analysts at the Connectathon initiated Certification Pilot Testing on products that successfully completed Connectathon tests. 

     “The vendors who elected to submit products for certification worked closely with the team and provided a great deal of time and energy to ensure that we were able to complete the testing during the Connectathon week,” said Amit Trivedi, program manager for the Healthcare Certification program at ICSA Labs. “This represents a significant step forward for the health IT industry.”

     In addition to the eight vendors who tested for Certification, several others who were not current Certification candidates agreed to participate as “supportive partners” to enable a complete environment of end-to-end tests that represent real-world healthcare interoperability. 

     “The participation of the supportive partners illustrates the level of commitment that embodies the IHE Connectathon event, and the positive feedback regarding the certification pilot demonstrates the health IT community’s desire to ensure products that leverage advanced IHE interoperability functions are delivered to the market so that communication among the healthcare profession can be enhanced.” added Trivedi.

     The IHE USA Certification Program is designed to complement the value of peer-to-peer Connectathon testing by adding increased rigor so that Certification represents high quality.  IHE USA would like to thank the IHE North American Connectathon management team, the Gazelle Tool development team from Europe, the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology of Gaithersburg MD for their support and assistance with test tool development.

     For more information at HIMSS13,  attend  the “IHE USA Certification:  Raising the Bar,” a presentation in the Interoperability Showcase Theatre (La Nouvelle Ballroom – Level 2 at the HIMSS Annual Conference) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm CST. 

Vendors who provided products for Certification:
Baxter Healthcare Corporation, B. Braun Medical, Inc., Care Fusion Corporation, Corepoint Health, Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., Hospira Inc., InterSystems Corporation and Massimo Corporation. 

Vendors who agreed to be Supportive Partners:
Care Evolution, Inc., Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems Corporation, and Tiani-Spirit US, Inc.

IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc.