Just yesterday, we announced the exciting news that Corepoint Integration Engine was one of only eight health IT vendors to receive the new 2013 IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More USA Certification.

The new certification is a joint initiative of IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More USA and ICSA LabsICSA Labs serves one of the ONC-ATCB for electronic health record (EHR) certification. ICSA Labs was... More and builds on specifications from the ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Of... More. The program is designed to give purchasers of health IT products peace of mind that certified products are suitable for health data exchange and have passed tough interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More requirements.  

I asked Senior Integration Specialist Ben Levy, who led Corepoint Health’s efforts to become certified, about the testing involved with the certification, the importance of IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More profiles, and thoughts on how future Connectathons can be improved.

1. The new 2013 IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More USA Certification program recently announced the eight health IT vendors that were able to meet their rigorous security and interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More requirements. Since you successfully spearheaded Corepoint Health's application and testing process in Chicago earlier this year, can you describe how the testing process worked?

Ben Levy, Corepoint Health Expertben: the ihe connectathon tests compliance with iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More integration profiles. this allows testing and improvement of iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More profiles across many vendor systems, and lets vendors demonstrate that their applications successfully interoperate using those profiles. certification tested a select subset of those iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More integragion profiles, but the testing was much more detailed than the standard compliance testing. 

corepoint health and the other vendors had to complete the compliance testing that is required of connectathon participants, then we had to survive extra scrutiny by icsa personnel. many of the compliance tests are partially or fully automated. certification involved icsa personnel witnessing the successful use of the iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More integration profiles in real time and validating details that connectathon compliance tests do not.

2. since the certification process occurred, you were selected to be a iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More usa committee member. after undergoing the iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More usa certification process, what type of suggestions, such as added testing or changes to the process, did you bring to the board? 

ben: we suggested not certifying any pre-connectathon activities as it did not seem to apply to certification. we also encouraged icsa to automate some of their testing because time during connectathon week is precious and goes by quickly. 

along the same lines, we suggested that they bring more people next year.  🙂

3. iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More profiles are key to health information exchange in the u.s., yet it seems there are few organizations – including formal hieHealth Information Exchange (HIE) focuses on the mobilization of healthcare information electronical... More organizations  successfully exchanging health data, and by exchanging i mean provider-to-provider exchange. what primary reasons do you think are preventing true data exchange? 

ben: i heard someone say ten years ago that interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More would not happen until it was either profitable or mandated. that has to be at least a contributing factor.  without meaningful use mandates, ccdContinuity of Care Document (CCD) The HL7 CCD is the result of a collaborative effort between the He... More would not have the wide recognition it has today. likewise, xds, pixPatient Identifier Cross Referencing (PIX) What it is used for: Cross-referencing multiple local pat... More, and other iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More integration profiles have been around for years, but are just now showing up as features in products and line items in rfps.

privacy is something else that i hope is a factor. iheIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More integration profiles like xds make it much easier to share health data with entities outside your enterprise. but should you? did you get the patients' consent? how do you do that, how do you track it, and how granular is that consent? hopefully people are considering these types of questions from a patient's perspective.

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