HL7 delivers healthcare interoperability standards

Sharing Clinical Documents and Integrating Workflow

Event held: Wednesday 9th April 2008, Oxford


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Event Details

Practical Solutions from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) 
Set up by IHE-UK Organisation and the British Computer Society

Optimal patient care requires efficient access to comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs). The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative accelerates the adoption of information standards needed to support EHRs world-wide. More than 200 vendors have implemented and tested products based on IHE specifications.

A major contribution to the enhancement of information and image sharing, using existing as well as new documents, has been made by IHE through the development of its Cross Enterprise Document Sharing specification. Applications that support this specification can be used to enhance communication within a hospital, a hospital group, a small or large community and on a global scale.

This important event in Oxford is being held during a week long interoperability testing session – the IHE-Europe Connectathon. During this week suppliers will be evaluated by international experts in proving that that their software can interoperate with the software of three other suppliers, as defined by the IHE specifications (based on broadly accepted IT and Healthcare standards). This one day meeting during the connectathon week will provide a strategic overview of IHE Cross Enterprise Document sharing including: sites within Europe where IHE document sharing is already being used,  how it may be applied within the context of shared clinical care within the UK and how it can be implemented in developing countries

The meeting is specifically designed to inform CEOs, CIOs, Financial Directors, Clinical Directors, IT / ICT Directors and Managers regarding the benefits of this efficient and cost effective implementation of technology for the enhancement of communication within healthcare in the UK. The meeting will be of significant interest to suppliers and those involved in planning the implementation of healthcare IT systems.  Full details in the Event flyer...>> 

Preliminary Programme (view pdf)


Registration and Coffee

Morning Session

Cross Enterprise Document Sharing in Practice


Lionel Jarvis QHS FRCR
Surgeon Commodore Royal Navy
Director of Medical Policy
Defence Medical Services Department


Document sharing on a global scale - Lionel Jarvis


IHE Document Sharing implementations

  • Italy: Document sharing installed within the hospital - live demonstration
    Claudio Saccavini University of Padua

  • Austria: Installed systems throughout lower Austria and national roll out.
    Stefan Sauermann University of Applied Sciences Vienna

  • France: Installed systems in Franche Comtée and Bretagne and the national PHR project
    Manuel Metz IHE IT Infrastructure co-chair

  • Canada: Plans for supra-regional access to images from EHR and Radiology systems.
    Alain Gauvin McGill University Health Centre

  • UK: Plans for sharing clinical documents in Wales
    Speaker TBA


The IHE Interoperability solution – Connectathon visit

Divide into 2 groups each to:

  1. Visit the connectathon to witness 65 different IT system suppliers working together to
    show that their system can interoperate with three other supplier’s systems

  2. Hear about the IHE philosophy of interoperability and benefits to users and suppliers –
    Charles Parisot GE Healthcare



Afternoon Session

Supporting Clinical Shared Care and Streamlining Procurement


Jeremy Thorp
Director of Information Systems and Business Architecture
NHS Connecting for Health


Introduction - Jeremy Thorp


Supporting clinical shared care in the UK and globally 
Dr Dipak Kalra CHIME






IT Professionalism in Health Care
Dr Mike Rodd BCS


The IHE Procurement process in the UK - benefits in practice
Andrew Ward, Purchasing, Welsh Health Estates


Wrap up – actions
Ian Herbert BCS Health Informatics Forum



17.00 – 18.00

Reception and opportunity to meet with European experts


Event Sponsors

IHE Europe, BIR, HL7 UK


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