From 8 to 12 April Alessandro Sulis will represent CRS4 in Rennes as a member of the evaluation group in the IHE European Connectathon, the event where the main manufacturers of health information systems measure themselves on the topic of interoperability.
The Connectathon is one of the main initiatives of the international IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) consortium, which contributes to the improvement of the quality and efficiency of medical care by coordinating the work of standardization of clinical processes carried out by international experts with different backgrounds and purposes (clinicians, developers, researchers, manufacturers).
Through the Connectathon, IHE gives companies the opportunity to verify the interoperability of their products and, at the same time, is a fundamental test bench for the completeness of the guidelines drawn up by the Committees of different clinical domains (Radiology, Cardiology, Pathological Anatomy, laboratory, etc.). The results of Connectathon are of direct practical relevance, as compliance with IHE profiles is often a quality requirement in calls for tender for the procurement of clinical systems.
CRS4 is in the consortium since 2012, both as a member of the team of experts that judges the results of interoperability tests that take place during the Connectathon, and of the technical committees responsible for the publication of guidelines for laboratory analysis and pathological anatomy (Domain PaLM-Pathology and Laboratory Medicine). Currently, CRS4 is primarily responsible for the development of the Specimen Event Tracking Profile (SET), which was brought to the attention of the HL7 Orders and Observations working group last year, to propose a series of new HL7 messages to support the new profile.