EU Recognizes IHE Profiles for Procurement
On July 28, the European Commission announced its decision to identify 27 IHE profiles that should be referenced in public procurement documents for health IT systems throughout the European Union (EU) as part of its eHealth European Interoperability Framework (eEIF). The extensive list includes profiles that define standards-based interoperability for laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and enterprise information and communication systems, as well as health information exchanges. The Commission's announcement states, "The 27 IHE profiles have the potential to increase interoperability of eHealth services and applications to the benefit of patients and medical community." The full announcement and list of profiles, as published in the Official Journal of the European Union, are available here.
IICC Teams with IHE for Demonstration at AACC
The IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium (IICC) conducted a live plug-and-play demonstration of the IHE Laboratory Analyzer Workflow (LAW) profile at the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) July 26-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. In addition to exchanging work orders and test results using LOINC vocabulary, participants demonstrated features defined in the LAW Profile, including the rejection of a test order request by the analyzer, an analyzer reflex request, and an analyzer rerun request. Participating vendors had successfully tested their LAW Profile v1.4 implementations earlier in July at a "virtual" Connectathon event conducted remotely under the oversight of IHE Europe. The LAW profile was among those recently selected by the EU for its eHealth European Interoperability Framework (eEIF). Further information on the IICC demonstration is available here.
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