Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise to host software-evaluation event

A meeting to discuss electronic health records (EHRs) has been set up by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) organisation in association with the BCS. The event will take place in Oxford on 9 April 2008.

A meeting to discuss electronic health records (EHRs) has been set up by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) organisation in association with the BCS. The event will take place in Oxford on 9 April 2008.

The meeting is intended to inform CEOs, CIOs, financial directors and clinical directors about the benefits of deploying technology to improve communication within the healthcare sector. The meeting will also be of interest to suppliers and those involved in planning the implementation of healthcare IT systems.

It is widely recognised that efficient access to comprehensive EHRs is needed in the healthcare sector. The IHE initiative aims to accelerate the adoption of universal EHRs through developing the global information standards needed to support EHRs. So far, more than 200 suppliers have implemented and tested products based on IHE's specifications.

This event is being held during the IHE-Europe Connectathon, a week-long interoperability testing session. During this session, software will be evaluated by an international team of experts to demonstrate that it can interoperate with the products of three other suppliers. This one-day meeting will provide a strategic overview of IHE Cross Enterprise Document Sharing initiative, including:

- Sites within Europe where IHE document sharing is already being used

- How the standard may be applied within the context of shared clinical care within the UK

- How it can be implemented in developing countries

The meeting will include:

- A review of clinical requirements for a single application to access local documents and documents available via the NHS Spine

- A review of use of the IHE methodology to streamline the purchasing of interoperable systems and save resources

- The scope for IHE document sharing on a global scale

More details on the event can be found on the BCS website.

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