IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care.
IHE holds periodically test and validation events in Europe, North America and Asia to allow proper verification and validation of systems claiming conformance to IHE Profiles. The IHE Technical Frameworks define specific implementations of established standards to achieve effective systems integration, facilitate appropriate sharing of medical information and support optimal patient care.
Both in Italy and in Europe many examples prove the importance of open and shared products and protocols. In Austria the IHE model was adopted as principal reference in the Elga project; in September 2017 Switzerland launched the Projectathon with the aim to certify IHE products.
Promoting interoperability and the use of open standards is something totally in line with EU procedures. Indeed, many EU presentations and meeting take place during IHE events.
Every year IHE promotes the Connectathon, a five-day ‘connectivity marathon’ for testing the interoperability of health information systems.
The IHE-Europe Connectathon provides a unique opportunity for vendors to test the interoperability of their products in a structured environment with peer vendors. Participants test against multiple vendors using real world clinical scenarios following IHE Integration Profiles specifications. The annual IHE Connectathon affords all companies, large and small, the opportunity to test their own products, across a variety of domains including Radiology, Cardiology, Pathology, Patient Care Devices, Patient Care Coordination, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and IT Infrastructure, along with those of their peer vendors.
The results published in the Connectathon Result Matrix imply that those companies have successfilly tested one or more products implementing the mentioned integration profiles and actors.
Bit4id attended the 2018 edition of the IHE Connectathon, where the company presented and certified Hylos (Hyper Log System), a scalable and complete corporate solution used to collect logs and events from router, PC and server, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EU 2016/679.
The GDPR (the EU’s new data privacy law) highlighted the importance of protecting personal data in an increasingly connected and complex digital system. Checking “who does what” in the entire process is important to guarantee internal security and to prove data integrity, so it is necessary to introduce a new system to collect logs and events, that makes it possible to keep track of users’ activities and to monitor login events and the processing of personal data.
Attending the Connectathon, Bit4id presented Hylos in an international event and tested its interoperability with the solutions of 150 different vendors. It was also possible to check protocols and product performances.
Hylos is an ATNA (Audit Trail and Node Authentication) profile-based solution, compliant with IHE Profiles. It meets the strictest operative needs with high performances using encryption, digital signature, digital time stamp and a blockchain system for data storage.