Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by health care professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in health care share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.
The IHE North American Connectathon is the health care industry’s largest, most rigorous interoperability testing event. Hundreds of industry’s top leaders gather annually to collaborate and test implementations of IHE Profiles and other world-class standards to prove and improve their product’s interoperability functionality. IHE’s unique testing environment allows vendors to test, re-test, and debug their systems in collaboration with industry colleagues working together toward a shared goal.