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IHE USA and Health Story Advance Sharing of the Patient Story

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon will include testing of the Health Story supported Consolidated CDA® during the largest health IT testing event in the United States.

CHICAGO – (July 25, 2012) – A patient’s clinical history offers detailed and valuable health information, data not always available in an accessible format in a digital medical record. To help simplify sharing that patient story with clinical data, IHE USA and the Health Story Project will offer testing of Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, known as Consolidated CDA, at the annual IHE North American Connectathon 2013, where health IT systems test information exchange across organizational boundaries to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of those systems.

The Health Story Project and IHE have collaborated closely since the project’s inception in 2008. This alliance leverages IHE integration profiles and the Consolidated CDA standard from Health Level Seven International (HL7) to offer a clear communication path and common language for health IT standards. 

As the adoption of interoperable health IT systems continues to grow under the mandate of the HITECH Act, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently referenced use of Consolidated CDA as a proposed requirement for Stage 2 meaningful use of EHR systems. The potential ruling has accelerated efforts toward adoption of Consolidated CDA and the resulting need for testing to validate CDA content with IHE integration profiles at the IHE Connectathon.

The Connectathon offers a timely and efficient testing option, since the 2013 event will be held in Chicago from Jan. 28 - Feb. 2, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive. In January 2012, the IHE North American Connectathon reached record-breaking participation, with over 120 participating organizations testing more than 150 systems advancing the health IT industry and patient safety.

“We produce over a billion clinical documents in the U.S. each year—it’s a tremendous source of clinical information that is underutilized in current computer-based record systems,” said Joy Kuhl, executive director, Health Story Project.  “Having information from clinical documents available in a CDA-structured format will make it easier for providers to participate in quality reporting, improvement, research and other activities.”  

“Offering Consolidated CDA testing with Health Story at the 2013 Connectathon will help vendors prepare for upcoming meaningful use Stage 2 and certification testing,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president, IHE USA.  “We are pleased to collaborate with Health Story to bring this testing opportunity to the industry.”