ASIP Santé hosts meetings of three IHE International standardisation committees

Interopérabilité | 08 Mar 2012
From 6 to 9 February, as part of its sponsorship agreement with IHE International (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), a not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of standards in the field of e-health, ASIP Santé hosted the meetings of three technical committees working on the definition of profiles for standards to facilitate the structuring and sharing of electronic healthcare data – work essential to the development of the electronic health record.

Organised in Paris, this series of meetings is the first arranged in France by ASIP Santé since it renewed its agreement with the organisation IHE International in April 2011. This two-year agreement (or Memorandum of Understanding) makes ASIP Santé a preferred supplier of IHE International and gives it a key role in defining technical and semantic standards for the interoperability of health information systems on an international level.

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise International (IHE International) is a not-for-profit organisation which brings together the various e-health technology operators with the precise aim of drawing up profiles for standards relating to the computerisation, exchange and sharing of healthcare data. These IHE profiles will serve as guidelines for any e-health sponsors in the development of their projects. In France, these IHE profiles have been adopted in particular as part of the health information systems interoperability framework (CI-SIS) published by ASIP Santé, a reference standard drawn up on the basis of a series of such profiles. ASIP Santé plays several roles within IHE: it contributes to the profiles drawn up for these areas, and acts as the monitor-controller during annual interoperability test sessions organised on the continents of North America and Europe. Thus, ASIP Santé is involved from one end of the IHE standardisation process to the other: from defining requirements on an international level to roll-out on a national scale, including test phases on a continental level. The roll-out phase is stimulated by major national projects carried out by the agency such as the electronic health record. Specifications for the electronic health record are based on the health information systems interoperability framework (CI-SIS) in terms of both its technical infrastructure and the documents which are included.

ASIP Santé has welcomed 44 delegates, mainly doctors and engineers, from USA, Canada, Italy, Austria and Japan, for meetings of three of the four committees sponsored by the agency, as detailed below:
  1. The Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) Committee, which works on the technical infrastructure necessary for sharing and exchanging healthcare data. Meetings of this committee held between 6 and 9 March made progress particularly in relation to a new profile for “Mobile Health Devices”, which is intended to specify “XDS light” access for portable devices, including tablets. Furthermore, work focussed on the complete re-documentation of the IHE “XDS” (metadata) profile in order to make it clearer and more detailed. This work includes all work carried out by ASIP Santé ("Use of XDS.b in France, explanation of concepts, illustration of transactions") previously presented to the group at this meeting. This technical committee also stressed its interest in an English translation of version 1.0 of the foundations of the health information systems interoperability framework (CI-SIS), which is to be supplied shortly.
  2. The Patient Care Coordination (PCC) Committee, deals with the standardisation of the contents of health coordination documents. In particular, the working group has completed the definition of profiles applying the XDW description and process control profile to telemonitoring, to the prescription of examinations or consultations and to multidiscipline discussion meetings. 
  3. The Quality, Research and Public Health (QRPH) Committee, focusing on the computerisation of quality and organisational processes involved in the coordination of healthcare, worked on a review of the child health record (CSE in French) section of the health information systems interoperability framework (CI-SIS) for specifying the extension in France of the Mother and Child Health (MCH) profile, which covers the perinatal period. 
Note that the meetins of the 3 comitees have been broadcasted simultaneously worldwide, using web conference system, allowing other attendees to interact.   

The meeting of the fourth committee, the Laboratory (LAB) Committee, will take place from 29 to 31 May 2012 at the offices of ASIP Santé. This committee is drawing up profiles for the field of medical laboratory tests, relating to processes (prescription, execution, sampling, etc.) as well as to structuring of the contents. In particular, the XD-LAB profile defining the structure and the semantics of an electronic laboratory report, forms part of the health information systems interoperability framework (CI-SIS).

 These meetings of the IHE committees organised in France by ASIP Santé were very well received by all attendees, who thanked the ASIP Santé representatives for the quality of their work and the thoughtful and convivial organisation of these meetings. These excellent arrangements enabled maximum benefit to be drawn from the week’s meetings for the work that lies ahead.