Second meeting of IHE International standardization committees, organized by ASIP Santé

Interopérabilité | 09 Oct 2012
From 29 to 31 May this year, ASIP Santé hosted experts from around the world for work on standards for information systems in biomedical analysis. This series of meetings was part of the sponsorship agreement with IHE International (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), and in 2012 it was held in France for the second time, at the agency's offices.
In our article of 8 March 2012 (in French), we presented the work carried out by ASIP Santé for IHE International (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), which is a non-profit standardization organization is involved in e-health. IHE brings together international experts to create standards or "IHE profiles" that make it easier to exchange healthcare data. These experts are divided into committees, each covering a different area of medical information technology.

ASIP Santé is the sponsor of four of these IHE fields: information technology infrastructure; research quality and public health; care coordination; and biomedical laboratory analysis. The agency organized meetings in the first three areas last February, and the meeting on biomedical laboratory analysis took place with the international committee, from 29 to 31 May. 

This committee is called "Lab" and it creates profiles for biomedical laboratory science, both for processes (request, testing, specimen taking etc) and for the structure of the contents. Specifically, the XD-LAB profile defines the structure and semantics of an electronic lab report, and is part of the interoperability framework for healthcare information systems (CI-SIS), which is published by the agency (in French). 
In its capacity as sponsor and co-chair in this area, ASIP Santé co-led this meeting, which involved over 25 experts (biomedical scientists, pathologists, healthcare software publishers, and diagnostic instrumentation industry bodies) from Europe, the United States and Japan. 

There were also several participants from Parisian public hospitals, who described their experiences of Lab profiles in their facilities.

The meeting was highly productive and led to advances in three projects in this area :
  • Improvement of the new "Laboratory Analytical Workflow" profile, which governs exchanges between the information system in a laboratory and automated diagnostic instruments in the same laboratory;
  • Construction of a new profile called "Laboratory Clinical Communication", which will partially automate communications between laboratory scientists and clinicians, via amendment of requests for investigations;
  • Preparation of a new version (4.0) of the IHE Laboratory technical framework, which will be published in late summer on
The last half-day was a joint session with the anatomical pathology committee, with a debate on interoperable solutions that could potentially be reused in other areas, particularly the sharing of diagnostic images and communications with analyzers.

It should be noted that the « Structured laboratory report » (Pdf in French) reference standard, which is published by ASIP Santé, is also a profile from this IHE Laboratory field. All profiles developed from it use LOINC international terminology to code laboratory test results. ASIP Santé has supported the translation of this terminology into French.

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