Connecting health care providers with standards:
  • Sharing medical imaging for radiology and photography
  • Medical Devices connecting to E.M.R.
  • FHIR use in IHE standards

Sunday 6th July, Brisbane Convention Centre

Registration, coffee and networking
8.30am – 10am
Introduction to Health Standards (for newcomers)
Medical Imaging and DICOM WEB/HL7 FHIR use in IHE profiles:
10am- 12.30
Medical Devices:
2pm – 4.30 pm
Networking event and drinks

Make the most of your trip to Brisbane for HIC 17 – warm up with IHE
This workshop covers a range of topics related to electronic health communication of interest to health providers, managers and IT industry. The unifying theme is building on and purchasing health communication standards. And as with all conferences it is as much about who you meet as what you learn

1. Diagnostic Imaging exchange
Australia is still grappling with how to support the electronic exchange of diagnostic imaging to support patient care, during transfers between hospitals, and to make community and hospital diagnostic images available to medical specialists. IHE has developed the standards for imaging on CDs, and there is increasing use of “portals” to provide image access, however these types of solutions are targeted at imaging for the referrer and do not support easy wider access to images. With DI reports starting to appear in the national MyHealthRecord, the potential to link to images is appealing. The MyEHR technology uses products based on IHE’s document exchange architecture and standards (XDS-I), which were extended many years ago to include access to images. This part of the workshop will explore options for widespread Diagnostic Imaging exchange in Australia.

2. Clinical Imaging exchange
Clinical images are becoming much more useful in healthcare delivery. The potential for ad hoc and planned medical photography to support patient care and monitor outcomes is being increasingly recognized with the widespread use of mobile phone cameras and messaging images in clinical settings. Clinician led developments are often ahead of the capacity of IT system and information governance to deal with them and create potential privacy and medical documentation issues.
Telehealth has been encouraged via various programs and funding incentives, however its use is limited to real time video consultations. The use of images using a send, store and retrieve model to support “asynchronous telehealth” would support a wider range of remote patient services and augment existing telehealth models. Such models are well established in radiology, but are yet to be widespread in other specialities dealing with images such as dermatology, ENT, and cardiology device monitoring. Medicare support for telehealth is lagging the needs of patients and capacity of technology. The capacity to store and exchange medical images to support this type of telehealth is a key component, along with reform of the health insurance system to support broader and more efficient models of telehealth.

3. HL7 FHIR and DICOM Web – emerging standards for communication
While communication standards such as HL7v2, CDA and IHE profiles are widely used, industry is ready to adopt some new standards for communication such as Restful services and Json and incorporate these into mainstream standards. HL7 FHIR is taking that forward and in the imaging world DICOM Web is doing likewise. A significant number of IHE profiles are now on the HL7 FHIR and DICOM Web pathway. While this is a technical subject, health IT professionals and managers need to know about HL7 FHIR as vendors are now starting to talk about it in their marketing.

4. Medical Device Connectivity – linking patient care to EHR
With increasing adoption of EMR in hospitals, and emerging home care strategies, the potential to move data from medical monitoring devices (e.g. vital signs, cardiology implantable devices, infusion pumps) to EMR is becoming a reality. When collected in real time such data can be processed to identify patient deterioration – “outside the flags” and better manage machine alerts.
Hospitals need to consider how to move integration of vital signs from the ICU to ED and the wards, along with connection with therapeutic devices such as infusion pumps and emerging integrated e-medication management. The monitors and medical equipment purchased today have long lifespans and will need to connect to tomorrows EHRs - thinking standards could be a smart choice.
With the increasing use of computer based devices, the issue of how to maintain and update these devices and prevent them from being the “open door” for security breach has to be addressed. The workshop will examine approaches to device security.

IHE working with core machine communication standards organisations has developed a set of Integration profiles covering the core integration scenarios.
Vendors of EMR, middleware and medical device products will be invited to demonstrate standards based and proprietary solutions to medical device integration

Who are IHE – Integrating Healthcare Enterprises?
IHE is an international healthcare integration standards organisation working with key players such as HL7, DICOM, IEEE and healthcare professional organisations to put standard systems into practice. The IHE Patient Care Device (PCD) domain was formed in 2005 to address the integration of medical devices into the healthcare enterprise
Who should attend; EMR, middleware and medical device vendors, hospital information systems and medical engineering professionals, CIOs, clinical informaticians, health system architects, physicians, nurses, aged care facilities, home health services.

Registration and Online Payment

The below registration fees will allow you to register for the Pre HIC Workshop only. If you wish to register for HIC as well

HISA/IHE/HL7 Member*
Registration is not yet open: contact to be put on the advance list.

For information about workshop and vendor interest in workshop involvement, demonstrations or sponsorship

Peter MacIsaac (IHE Australia) **** +61411403462
conference (excludes Affiliate members. Please contact if you are an Affiliate ember).
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