As part of the "TRIO-concertation 2020 Interoperability - Medication scheme" a minilab of the three Belgian vaults  is organised on November 18 from 9 AM to 5PM by VAZG, supported by Agoria and NIDHI. 

Due to COVID-19 this year's event will be a complete digital experience.

With reference to the ongoing trio-concertation (organized by NIHDI) about the interoperability of medication schemes, and whilst in the process of rewriting the Medicationscheme cookbook the past months, we would like to inform you that the main agenda item of the minilab is a chaintest, where we will be testing the newly proposed posology input method.

  • Scope of the testing:
    • a medium complex medication scheme, with focus on the new posology proposal 
  • Out of scope:
    • Intervault specific scenario’s
    • Testing all possible combinations
    • Other data types like sumehr, diary note, vaccinations,…
    • Edge cases (e.g. complex build-up and reduction medication schemes)
    • Complex medication schemes on date, weekday and day

Chaintest methodology

  • Who ?

To achieve this higher quality, we would like to have as many software vendors, that are already connected to one of the vaults and are using eHealth basic services, as possible, participating to this event  because this joint venture between underwriting parties is keen on DATA QUALITY++ by the end of this year. 

Only software applications that  READ (and display) and/or WRITE the medication scheme from/to the vault can participate.

Please do inform us if you are interested in participating on this day in general, and if this is the case, please elaborate if you will join the chaintest or not.

Details of the chaintest will be sent by email at a later moment in time to all participating software vendors.

  • What ?

This chaintest consists of:

- a  chaintest, focused on posology, that will be executed during the most part of the day where your software application presents 1 part of the chain.

(e.g. chain=

- a general practitioner reads a medication scheme from the vault, updates and saves it back to the vault

- a pharmacist reads the medication scheme, edits the scheme and saves it again on its turn

-  a nurse reads the medication scheme

- a hospital reads and changes and stops some medication for ambulant medication purposes

- ... )

- timetable and test details will be communicated in advance

- during the mini-lab, every participant will be contacted separately on a predetermined timing, to execute a predetermined test scenario depending on the software type (read/write/gp/pharmacist/hospital).

- remote contact will be preferred via Zoom

- we will be available for questions or further details before, during and after the chaintest.

  • Why ?

In a first phase we want to

- reach a higher quality in the simple coded posology input for the shared medication scheme, and in parallel

- reduce the amount of complex coded posology input (date, day and weekday) which causes the bulk of development work for the software vendor and increases indirectly the interoperability issues strongly. This will level up the overall quality of the inserted data which will result in a better overall satisfaction in working with the vaults.

The chaintest methodology is used when we want to assure that the participating software applications and vaults can understand each others’ dialect so no erroneous or incomplete information is being registered or shown via the shared medication scheme affecting (potential) negative impact to the patient across the entire country.

 According to good practice, all discovered issues and/or remarks will be registered in the imec Jira, in your specific private Jira project, for transparent follow-up.

Afterwards, a test report for your specific software application on your test results will be offered that day.

Please note that only organisations that are already connected (at least in the acceptance environment) to one of the vaults and that are using the Belgian eHealth basic services are eligible to participate to this minilab !

Last but not least: as being discussed in the trio-concertation, please note that actively attending this minilab brings your software package one step ahead in the possibility of obtaining a quality “label” of interoperability (the name of the label is yet to be defined).

  • Register here before October 12, 2020
  • Preparation: please foresee sufficient time in advance  to check out the documentation and to test your connection
  • Dial-in details will be provided in advance by e-mail to the registered participants
  • Target audience:
    • first line GP softwarevendors
    • hospital EPD vendors
    • pharmacist softwarevendors
  •  Contact: the main point of contact for this minilab is Vitalink