How does IHE work?
IHE involves an intensive, ongoing process of collaboration and communication among key parties, which can be divided into four phases:
- Problem Identification: Clinicians and IT experts identify common integration problems in access to information, clinical workflow, administration and underlying infrastructure.
- Integration Profile Specification: Stakeholders select standards that address each identified integration need. The technical specifications for implementing these standards are documented in the IHE Technical Framework.
- Implementation and Testing: Vendors implement these profiles and test their systems with software tools and at a face-to-face Connectathon, where they test interoperability with other vendors’ systems.
- Integration Statements and RFPs: Vendors publish IHE Integration Statements to document the integration profiles supported by their products. Users can reference integration profiles in requests for proposals, simplifying the systems acquisition process.
Learn about the IHE process.