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    March 01, 2013

    2013 IHE® Connectathon Reflects Growing Need for Interoperability

    As the benefits of interoperability become ever more apparent, the annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) North American Connectathon Conference has expanded its appeal to a wider spectrum of participants from across the globe.

    Held Jan. 30 in Chicago, the 15th annual event offered users and developers of health information technology (HIT) systems the opportunity to learn about achieving interoperability and making more effective use of electronic health records (EHRs). Topics covered the unique goals required to achieve meaningful use and IHE’s role in their development, including:

    • Connecting clinicians, patients and their families with the tools and resources needed to enable care in a seamless, meaningful, transparent way
    • Achieving quality and efficiency of data as related to the delivery of care
    • Empowering patients at home and beyond
    • The mHealth ecosystem that extends access and connectivity to individuals delivering care

    The IHE North American Connectathon Conference attracted more than 100 attendees from a wide range of healthcare settings. The conference is the cornerstone of the annual IHE North American Connectathon, health IT’s largest interoperability testing event, held Jan. 28-Feb. 2, in Chicago.

    IHE began as an initiative sponsored by RSNA and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and now includes more than two dozen sponsoring organizations worldwide.

    View a video overview of the IHE North American Connectathon Conference below:

    IHE Connectathon 2013 1
    IHE Connectathon 2013 2
    The IHE North American Connectathon Conference attracted more than 100 attendees.
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