2021 IHE North American Connectathon Overview

For over twenty years, IHE North American Connectathons have played a vital role in improving real world health outcomes by ensuring that many different kinds of health IT systems are interoperable and can effectively share data.  For IHE USA, actualizing this mission in 2020 and 2021 was no different than the years past when it came to bringing together a global community of health IT developers and engineers to deploy interoperability innovation, despite a global pandemic.  Starting in early Spring 2020, IHE USA sheparded forward unprecedented investments in IHE International’s interoperability testing platform, Gazelle, to ensure that the key role the IHE North American Connectathon plays in the healthcare IT product development life cycle continued virtually when it could not take place in person.  

Connectathon Testing 2021

Health IT developers spent March 1st to March 5th testing the production-ready systems they registered utilizing IHE integration profiles and the Connectathon’s testing platform. 

This link provides an overview of the testing activities that took place during the 2021 IHE North American Connectathon Conference. 

Connectathon Conference 2021

The theme for the March 2021 IHE North American Connectathon was Interoperability as a Global Good, with an emphasis on support for public health systems and the implementation community’s response to the COVID19 global health emergency.  IHE USA expanded its North American Connectathon Conference programming, virtually co-hosting a series of Standards Acceleration tracks focused on global, local and personal health. These Standards Acceleration tracks tied together testing, demonstrations and educational deep dives, as well as hands-on developers labs designed to bring together key stakeholders to make actionable progress on three key areas:

  • Global Health: Open source, FHIR-based exchanges in emerging regions featuring interoperability deployments that leverage the International Patient Summary and the exchange of immunization information based on the OpenMRS and OpenHIE technology stack 
  • Local Health: Support of US and local public health initiatives like ONC’s STAR HIE recipient Texas Health Services Authority’s SANER project and the CDC’s MedMorph project 
  • Personal Health: Advance of interoperability global goods development for personal health devices and health applications, with an emphasis on consumer and patient driven information exchange, including the Continua Design Guideline’s CODE for Healthcare software

This link provides an overview of the conference activities that took place during the 2021 IHE North American Connectathon Conference.  It explores key accomplishments from the event, shares lessons learned to apply to the next IHE North American Connectathon, and outlines next steps to take to continue to improve the IHE North American Connectathon experience.  


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