Standards Acceleration

Standards Acceleration Initiatives at the 2020 IHE North American Connectathon

Dates: January 21-23, 2020
Location: The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Ohio 
IHE USA offers additional interoperability testing services, educational opportunities, and collaborative feedback sessions at the IHE North American Connectathon to engage participants with offerings that go beyond “Classic” IHE Connectathon testing to support key standards-based interoperability industry initiatives like  HL7 FHIR® and accelerate the development of new, implementable profiles. Leverage access to IHE’s test tools, infrastructure, and the testing floor of the 2020 IHE NA Connectathon to advance coordinated patient care and improve connectivity. Conduct real-time testing with your partners, interface with global interoperability subject matter experts, as well as with potentially over 100 of the industry’s top health IT vendors on-site to support your project. The IHE NA Connectathon’s safe and controlled testing environment allows organizations to collaborate, and quickly test, debug, and re-test systems to accelerate system interoperability and implementation. Learn more about the benefits and how to participate at the 2020 IHE NA Connectathon.
This year attendees have the option to attend:

Standards Acceleration Track 1: Public Health – Schedule at a Glance

January 21, 2020 | Room 26B | 9:00am-4:30pm

Join IHE profiling experts as well as industry leads from public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization that are looking to accelerate new IHE profiles and emerging HL7 FHIR® public health implementation guides. Participate in advancing public health projects that make an impact in the US and across the globe.

Target Audience: Those stakeholders with interest in the use of, or development of standards, and profile guides for public health reporting, registry reporting, computable care guidelines, or social determinants of health.


Introduction and Overview: Public Health Standards Acceleration

  • Technology / Policy / Community

Derek Ritz


Panel Session – Building a Learning Health System – Computable Care Guidelines:

  • Antenatal Care
  • Cancer Care
  • Opioids
  • HIV

Moderator: Derek Ritz

  • Bryn Rhodes
  • Cancer Care Ontario / Canada Health Infoway / Hamilton Health Science
  • Open HIE


  • Break/Lunch



Overview of Testing Opportunities (Open Through Thurs.):

  • Vital Records
    • VRDR: Project testing involves the exchange of FHIR® based documents and responses between several state agencies and the CDC and NCHS
    • Birth and Fetal Death Reporting: Project testing involves the exchange of RFD with CDA and MRFD with FHIR to prepopulate data from the EMR
  • CDC Cancer Registry testing to receive FHIR® documents from states.
  • SMART-on-FHIR testing FHIR® to inform cause of death from the EMR
  • Formalizing testing of the Occupational Data for Health (ODH) structure, impacting USCDI content and the use of ODH data for Social Determinants of Health.


  • Lori Fourquet
  • Cindy Bush
  • Wendy Blumenthal




IHE Cross-SDO Collaborations

  • Collaboration with HL7
  • Conformance Testing
  • Computable Care Guidelines
  • International Patient Summary
  • Call to Action



  • Chris Carr
  • Lori Fourquet
  • Bryn Rhodes
  • Derek Ritz


Wrap Up Session

  • Derek Ritz


Standards Acceleration Track 2: Mobile Health / Devices – Schedule at a Glance

January 23, 2020 | Room 26A | 9:00am – 4:30pm
IHE is advancing standards in medical devices and mobile health. The Personal Connected Health Alliance is one of IHE International's newest members and in sponsoring an interactive 1-day session in collaboration with the HL7 Mobile Health Workgroup and the IHE International Devices Domain.

This session is geared towards stakeholders with an interest in the use of, or development of mobile apps and devices for healthcare. Morning sessions will focus on stakeholders interested in learning about mobile apps, health devices, and patient empowerment in the continuum of care. Later sessions will be valuable for product managers and system architects interested in IHE profile development.

  • Standards and profile acceleration discussion with IHE, HL7, and HIMSS leaders
  • Challenges for Mobile App and Device Developers
  • Mobile App Workgroup Discussion
  • Profile Proposal Process Presentation
  • CODE for Health Interactive Demonstration
  • Breakout Sessions



Rob Havasy


Patient Empowerment & Mobile Apps Panel

  • Patient Empowerment & Engagement
  • IEEE P1752 Open Mobile Health Working Group
  • HL7 mHealth Work Group
  • IHE Mobile Health Apps Work Group

Moderator: John Sharp

  • Simona Carini
  • Dave deBronkart
  • Gora Datta
  • Keith Boone


Challenges for Mobile Health App & Device Developers

  • Unique challenges for iOS and Android App Developers
  • FDA 2.0 – Pre-cert and Regulatory Compliance


  • Keith Boone
  • Elliot Sloane





Opportunities for Collaboration

  • All of Us
  • PCHA/IHE Alignment
  • Mobile Health Apps Work Group Discussion



  • Christina Caraballo
  • Thom Erickson
  • Keith Boone


Lunch & Networking Break



New IHE Device and Health App Subdomain

  • Introduction – Key Tenets
  • IHE Profile Proposal Process
  • IHE Profile Development
  • Keith Boone


Personal Connected Health: Patient Generated Data Use Cases

  • John Sharp





Hands-on Tutorial

  • FHIR & Other Standards-Based Solutions to integrate devices hospital to home to mobile apps
  • Employ the FHIR Personal Health Implementation Guide to collect vitals in-home of in-clinic
  • Using IHE profiles to extract observations from Health & Fitness Service (FHIR Servers)



  • Brian Reinhold
  • Thom Erickson


Tour Connectathon Floor

Emely Lemus