This week in Chicago ...

      This week in Chicago the IHE North American Connectathon brings together over 100 participating vendors in one of the largest standards testing events in the world.  Ready Computing’s Tone Southerland will be supporting the testing and educational activities that are the basis of this yearly event. 

This year several different types of testing will be happening simultaneously: ConnectathonClassic tests IHE vendor implementations of IHE specifications against each other, NewDirections tests  specialized upcoming standards work and ConsolidatedCDA supports testing for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 requirements.  This event also serves as preparation for the HIMSS 2014 Interoperability Showcase, the largest demonstration of interoperability in North America.  Tone will be supporting the testing of Consolidated CDA in preparation for this year’s Interoperability Showcase.

In addition to the extensive and broad set of testing capabilities, the connectathon also provides educational opportunities for learning about standards and interoperability through the Connectathon
Conference.  The year’s conference is focused on achieving interoperability beyond Meaningful Use and HIE.  The six sessions provide a broad perspective on these issues and we are very pleased that Tone will be moderating session 5, entitled Illustrations of Community HIEs and Interoperability.
This session's panelists are Liora Alschuler, CEO of Lantana Group and Chuck Tryon of MyHealth Access Network/Tulsa Beacon Community who, along with Tone, represent a wealth of knowledge on CDA and IHE based interoperability.  Connectation Conference is open until the day of the conference, January 29, so it is not too late to take advantage of this opportunity.