IHE-Europe has been deeply involved in a number of European and global projects related to the use of interoperability standards across regions, countries and continents in the exchange of healthcare information.
New Projects Selected In June 2016 two new projects were selected and approved by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 initiative: one on Interoperability and Conformity Assessment - Euro-CAS - and one on International Patient Summary (IPS) - Trillium Bridge II:
Euro-CAS The objective is to deliver a sustainable Conformity Assessment Scheme (CAS) fostering a broader and more vigorous uptake of eHealth interoperability for the entire European market. This project will involve a wide range of stakeholders that include national and regional centers of competence, research institutes, European associations of users and vendors and standards bodies. It is closely associated with the eHealth European interoperability framework. “As scientific coordinator of the project, IHE-Europe will contribute its expertise from the operational deployment of the IHE-International CAS. It will help the consortium to align the future CAS for Europe with the international level as recommended by the Antilope project,”said Elena Vio, Chair of the IHE-Europe EU-Affairs Committee.
Trillium Bridge II As a follow up to the Trillium Bridge this new project aims to bridge, harmonise and evaluate existing patient summary initiatives as well as guide emerging ones. Hence, Trillium Bridge II is leading the way towards oneIPSstandard by establishing a global community fostering the practice of digital health innovation with robust widely-used interoperability standards and joint pilots.
“Trillium Bridge was an exciting project and employed a pragmatic approach setting up a testing session and demonstration based on concrete use cases. This was the right direction to raise issues that should be solved in this international context. IHE-Europe is expecting more piloting in Trillium Bridge II,” said Karima Bourquard, IHE-Europe Director of Interoperability.
These new projects will commence in late-2016 and will bring more know-how and skills to the European health community by fostering the adoption of common standards and IHE Profiles.