February 11st, 2015
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IHE-Europe NEWS Pulse

Dear Members and Friends, 
This News Pulse is aimed at attracting your attention to the conclusions of ANTILOPE, a European project whose main focus is at accelerating eHealth Interoperability in Europe and beyond. ANTILOPE recommendations were agreed at the January 29th Handover Workshop in Ghent by stakeholders including the European Commission, vendor associations such as COCIR, expert partners – including IHE – and several national eHealth competence centres:
1.- Maintain and deploy the ANTILOPE assets:
  • The refined eHealth European Interoperability Framework that includes 27 IHE Profiles.
  • Quality system testing based on ISO standards.
  • Test Methods (tools and test plans) overview that includes the IHE Gazelle  tools.
2.- Define a European Conformity Assessment scheme using the quality standards of ISO 17025 for testing ehealth interoperability.

IHE played a leading role in this initiative that collected input from 10 ANTILOPE summits across the 28 EU member states in 2014 and involved key national and international organisations working together to accelerate deployment quality of standards and profiles for eHealth interoperability.

IHE-Europe is fully engaged in aligning its strategy on the ANTILOPE recommendations. In particular with recently launched Conformity Assessment Scheme that will be hosted alongside the IHE-Europe Connectathon in Luxemburg April 20-24, 2015 will be the first opportunity for vendor to obtain the IHE International Test Report form from an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory (see News Pulse on Conformity Assessment).

ANTILOPE recommendations will also help improve the testing of cross-border exchange of Patient Summary and ePrescription. At least 3 countries and the EU Commission’s newly established Connecting Europe Facility will be testing at the 2015 IHE-Europe Connectathon.
Some of the ANTILOPE summits looked at issues relating to mobile health interoperability. IHE too has been addressing the all important needs here with two new profiles and following successful testing at the North American Connectathon participants to the IHE-Europe Connectathon are encouraged to add mobile health capabilities to their planned IHE Profile testing; this will form key subject matter for a future edition of News Pulse.
We look forward to seeing you in Luxembourg
 April 2015.

IHE-Europe Team
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