IHE certifies 8 for interoperability
July 17, 2013 in Medical Technology
The certified products are offered by Baxter Healthcare Corporation, B. Braun Medical Inc., CareFusion; Corepoint Health; Greenway Medical Technologies, Hospira, InterSystems, and Masimo Corporation.
All these vendors’ products met requirements in the IHE Patient Care Device or IHE IT infrastructure domains – which specify capabilities related to medical device interoperability, clinical-document sharing, patient identification, audit logging and security, officials say.
[See also: Interoperability inches ahead for EHRs.]
The certification by IHE USA, a nonprofit organization started in 2010 to drive interoperability in healthcare, also builds on specifications from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, according to officials. As a result, the certification gives purchasers of health IT products independent third-party verification that products are suitable for health data exchange and function as intended.
The certification program stemmed from a growing concern among healthcare IT organizations that today’s software, medical devices and IT systems are often incompatible, making the secure sharing of health data a complicated and expensive endeavor.
“Products that are certified for IHE USA interoperability bring tremendous value to the entire healthcare ecosystem,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of informatics at HIMSS, in a new release. “As an industry, we need to set a high bar if we are to rise to the challenge of transforming our healthcare system. For the health IT vendors that have achieved IHE USA certification, this means their integration capabilities go beyond minimum federal requirements to deliver more robust, high-quality, standards-based products.”
[See also: Six HIT heavy-hitters announce interoperability organization.]