Brussels Connectathon 2020 online: challenge accepted!
1st e-health Connectathon online!
The IHE-Europe association, which brings together the main leaders and players in health IT in Europe, organized the first online edition of its Connectathon from the 2nd to the 6th of November , with the technical support of Kereval. This annual event enables vendors to test the interoperability of their digital healthcare products in a controlled context.
Previously organized in a face-to-face setting, the event had to be redesigned due to the healthcare context, to become 100% remote. To do this, the Kereval team had to coordinate a connectivity test phase for participants, and implement instant messaging software to optimize discussion between participants and test session monitors.
For a first online edition, the challenge was proudly taken up by the organizing teams.
More than 140 participants from 27 companies were present, remotely, to test the interoperability of 39 information systems, taking into account IHE profiles and international standards. They came from the United States, Europe (France, Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Sweden) and Saudi Arabia.
Among the 31 monitors, 5 Kereval employees were assigned to verify and validate each test performed, in addition to being available to answer the testers’ various questions.
During this week, more than 1,370 tests were performed for 1,090 tests verified by the monitors.
Thanks to these test sessions, e-Health product suppliers were able to validate the interoperability of their products with the products of other suppliers with whom they need to exchange data.
A Social Security financing bill provides for a fund to modernize, adapt or restructure information systems for healthcare and medico-social services. The interoperability of computer software will be a sine qua non condition to benefit from this fund. This is very good news for French patients, whose data will be better exchanged between the many software programs used in healthcare institutions!