The Gazelle interoperability testing platform, dedicated to health information systems (HIS), has been selected for the Interoperability Award of the ‘Talents in e-health’ 2021 competition, organised by the ANS (Agence du numérique en santé).

This open source platform contains an extensive collection of compliance tests for international standards as well as a significant number of compliance tests for the French interoperability framework (CI-SIS).

It contributes to strengthening the interoperability of SIS in France and internationally.

Kereval develops and maintains the Gazelle platform in collaboration with IHE-Europe, a European organisation that brings together the main leaders and players in health IT in Europe (Agfa Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, European Association of Hospital Managers, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), Société Française de Radiologie, Société Européenne de Radiologie, COCIR, INRIA, etc.).

In France, a version of the Gazelle platform, deployed in 2020 via the ANS interoperability test space, in collaboration with Interop’Santé, is used by various health organisations such as the ANS, the CNSA or the GCS e-Santé Bretagne. Other Gazelle platforms have been deployed for the EFS and the Inter-AMC organisation (comprising the Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française, the Fédération Française des Assurances and the Centre Technique des Institutions de Prévoyance).

The Gazelle platform, initially developed by a research team from INRIA (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique) in partnership with IHE-Europe, includes tools for verifying compliance with interoperability standards in the health sector (HL7, Dicom, FHIR, CDA, SNOMED, etc.) and with IHE profiles, such as simulators, validators and interoperability test management tools.

The innovation and originality of the Gazelle platform lies in its ability to adapt to new interoperability use cases at national and international level (ease of development of new test tools). For example, the Gazelle platform deployed in the ANS interoperability test space includes test plans and test tools for various CI-SIS components (CR-BIO, medical synthesis component, liaison book, etc.). Recently, tools have been added to the Interoperability Test Space to test the compliance of suppliers’ implementations with the INS (National Health Identity) for which the specifications were produced by Interop’Santé.

The different types of users of the Gazelle platform are:

The Ministry of Health authorities who produce interoperability frameworks and wish to make them enforceable.

Health and medico-social institutions that test tools/systems incorporating interoperability functionalities.

Manufacturers who test their own implementations of interoperability requirements (via compliance tests and interoperability tests). For example, during the European and American Connectathons, more than 400 participants meet for a week twice a year to test each other’s systems, and the SEGUR referencing will address more than 200 French manufacturers.

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