Historically, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon was an annual, in-person event that medical device and related vendors attended to showcase and test their solutions’ capabilities. The event is an accelerator for making solutions connect with other technology in the healthcare delivery ecosystem, using standardized IHE protocols. Capsule’s goal in our first few Connectathons was to identify the areas where our system was not natively compliant with the relevant IHE requirements and to close the gaps. Today, we can assert that our system maps to the latest standard advancements, and we drive standards in new areas, too. All of these activities take place in the context of ensuring our solutions remain vendor-neutral and interoperable with devices across hospitals and health systems.
Connectathon also has been a convivial, collaborative time to meet with our vendor partners and other developers from around the world to learn about their new solutions and how Capsule’s Medical Device Information Platform could link to them and help clinicians capture, share and utilize the data.
However, as with nearly all conferences, Connectathon is virtual this year due to COVID-19. Since IHE Connectathon is not an event where we listen to educational sessions and visit booths, but rather participate in a series of approximately 40 hands-on, interactive tests, we have some predictions for this year’s event. Here are our top 3:
For Capsule, we couldn’t think of a better year to participate in IHE Connectathon. With the entire healthcare industry evolving toward more remote and virtual care, it is an ideal time to see how our solutions and those of our partners perform in these environments.
We also recognize the importance of the Connectathon, with an appreciation for connectivity across many levels – system to system, device to device, device to system, person to person and vendor to vendor. The IHE Connectathon enables all these connections to occur so that technology vendors can work together toward advancing integration through standardized communication protocols and, in turn, transforming the delivery of healthcare. We sincerely thank the IHE organization and our fellow participants for making this year’s event possible.
To learn more about the vendor-neutral interoperability solutions of the Capsule Medical Device Information Platform, please contact us.
Renaud Capolunghi is senior director of device connectivity; Laurent Decool is support and maintenance lead, device connectivity; Glynn Naughton is system engineer, device connectivity; and Teresa Soman, MBA, PMP is director of product management at Capsule Technologies.