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TORONTO – Moves are afoot to
create the Canadian wing of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE),
a U.S. group that's quickly gaining ground in the United States and
around the world. By specifying the way computers should talk to each
other when carrying out different functions –
everything from sending basic patient information to completed
radiology, lab or other test results, the IHE consortium is paving the
way for dramatically better communications between computerized systems.
The IHE organization first emerged from the radiology world in 1998 via
the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA), and soon embraced IT in
general through an alliance with the Healthcare Information Management
and Systems Society (HIMSS). They're now reaching out to cardiology and
laboratory informatics associations and vendors.
"IHE is a breakthrough in healthcare," said Dr. David Koff
(pictured at left), a
radiologist at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
"Hospitals and clinics have had a lot of trouble moving computerized
images and information around – this gives
them a way of doing it."
Dr. Koff made his remarks as a spokesperson for the Canadian Association
of Radiologists at a Toronto meeting to promote the IHE in Canada.
The videocast event drew over 180 participants in Toronto, Halifax,
Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. It was jointly
organized by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), HIMSS Ontario and
the Information Technology Association of Canada's Ontario branch (ITAC
Ontario), in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Radiologists
and trade association CHITTA – a remarkable
display of camaraderie and cooperation.
Extensive information about the IHE is available at
Canadian healthcare professionals and vendors wishing to become involved
were asked to contact Caren Adno, vice president of ITAC Ontario. She
can be reached through the web at