The IHE Connectathon

This section is about the IHE Connectathon. It provides generic description of the process and contains links to details about upcoming Connectathons.

Purpose of the IHE Connectathon

The IHE Connectathon is a week-long testing event managed by sponsoring organizations. Currently there are events annually in North America, Europe and Asia. The major goal of the Connectathon is to promote the adoption in commercially available healthcare IT systems of the standards-based interoperability solutions defined by IHE. The Connectathon serves as an industry-wide testing event where participants can test their implementations with those of other vendors.

The sponsors record the results of the testing and produce a results matrix that lists the Integration Profile and Actor combinations that each participant has tested. The results do not indicate or imply that an organization/vendor has a product that is ready for market. These results are published and promoted by the sponsors to inform the healthcare community about the adoption of IHE solutions by industry and to encourage purchasers of healthcare IT systems to require support of IHE Actors and Integration Profiles in their requests for proposals and purchasing specifications.

Connectathon participants are encouraged to offer the IHE Integration Profile/Actor combinations they test in commercially available systems as quickly as possible. When they do they are encouraged to publish IHE Integration Statements to describe for prospective purchasers the IHE capabilities offered in these systems. IHE maintains a registry where Integration Statements are published and encourages purchasers of healthcare IT systems to consult these documents to identify IHE-compliant systems.

Participation in IHE demonstrations requires that an organization successfully complete a minimum set of tests for any actor/profile pair to be demonstrated. A demonstration manager will publish the minimum requirements for demonstration participation and evaluate the Connectathon tests. Systems that do not successfully complete the required tests for an actor/profile combination are not included in public IHE demonstrations. By signing up for an IHE demonstration, the company is accepting the part of the IHE process that is the Connectathon testing.

Many vendors participate in Connectathons without any direct plans to participate in a demonstration. Even in cases where vendors are participating in preparation for a demonstration, the major goal of the Connectathon is to refine the implementation of IHE Actors and Integration Profiles in the systems being tested.

The IHE wiki also has this nice summary of the purpose of Connectathons.

Registration Process

Registration

Web registration is performed through the Gazelle Test Management Tool at the following URL:

Web registration allows participants to :

  • Provide administrative information about the company that registers, including location and contact information. In EU, registrant will be asked for the VAT number of the company.
  • Provide information about systems that will participate in the connectathon. For each system the registrant will have to provide the list of actors and integration profiles supported.
  • Provide information about company/organization representative that will participate at the connectathon.
  • Gazelle will check the integrity of the system (are all actor/integration profile dependencies met) for the registrant
  • Gazelle will allow the registrant to generate a contract in the form of a PDF file
  • Registration is complete when the signed contract is returned to the Connectathon sponsor, eg. IHE Europe Technical Project Manager and to the IHE Europe secretariat. Detailed instructions are provided within the generated contract.
  • Online registration that is not followed by the reception of a signed contract is considered a null once the registration deadline is reached

Registration Process

  1. Phase 1 : Company/Organization creation in Gazelle
    1. Create an account for your organization following this link on the gazlle home page
    2. Enter demographics for your organization
    3. Enter contact people (billing, marketing, technical) in gazelle and provide information about your organization.
  2. Phase 2 : Create the systems (How to add a system)
    1. Login in to Gazelle and select the testing session you are targetting : Connectathon or Projectathon
    2. Make sure the selected testing session is the one of interest (see screen capture)
      How to change Testing Session Default
    3. Create the systems (or import systems from previous session) and edit the information about the system (version, name, ...). 
    4. Provide information about the actors and profiles supported by the system (what you would like to test)
    5. Indicate demonstrations you are interested in participating in
    6. Optionally, request Supportive Testing
  3. Phase 3 : Generate the contract 
    1. generate the contract/application
    2. sign contract/application
    3. submit contract/application 
    4. Invoice will be send to your billing contact after the reception of the contract/application (Connectathon only)
  4. Phase 5 : Register connectathon participants 
    1. Login in to Gazelle and select the testing session you are targetting : Connectathon or Projectathon
    2. Visit page : Registration -> Testing Session Participants
    3. Add/Edit participant list

Important notice

In order to ease the registration process :

  • Registrants that participated in a previous connectathon can re-use their gazelle login/password from that connectathon. If you have forgotten your password, gazelle can send you a new one, based on your login or on your email.
  • Systems that tested at a previous connectathon are already preloaded can be "imported" into the current connectathon session. This will avoid re-entering data about systems that were already entered for the previous event.
  • It is not possible to import Configurations or Test Results from previous test sessions.

Connectathon Test Process

Based on registration, participants to the connectathon need to perform a series of test in order to be successful. Some of the tests need to be performed ahead of the connectathon and some need to be performed during the connectathon.

Pre-Connectathon Testing

 All participants are required to run a series of software tests in advance of the Connectathon. These tests, typically done with tools provided by IHE, are designed as auditing tests to make sure you have prepared in advance; these are not full test suites or certification tests for a profile.

Connectathon Testing

Each participant system is assigned a table that typically seats two people comfortably. Participants bring their equipment to the table and use the Gazelle system to identify specific tests as defined by their choice of actor/profile pairs. A participant will select a test to be run, and Gazelle presents a list of test partners. The participant will walk over to a peer’s table and arrange a time for testing. After a specific test is completed, the participant marks the test complete in Gazelle. A volunteer monitor is observing a worklist. He/she will see an item for grading and walk over to grade the test.  Some tests can be graded without visiting the participants who ran the test. The monitor enters the test result in Gazelle, and the cycle continues. During the evenings, Connectathon Managers review the individual test results and enter pass/fail grades in Gazelle for specific profile/actor pairs.

Items to bring to your attention:
- You can run tests in any order. With the exception of a few “Do This First” tests, order is not important.
- After you complete a test, you should start another test. Monitors are limited resources and may not appear immediately.
- The test cases indicate the kind of evidence needed to document the tests, and Gazelle provides a mechanism to store log information and screen captures. This is designed to make it easier for participants and monitors to find test results.
- In many instances, client applications initiate tests because that is a natural workflow. If you have server applications, you should be pro-active and seek out client applications for testing. Do not stand in the corner and wait for someone to ask you to dance.
- If you find a problem while running a test, you are allowed to update your application during the event and re-run the test later.

Supportive/Thorough Testing

In order to successfully complete testing at the  Connectathon and appear in the table of successful testing results published by IHE, a system must complete either Thorough or Supportive Connectathon testing.  This page explains the difference.

 

*** What is Thorough testing? ***

The list of required tests for each actor and profile is developed by the Connectathon Management Team and is published for each Participant in Gazelle. Thorough testing at a Connectathon normally consists of successful completion by a Participant's system of three instances of each peer-to-peer test and one instance of each no-peer test assigned for the Profile/Actor pair it is testing.

An exception to the "three-instance" rule of Thorough testing is: In some profiles, there may not be sufficient registration to provide three different test partners for a test. In this case, the "three-instance" requirement is relaxed, and participants are required to test with each of the available partners, perhaps only one or two. You will receive credit for Thorough testing if you successfully test with all available test partners. (In any profile where no systems are registered for one or more of the required actors, testing will not be performed. The Sponsors and Connectathon Management Team will inform Participants of this following the close of registration.)

*** What is Supportive testing? Why would we do Supportive testing? ***

Participants who have successfully tested at a previous Connectathon may qualify to perform Supportive testing.

The benefits of Supportive testing are:

  • Participants are not required to perform pre-Connectathon tests for a supportive profile/actor pair (because you have done them in the past).
  • Participants receive full Connectathon credit for testing (ie a "pass") if they successfully perform one instance of a peer-to-peer test for a profile/actor pair.  Of course, you may choose to do more than one.  This frees you up to spend more time testing other profiles.
  • Participants doing Supportive testing are also required to assist other participants testing who need a partner, even if you have already completed your 'one required test'.  

 *** Who qualifies for Supportive testing? ***

In order to qualify for Supportive testing, a Participant:

 *** How do we request Supportive testing? *** -- NEW PROCESS, READ CAREFULLY !

Supportive requests are now made directly in Gazelle and must be complete by the close of Connectathon system registration.

  • Gazelle is http://gazelle.ihe.net/EU-CAT in Europe, and http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na in North America
  • After logging in, select menu Registration --> Manage systems
  • Edit the system of interest
  • Select the Profile/Actors tab.
  • In the column Requested testing type, select 'Supportive' for the corresponding profile/actor. Note: Only the  actors/profile/options that are eligible for the Supportive testing enable you to select a testing type. For the others, the column shows N/A : Not Applicable.

After registration closes, the Connectathon Technical Project Managers will review and approve your request based on the criteria in the previous section. If you don't meet the criteria, you will do Thorough testing.

 *** FAQ ***

Q: Which profiles are eligible for Supportive testing?
A: In general, profiles that are in Final Text and have had no signficant Change Proposals in the previous year are eligible for supportive testing.

When you register for profile/actors in gazelle, those eligible for supportive testing will contain a dropdown list enabling you to select either Thorough or Supportive testing; otherwise N/A is displayed.

Q: If a profile has been around for multiple years but is not yet Final Text, is it a candidate for Supportive testing?
A: No. Only Final Text profiles are eligible.

Q: Are Connectathon fees the same for Thorough vs. Supportive?
A: There is no difference in cost. Connectathon fees are based on the number of systems registered. Fees are not affected by the number of domains/profiles tested, nor by thorough/supportive.

Q: Is there any difference in the final results for Thorough vs. Supportive?
A: No. If a Participant successfully completes Supportive testing, from a connectathon results point of view, it is equivalent to Thorough testing; ie. the Connectathon sponsors publish Profile/Actor pairs that are successfully tested by a Participant organization in the Connectathon results database.  There is no distinction between those tested as thorough vs supportive.

Q: Can companies update their IHE Integration Statement with these results?
A: In fact, there is no link between Connectathon testing and IHE Integration statements.  An organization can publish an IHE integration statement for its product without ever testing at a connectathon.

Profile-specific Connectathon Preparation

 


Advanced Preparation for EU and NA Connectathons:

In order to make you more efficient at the connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do some preparation in advance.  Typically this is done two to three weeks prior to the start of the Connectathon.

  • The preparation includes tasks (eg. pre-loading data) that you can do in advance that will save you valuable time during the connectathon week.
  • The information is organized by domain, profile, actor.
    • If your profile-of-interest does not appear, we are not asking anything special of you for advanced prep.
Cardiology & Eye Care Domains

CATH, ECHO, REWF, STRESS

U-EYECARE

ADT, OP, OF We define codes to be used in some fields for HL7 msg exchange. See pre-Connectathon test Preload_Codes_for_HL7_and_DICOM for details on codes you will use for Connectathon testing.(Note that these are the same codes used in the Order Manager tool.)
OP, OF, MOD We define codes used in DICOM & HL7 msgs, as well as the relationship between orders, requested & scheduled procedures, and protocol codes. Load these onto your system in advance (these are reused since the EU2012 connectathon):  https://gazelle.ihe.net/common/order-manager/orderHierarchy4Radiology.xml
ADT ADT systems that generate Patient IDs are assigned a value for Namespace ID & Assigning Authority OID. Use the value assigned to you. Your Namespace value is part of your system's default HL7 configuration in gazelle. OIDs are in gazelle under menu Configurations/OIDs for Current Session. Filter on "Label" = patient ID assigning authority
IT Infrastructure Domain (Technical Project Mgr: Lynn Felhofer)
ATNA Secure Node/App -- Generate & load your digital certificates. Follow the instructions in pre-connectathon test 11100.
-- Did you complete your ATNA questionnaire?  That is pre-connectathon test 11106.  You don't want to wait to do this on-site at Connectathon.
BPPC Content Creators & actors supporting BPPC Enforcement option Your first connectathon 'test' for BPPC is to read and understand the "Connectathon Privacy Policy" which is applied to subsequent BPPC-related connectathon tests. You will benefit by reading it in advance. 
CSD Service Finder, Info Mgr & Directory

-- Codes for CSD Connectathon testing are stored in the SVS Simlutor tool. In the Value Set Browser, filter on display name CSD. Also archived here.
-- Directories should pre-load connectathon test data: Organization, Provider, Facility & Service entries archived here.
-- We also have a large anonymized set provided by Open HIE here.

HPD Provider Info Directory

-- Load Organizational & Individual provider information into your Directory. This is referenced in Connectathon test "HPD_Directory_Setup". Connectathon tests depend on this data. See this spreadheet with HPD providers.   

-- Each Provider Information Director is assigned a directoryId value to facilitiate Federation testing.  See gazelle menu Configurations-->OIDs for current session.  Filter on Label "HPD Provider Information Directory".

mCSD Care Services Selective Supplier

-- Load Resources for Organizations, Providers, etc.  Connectathon tests depend on this data.  See details in pre-Connectathon test 16610.

PAM PDS

We define codes to be used in some fields for HL7 msg exchange. See pre-Connectathon test Preload_Codes_for_HL7_and_DICOM for details on codes you will use for Connectathon testing.(Note that these are the same codes used in the Order Manager tool.)

PIX/PIXv3/PIXm

PDQ/PDQv3/ PDQm

PIX Mgr, Patient Demog. Supplier, Pat Identity Source

We ask you to pre-load patient demographics to facilitate testing.  Instructions are in pre-Connectathon test 11300.

Some support the Pediatric Demographics option.  Those are 'special' demographics for testing that option.  Instructions are in pre-Connectathon test 11300-PDO.

Systems that can generate Patient IDs (eg Patient Demographic Suppliers...) are assigned a value for Namespace ID & Assigning Authority OID. Use the value assigned to you. Your Namespace value is part of your system's default HL7 configuration in gazelle. OIDs are in gazelle under menu Configurations/OIDs for Current Session. Filter on "Label" = patient ID assigning authority
SVS Value Set Repository Load SVS codes onto your system.  See: Connectathon SVS Codes
XDM  PMC We no longer require that you write your media onsite at the Connectathon, you may create it in advance in your lab and bring the media with you to Chicago. If you choose to do this, follow the instructions in connectathon test XDM_Create_Media. 
XDS.b Doc Repository, Source, Consumer These actors must configure their systems with OIDs needed for XDS transactions. See gazelle menu Configurations/OIDS for Current Session. Filter on "Label" = repository UniqueId OID or sourceID OID
XDS.b Doc Registry We ask Registry systems to pre-load patient demographics to facilitate testing.  Instructions are in pre-Connectathon test 11300.
XD*, XC*, MHD  All actors

-- We create 3 patient ID domains at the connectathon "red", "blue" and "green". All actors testing XDS.b and the 'Cross-Community' profiles must understand this scheme. Review the explanatory information on the Multiple Affinity Domain page.

-- The codes used in the Connectathon 'affinity domain' are the same as those used in the "codes.xml" file for with NIST XDS toolkit for pre-Connectathon testing.  Find the current version of codes.xml in the most recent version of the XDS Toolkit here: https://github.com/usnistgov/iheos-toolkit2/releases   First-time Connectathon participants can read more about these codes here.

XCA, XCPD, XCDR Init/Resp Gateways

We ask Gateway systems to pre-load patient demographics to facilitate testing.  Instructions are in pre-Connectathon test 11300.

Laboratory Domain (Technical Project Mgr: Eric Poiseau)
LAW  Analyzer, Analyzer Mgr  Please review the value sets below to make sure your system will find codes you understand. Send requests to append codes to Anne-Gaëlle; please include the list of codes + display name + code system (might be LOINC/LN) and the name of the value set to update.

Observation identifiers (used in OBX-3): http://gazelle.ihe.net/RetrieveValueSet?id=1.3.6.1.4.1.12559.11.4.2.21

Ordering codes - Universal Service Identifiers (used in OBR-4): http://gazelle.ihe.net/RetrieveValueSet?id=1.3.6.1.4.1.12559.11.4.2.15 
PCC & QRPH domains + HealthStory Project C-CDA (Technical Project Mgr: Steve Moore)
CDA-based profiles Content Creators

Review the guidance for CDA doc validation at the connectathon (information for both Connectathon participants and Monitors):

-- Overview of CDA document testing procedure
-- Validation of CDA documents
Radiology Domain (Technical Project Mgr:  Lynn Felhofer)
SWF.b, MAWF, IRWF, REM-NM ADT, OP, OF We define codes to be used in some fields for HL7 msg exchange. See pre-Connectathon test Preload_Codes_for_HL7_and_DICOM for details on codes you will use for Connectathon testing.(Note that these are the same codes used in the Order Manager tool.)
OP, OF, MOD

We define codes used in DICOM & HL7 msgs, as well as the relationship between orders, requested & scheduled procedures, and protocol codes. Load these onto your system in advance (these are reused since the EU2012 connectathon): https://gazelle.ihe.net/common/order-manager/orderHierarchy4Radiology.xml 

Please review the value sets to make sure your system will find codes you understand. Send requests to append codes to Anne-Gaëlle; please include the list of codes + display name + code system (might be LOINC/LN) and the name of the value set to update.

ADT

ADT systems that generate Patient IDs are assigned a value for Namespace ID & Assigning Authority OID. Use the value assigned to you. Your Namespace value is part of your system's default HL7 configuration in gazelle. OIDs are in gazelle under menu Configurations/OIDs for Current Session. Filter on "Label" = patient ID assigning authority

BIR  Image Display & PMI w/ Basic Viewer option

BIR Image Display must arrive at the connectathon with the BIR test image set loaded. PDI/PMC with the Basic View option should have tested with these images.  Your pre-Connectathon test 4700 has the details.

CPI, DBT, Mammo, SMI Image Display

Image Displays in these profiles are required to be able to calibrate a monitor according to the GSDF.

Ideally, this would be done during connectathon; however, we recognize that there are costs associated with shipping a monitor to the connectathon. 

So please bring a proper monitor and photometer, or as an alternative, perform the calibration in your home lab as described in connectathon test SCAL_Do_This_First.  Please record a video of the calibration task as performed in your lab and bring it to connectathon to present as evidence that it was performed correctly. 

PDI PMC

We no longer require that you write your media onsite at the Connectathon, you may create it in advance in your lab and bring the media with you to the Connectathon. If you choose to do this, follow the instructions in connectathon test PDI_Create_CD.

XDS-I.b
WIA
Img Doc Src
Img Doc Src & Responder

Preload 3 studies used for Connectathon tests.  They are in a zip file in this directory on the IHE FTP site..

XDS-I.b, XCA-I Img Doc Source & Consumer, Init & Resp Gateways

These actors must configure their systems with OIDs needed for XDS transactions. See gazelle menu Configurations/OIDs for Current Session. Filter on "Label" =repository UniqueId OID or sourceID OID or homeCommunityID OID

XDS-I.b, XCA-I All actors

-- We create 3 patient ID domains at the connectathon "red", "blue" and "green". All actors testing XDS.b and the 'Cross-Community' profiles must understand this scheme. Review the explanatory information on the Multiple Affinity Domain page.

-- The codes used in the Connectathon 'affinity domain' are the same as those used in the "codes.xml" file for with NIST XDS toolkit for pre-Connectathon testing.  Find the current version of codes.xml in the most recent version of the XDS Toolkit here: https://github.com/usnistgov/iheos-toolkit2/releases.  First-time Connectathon participants can read more about these codes here.

XCA-I Init/Resp Imaging Gateways

We ask Gateway systems to pre-load patient demographics to facilitate testing.  Instructions are in pre-Connectathon test 11300.

ATNA Testing for Connectathon & digital certificates

ATNA is a widely tested profile.  This page contains guidelines that address frequently asked questions about testing expectations.

Important updates to ATNA in the ITI Technical Framework

The ITI Technical Committee worked on updates to add 3 new options to the ATNA Secure Node & Secure Application actors.  The options affect the [ITI-19] Authenticate Node transaction.  As of September 2018, these options are now approved and testable at 2019 Connectathons:

  • 'FQDN Validation of Server Certificate' option
  • 'BCP195 TLS Secure Connection - All TLS Versions' option
  • 'BCP195 TLS Secure Connection - TLS 1.2 Floor' option

Please read:  CP-ITI-1145 - "Three new options related to [ITI-19]".

==> Why add enhanced cybersecurity to your product?

IHE is strongly encouraging all vendors to implement and test these new options at 2019 Connectathons.  Click here to learn more!   

Security (TLS) Policy for 2019 IHE NA and EU Connectathons

These new options introduce variability in the Connectathon testing environment that did not exist in previous Connectathons.  Depending on whether or not a Connectathon test system supports these options, it may be able to support TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and/or TLS 1.2, and one or more of several ciphers.  On the Connectathon test floor, different systems with a mix of TLS versions and ciphers would be a barrier to connectivity. 

So, in order to ensure interoperability between systems testing over TLS, the Connectathon technical managers have selected a TLS version and cipher to use for peer-to-peer tests over TLS.  (This is analagous to a hospital mandating similar requirements at a given deployment.)

*** For 2019 IHE NA and EU Connectathons, peer-to-peer testing over TLS (without the new ATNA options) shall be done using:

  • TLS 1.2
  • cipher TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
    • (Note that we intentionally chose a 'less secure' cipher for 2019 and anticipate choosing one of the recommended ciphers from BCP195 for future IHE Connectathons.)
  • A digital certificate, issued by the Gazelle Security Suite (GSS) tool.  New certs are needed for 2019 Connectathons.  See the next section.
  • Note that this policy is compatible with the baseline ATNA requirements in [ITI-19] Authenticate Node, in particular referenced standard RFC 7525.

*** For the 2019 IHE NA and EU Connectathons, we will use the Gazelle Security Suite tool to test the new ATNA options:

  • client behavior for a Secure Node/Application supporting the 'FQDN Validation of Server Certificate' option
  • the ability of a Secure Node/Application to negotiate down from TLS 1.2 to 1.1 to 1.0 as required by the 'BCP195 TLS Secure Connection -- All TLS Versions' option
  • the ability of a Secure Node/Application to require that transactions occur with TLS 1.2 and one of the required ciphers in the 'BCP195 TLS Secure Connection -- TLS 1.2 Floor' option

(i.e. testing of the options will not be peer-to-peer)

Gazelle Security Suite (GSS) Tool for ATNA testing:

Tool-based testing of TLS (node authentication) and of the format and transport of your audit messages is consolidated in one tool - the Gazelle Security Suite (GSS)

  • Link to the tool: http://gazelle.ihe.net/gss.  
  • Instructions for use of the tool are contained in ATNA test descriptions - here.
  • Recorded training on the Gazelle Security Suite - here

==> GSS: Digital Certificates for IHE Connectathons

The Gazelle Security Suite (GSS) tool is the SINGLE PROVIDER OF DIGITIAL CERTIFICATES for both NA and EU Connectathons.   As of November 27, 2018, the GSS tool is updated to provide digital certificates for 2019 IHE Connectathons.

To obtain a digital certificate from the GSS tool for pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing, follow the instructions in pre-Connectathon test 11100.

Some facts about the new digital certificates:

  1. If you have a digital certificate from a Connectathon in 2018 or earlier, it will not work for 2019 Connectathons.
  2. If you generated your digital certificate in GSS before Nov 27, 2018, you must generate a new one.
  3. Your new digital certificate:
    1. is from a new Certificate Authority (CA) with a stronger key - 2048 length (before Nov 2018, the CA created certificates with 1024 key length).  You must add the certificate for the new CA in your trust store.
    2. will contain the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of your test system.   When you use GSS to request the certificate, the tool will prompt you for this value.  The FQDN value(s) will be in the subjectAltName entry of your digital certificate.  (You may need to provide more than one FQDN when you generate your certificate, eg if you will use your system to test TLS connections outside of the Connectathon network, such as with the NIST XDS Tools in your local test lab.)
  4. Pre-Connectathon test 11100 contains detailed instructions for generating your certificate, including how to get the fully-qualified domain for your test system on the Connectathon network.
  5. Item (3.b.) means that each system testing TLS transactions during Connectathon week will have a digital certificate that is compatible with the new FQDN validation option in ATNA.  Thus, TLS connections with test partners will work whether the client is performing FQDN validation, or not.  This is intentional.

Note that the certificates are only for testing purposes and cannot be used outside of the IHE Connectathon context.

==> GSS: ATNA Questionnaire

Systems testing ATNA are required to complete the ATNA Questionnaire in the GSS tool, ideally during pre-Connectathon testing.  Embedded in the questionnaire are Audit Record tests and TLS tests customized for the profiles & actors you will test at Connectathon.

  • Follow instructions in pre-Connectathon test 11106.
  • Note: You must use TLS 1.2 and the new digital certificates when performing TLS tests in the questionnaire.

==> GSS: ATNA Logging Tests

Read the Technical Framework; you are responsible for all requirements in Record Audit Event [ITI-20] transaction. We will not repeat the requirements here.

 

WHICH SCHEMA???:  The ITI Technical Framework defines the Record Audit Event [ITI-20] transaction, and specifies use of the DICOM schema for audit messages.  

We expect implementations to be compliant, and we have tested audit messages using the DICOM schema at IHE Connectathons since 2016.

  • The GSS tool will only provide validation against the DICOM schema. If you fail that test, it is our signal to you that your audit messages are not compliant with the latest DICOM schema.  See pre-Connectathon test 11116.
  • We expect peer-to-peer testing at the Connectathon to occur using messages compliant with the DICOM schema.
  • Some might be interested in this email exchange on the IT Tech Cmte email list.

SENDING AUDIT MESSAGES:   You can send your audit records to the GSS tool simulating an Audit Record Repository  See pre-connectathon test 11117.

Questions about ATNA Testing?

Contact Lynn Felhofer, Technical Project Manager for the IT Infrastructure domain.

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Connectathon Affinity Domain Metadata

The content of codes.xml has changed since the Jan 2018 IHE Connectathon.
Please continue reading.

Introduction

Several IHE Profiles for Document Sharing rely on coded values provided in the metadata when documents are submitted and searched. IHE defines the structure of the document metadata as well as coded values for some metadata attributes; however, allowable values for many of the coded values are defined by the Affinity Domain that will deploy and support the document sharing systems.

For testing of Document Sharing profiles at IHE North America and Europe Connectathons, the set of allowable code values is controlled and documented by IHE Technical Project Managers and Bill Majurski of NIST (see history section below if you are interested). 

This page describes where to find the set of allowable codes for Connectathon testing and how those codes are managed.

Connectathon Metadata Value Sets: Distribution

For IHE NA and EU Connectathons, allowable codes for Document Sharing metadata are distributed in advance:

These codes are also available in two other formats, but values of codes in these formats may not exactly match those in codes.xml.  See comments on Change Management below.

  • Spreadsheet format - XDS Codes - Public Copy - This spreadsheet contains a tab for most of the metadata attributes that need to be configured.  The spreadsheet also has some additional detail that is not carried forward into the codes.xml file (too much bloat).  The codes.xml file contains coded values but no history or comments on specific entries. To find the original source for a particular attribute, you can read the summary tab in this spreadsheet. For detailed comments on individual elements, you can refer to the appropriate tab in that same spreadsheet.
  • SVS format - The Gazelle SVS Simulator tool hosts many value sets, including codes for metadata attributes. 

Connectathon Metadata Value Sets: Details on Specific Metadata Attributes

These documentEntry metadata attributes have defined codes for the Connectathon Affinity Domain.

  • associationDocumentation
  • classCode
  • confidentialityCode
  • contentTypeCode
  • eventCodeList
  • folderCodeList
  • formatCode
  • healthcareFacilityTypeCode
  • mimeType
  • practiceSettingCode
  • typeCode

Connectathon Metadata Value Sets: Change Management

We have a software process that converts the spreadsheet to the codes.xml file. We anticipate these patterns for managing these files:

Connectathon Week Change Management

We define what we hope is a simple process that does not introduce delays in testing.

  1. The XDS Codes - Public Copy spreadsheet and codes.xml files are synchronized and released in advance of any particular Connectathon.
  2. During the Connectathon week, participants can request additions to the codes.xml file. As in previous years, those requests go directly to Bill Majurski who will update codes.xml, republish that file and re-install in his toolkit running on the Connectathon test floor as necessary.
  3. The codes in the XDS Codes - Public Copy spreadsheet and in the SVS Repository will NOT be modified during the Connectathon.

Outside Connectathon Release Change Management

It is our goal to keep version of the code values synchronized when we are not working during a Connectathon week. As part of normal maintenance:

    • Directly after a Connectathon, we will make sure that codes.xml and the spreadsheet are re-synchronized:
      • If values added during a Connectathon week are to be carried forward, we will update and publish new copies of both versions.
      • If values added during a Connectathon week are not suitable for a general release, we will make sure the published version of codes.xml matches the spreadsheet version. Remember that we do not update the spreadsheet version during Connectathon week.
    • When codes.xml is updated, it is distributed and announced in an updated release of the NIST XDS Toolkit.
    • After codes.xml is released in the NIST XDS Toolkit, the codes in the SVS Repository will be updated.
    • Users can request updates throughout the year as they always have. Please contact Bill Majurski with your requests for additions to the code tables.

Connectathon Metadata Value Sets: History

The coded values used for Connectathon testing have been managed in the (well known) codes.xml file that is part of Bill Majurki's XDS Tools software. This file contains data structures that define the sets of legal values for various metadata fields required for Cross Enterprise Document Sharing. Entries we made in this file in response to certain demands, such as:

      • NIST wrote conformance tests that required a set of coded values to execute the tests.
      • An organization outside of NIST requested extensions to the code table for project specific testing. This is most likely a government agency that is testing in advance of an actual deployment.
      • We discovered a gap during a Connectathon and added a coded value.

Many of the coded values did not follow the structure that is normally used in the industry for coded values. This did not cause any software or testing problems, but many of the codes were clearly not intended for production use.

The HL7(R) FHIR(R) specification defines a different format for representing coded values, and this required a change in the format of the codes.xml file. Given this necessary change, this is a good opportunity to update both the structure and content of the codes.xml file and therefore the code values used for IHE testing of Cross Enterprise Document Sharing. 

 

Connectathon Doc Sharing testing -- 3 XDS Affinity Domains


This page applies to vendors testing IHE's document sharing profiles:  XD*, XC*, MHD
and supporting Patient ID manangement profiles:  PIX*, PDQ*

 

If you're testing these profiles, please review this page prior to the Connectathon.

Note that there are updates for 2019 Connectathons to account for Patient IDs in Patient Resources in some IHE profiles based on HL7® FHIR®.

 

At IHE Connectathons in both Europe and North America, we define three Affinity Domains. These represent three different document sharing healthcare communities.

Patient IDs in Connectathon Affinity Domains

Each of these domains is associated with its own Patient ID assigning authority. For ease of reference we refer to these as:

  • Red Patient ID domain.  The Patient ID assigning authority value is:
    • 1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.1000 for Patient IDs used in the PIX, PIXv3, PDQ, PDQv3 and XDS.b profiles
    • urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.1000 for Patient IDs used in FHIR-based profiles PIXm, PDQm, MHD
  • Green Patient ID domain.  The Patient ID assigning authority value is:
    • 1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.2000 for Patient IDs used in the PIX, PIXv3, PDQ, PDQv3 and XDS.b profiles
    • urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.2000 for Patient IDs used in FHIR-based profiles PIXm, PDQm, MHD
  • Blue Patient ID domain.  The Patient ID assigning authority value is:
    • 1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.3000 for Patient IDs used in the PIX, PIXv3, PDQ, PDQv3 and XDS.b profiles
    • urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.3000 for Patient IDs used in FHIR-based profiles PIXm, PDQm, MHD
  • We also have a 'local' Patient ID assigning authority (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.3000.1.6 and urn:oid:1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.3000.1.6).

We have a tool -- the PatientManager --  for creating a patient with a Patient ID with a Red, Green or Blue assigning authority and sending it via HL7v2 or v3 to your test system.  It also can create equivalent FHIR Patient Resources.  Instructions on how to use this tool to populate your test system with patients for Connectathon testing are found in pre-Connectathon test 11300.

Explanatory resources:

  • Multiple-affinity-domains.pdf: This presentation gives you an overview of the 3-affinity-domain scheme used at the IHE Connectathon.
  • Three-domain-assigning-authority.xls: XDS.b Registries and XC*Gateways are assigned to one of the 3 affinity domains for the entire connectathon week.
    • These assignments are in the spreadsheet linked above.
    • Registries accept a patient identity feed, and register documents, with patient IDs in their assigned domain (ie with their designated Patient ID assigning authority)
    • Likewise, Gateway actors represent communities with documents in their one assigned domain.
    • PIX Managers, and some PDQ Suppliers, can operate across domains.
  • XC* testing schedule during Connectathon week - contains the Tues/Wed/Thur schedule for XC testing for the current Connectathon.  

We have a presentation and an illustration which are are specific to the Cross-Community profiles (XC*):

  • XC-cluster.pdf: This presentation shows the actor/transaction diagram for each XC* profile, and the associated Connecthon tests (in red font)

Three XDS Affinity Domains at IHE Connectathons

Tips for Connectathon test review

  

Your Connectathon preparation should include reviewing the tests you will have to run during Connectathon week; you will waste precious time if you read them all for the first time on-site.  While the domain technical project managers may do some final tweaks in the weeks prior to the Connectathon, 95+% are complete today.

Here are some alternatives for review:

(1) Gazelle menu Connectathon-->Connectathon is the page you will work from on-site at the Connectathon.  It lists every peer-to-peer and no-peer test, customized based on the profile/actors you've registered to test; you can filter the contents by profile, actor…..  We will teach you how to interpret & use this page in webex presentations prior to the Connectathon, but you can use it now to see your tests. Clicking on the name of the test will give you the details.  Within a test, the 'Test Description' tab contains an overview of the test and the evaluation criteria the monitors will use.  The 'Test Steps' tab contains the specific procedure for running the test.

    • Advantages:  you get a customized list based on your registration.  This is the only view where it is easy to see at a glance how many of each test you are required to run.
    • Disadvantages:  this page is used for test execution and was not really designed for test review

(2) Gazelle menu Test Lists-->Test List gives you access to all tests in the gazelle database

    • Advantages:  you can see all tests in gazelle & use the filters at the top to find what you want.  You can print tests to PDF from the list w/o going into each test.
    • Disadvantages:  you can see all tests in gazelle.  This can be unwieldy to navigate.

(3) Gazelle menu Test List -->Manage test requirements

    • Advantages: shows a profile-by-profile view of the tests for each actor, and whether they are R or O
    • Disadvantages:  you can't tell without going into each test how many you have to run

 

During your review, if you have questions about Connectathon testing expectations for IHE profiles, ask the technical project manager overseeing testing in your domain.  Contact email info is on our Contact Us page.

  • PCC & QRPH domains, plus C-CDA testing:  Steve Moore
  • LAB, PHARM & PATH domains:  Eric Poiseau
  • PCD domain:  Paul Sherman
  • ITI and RAD domains:  Lynn Felhofer
  • CARD domain: unassigned 

Connectathon Monitors

Connectathon Monitors

Monitors are volunteer domain experts who assist the Connectathon Manager in overseeing testing.

  • They develop special expertise in an IHE domain or set of profiles
  • They verify test results and record them in testing management system (Gazelle)
  • They help clarify requirements when necessary
  • They are neutral arbiter without affiliation to any organizations participating in testing.

Monitor Qualifications

Usually the monitor qualifications are among the followings

  • IT administrator with a technical background involved in daily integration issues
  • Used to reading log messages and dump files from devices to troubleshoot issues
  • Willingness to read details of Integration Profiles and base standards
  • Skeptical, but with sense of humor and positive attitude
  • Ability to multi-task and work under stress
  • Interested in helping identify and resolve issues

Monitor Recruitment

Monitors are recruited from major health IT professional societies and provider organizations.

The North American and European connectathons require a team of about 40 to 50 monitors.Sponsors provide training and support for travel expenses to Connectathon.

A call  for volunteer monitors is issued few month ahead of the connectathon. In both Europe and North America, the monitors who are candidates for a connectatho fill out an application form prior to being selected.

IHE Connectathon FAQ

 We hope you will find the answer to your question here.  If not, please Contact Us

  1. What is an IHE domain?  ...a profile?  ... a profile option?  ...a transaction?
  2. What is an IHE Integration Statement?
  3. What is the output of the Connectathon?
  4. Does IHE report the results of testing individual transactions?  ..of profile options?
  5. What happens at a Connectathon?  How does it work?
  6. What is a test partner?  How do I find test partners?
  7. There is a rule that says you have to test with three test partners.  What happens if there are not three partners?
  8. May I test with my own system or my company as a test partner?
  9. What happens if I am working on a test and my partner fails?
  10. What is the Connectathon grading system?
  11. What is the pass/fail rate at the Connectathon?
  12. How many staff members should I allocate to the event?
  13. What is the Connectathon schedule?
  14. Do I have to stay the entire time?
  15. Why travel to a Connectathon?  Can't I just test over the internet?
  16. What happens if my engineers don't have their software working on the first day?  What happens if they don't have it working on the third day?
  17. Would you cut off your arm to save the rest of your body?  You really do want to know the answer to this in the context of the Connectathon.
  18. What is the difference between IHE interoperability testing and conformance testing?
  19. Do I need to test at a Connectathon to sell a product?  ...to publish an Integration Statement?
  20. What is a Connectathon Technical Manager and who are they in Europe & North America?
  21. What is a domain Technical Project Manager?  Who are they?
  22. What is a Connectathon Monitor?
  23. What are Thorough and Supportive testing?
  24. Does IHE supply the computer systems at the Connectathon?
  25. What kind of hardware do participants bring to the Connectathon?
  26. May I contact other participants in advance to discuss testing or other items?
  27. Will a .NET application communicate with a Java application?
  28. Do you know how to configure my system for printing with your printer?  Do you know how to configure my VM software?
  29. How many plants should my conference organizer order?

 

1. What is an IHE domain?  ...a profile?  ... a profile option?  ...a transaction?

IHE is organized by clinical and operational domains. In each domain, users with clinical and operational experience identify integration and information sharing priorities and vendors of relevant information systems develop consensus, standards-based solutions to address them. IHE domains are responsible for developing and maintaining IHE Technical Frameworks containing IHE profile, actor, and transaction requirements.

Profiles describe clinical information managements use cases and specify how to use existing standards (HL7, DICOM, etc,...) to address them. Systems that implement IHE profiles solve interoperability problems. For equipment vendors, profiles are implementation guides. For healthcare providers, IHE profiles are a shorthand for integration requirements in purchasing documents.

Actors are responsible for producing, managing, and/or acting on information in the context of an IHE profile. Each IHE profile assigns specific requirements to specific actors.

Transactions are interactions between actors that communicate the required information through standards-based messages. IHE defines a set of transactions based on ASTM, DICOM, HL7, IETF, ISO, OASIS and W3C standards in Volume 2 of each domain's Technical Framework. As the scope of the IHE initiative expands, transactions based on other standards may be included as required.

An IHE profile may define one or more options that an actor may choose to support. An option typically represents an enhanced capability for the actor within that profile.

2. What is an IHE Integration Statement?

IHE Integration Statements tell customers the IHE profiles supported by a specific release of a specific product.

Developers of commercial and open source healthcare IT systems can publish IHE Integration Statements to indicate their products' conformance with specifications in the IHE Technical Frameworks. IHE capabilities are always expressed in terms of a profile/actor pair. An actor within a profile may support an option. IHE Integration Statements do not reference specific transactions. See http://product-registry.ihe.net/PR/pr/introPR.seam

By comparing the IHE Integration Statements from different products, a user familiar with the IHE concepts of actors and integration profiles can determine the level of integration between them.

3. What is the output of the Connectathon?

IHE publishes the IHE profile/actor pairs that each company successfully tests during connectathon week. Connectathon results are not reported on individual products or product versions.  IHE maintains this database of the results from past connectathons.

4. Does IHE report the results of testing individual transactions?  ..of profile options?

See previous question. IHE reports the profile/actor pairs that each company successfully tests. While we test options and transactions at the connectathon (always within the context of a profile), IHE does not report results of individual transactions or options.

5. What happens at a Connectathon?  How does it work?

Each participant system is assigned a table that typically seats two people comfortably. Participants bring their equipment to the table and use the Gazelle system to identify tests defined by their choice of actor/profile pairs. A participant will select a test to be run, and Gazelle presents a list of test partners. The participant will walk over to a peer’s table and arrange a time for testing. After a specific test is completed, the participant marks the test complete in Gazelle. A volunteer monitor is observing a worklist. He/she will see an item for grading, will put down their donut (maybe), and walk over to grade the test. The monitor enters the test result in Gazelle, and the cycle continues. During the evenings, Connectathon Managers review the individual test results and enter pass/fail grades in Gazelle for specific profile/actor pairs.

Items to bring to your attention:
- You can run tests in any order. With the exception of a few “Do This First” tests, order is not important.
- After you complete a test, you should start another test. Monitors are limited resources and may not appear immediately.
- The test cases indicate the kind of evidence needed to document the tests, and Gazelle provides a mechanism to store log information and screen captures. This is designed to make it easier for participants and monitors to find test results.
- In many instances, client applications initiate tests because that is a natural workflow. If you have server applications, you should be pro-active and seek out client applications for testing. Do not stand in the corner and wait for someone to ask you to dance.
- If you find a problem while running a test, you are allowed to update your application during the event and re-run the test later.

6. What is a test partner?  How do I find test partners?

Gazelle, our connecathon management tool, assigns you a set of connectathon tests based on the the profiles, actors, and options you have registered to test. Your test partners are other vendors' system that have implemented complementary actors, eg they are on the other end of a transaction you support within a profile.

When you start an individual test within gazelle, you will be presented with a list of other vendors' test systems that are valid partners for that test.

In advance of the connectathon, you can determine who your potential test parters are. Gazelle produces a pdf report of Connectathon registration organized by profiles within each domain. See gazelle menu Registration-->Registration Overview.

7. There is a rule that says you have to test with three test partners.  What happens if there are not three partners?

If there are zero partners, the Connectathon Managers will not allow you to test. There will be no way to receive credit for testing. Connectathon Managers will not administer conformance tests as a substitute for interoperability tests.

If there are one or two test partners, Connectathon Managers will award credit if you successfully test with all available test partners.

8. May I test with my own system or my company as a test partner?

No, even if your profile has limited test partners. IHE assumes that a company is able to make their own systems work together in their own labs. We would like to see applications from different vendors working together.

9. What happens if I am working on a test and my partner fails?

For each individual test, both you and your test partner (from another company) must successfully complete all steps. When a test fails, it is often unclear where the error occurred. Even if it is apparent that the fault lies with your partner, we do not grant you credit for that test. Sometimes, your partner will be able to repair the defect and you can successfully complete the test. Otherwise, you abandon that test instance, find a different test partner, and try the test again.

10. What is the Connectathon grading system?

Based on the profiles, actors, and options you register to test, you are assigned a set of connectathon tests. In most instances, you will be required to perform three instances of each specific test wtih a different test partner to demonstrate interoperability. In no cases are participants from organization/company "A" allowed to test with equipment from the same company "A" in order to satisfy testing requirements.

Throughout the week, Connectathon Monitors evaluate the results of these tests -- by visiting your system to observe results, by observing test logs, or by running test tools with your equipment. Each evening, Connectathon Managers check your progress against the requirements for each profiel/actor pair, and assign a "passing grade" to systems that have completed their work. for that profile/actor.

11. What is the pass/fail rate at the Connectathon?

The pass rate is quite high, but not 100%. The purpose of the question is to communicate to participants that the connectathon sponsors want all participants to complete the tests for each actor/profile that is registered, but the sponsors do not guarantee success. Before the connectathon and during the connectathon, some participants drop registration of actor/profile pairs to focus on the areas where they can succeed. IHE sponsors do not publish any failures; however, IHE sponsors also do not give a participant credit for testing merely for showing up.

12. How many staff members should I allocate to the event?

Your staff members should be technical people who know how to operate and troubleshoot your equipment. Do not use the connectathon event to train new staff.

The responsibilities of a Connectathon participant include understanding the list of required tests, scheduling tests during the week with different test partners, executing test steps, gathering result logs, troubleshooting problems, demonstrating results for connectathon monitors, and monitoring test progress during the week. These are demanding tasks, and experience has shown us that it is extremely difficult to be successful if you send just one staff member.

If you haven't registered for too many profiles, two staff members should be adequate. If you have questions about staff levels for your test system, contact a Connectathon Manager for some guidance.

13. What is the Connectathon week schedule?

Each Connectathon published its own schedule.  NA and EU Connectathons typically run for five days, starting on Monday morning and ending on Friday at noon.   Some targeted Connectathons are shorter.

13a. When does the Connectathon end?

  • NA and EU Connectathons end at noon on Friday. (Other events have published schedules.) 

  • All participants are required to be in attendance until the end of Connectathon.

  • Participants are not allowed submit test results after the end of the Connectathon

  • Any finished test that is not evaluated by a connectathon monitor onsite will remain ungraded. We do not evaluate tests after the connectathon closes. You must plan your time to complete all work, both running your tests and ensuring they get graded, before the connectathon ends.

14. Do I have to stay the entire time?

Yes. This is a requirement for participating in the Connectathon.  Other participants rely on you to complete their testing. This is a collaborative event.

15. Why travel to a Connectathon?  Can't I just test over the internet?

The IHE Connectathon is designed as a face-to-face, collaborative testing event.  Since 2001, organizations participating in the Connectathon have realized the benefits of having engineers in the same room running tests, finding and fixing bugs, and exercising the IHE capabilities in their products with their industry partners.  While IHE is planning to offer additional services that allow for virtual testing, the Connectathon requires you to participate and run tests on-site.

16. What happens if my engineers don't have their software working on the first day?  What happens if they don't have it working on the third day?

It is common for participants to find bugs and fix them early in the week, allowing them to complete tests later that may not have worked on Monday. If you are still struggling on Wednesday, see FAQ question 17.

17. Would you cut off your arm to save the rest of your body?  You really do want to know the answer to this in the context of the Connectathon.

...or, during Connectathon week, you may find that you have bitten off more than you can chew. If you are registered to test multiple profile/actor pairs, you are responsible for monitoring your testing progress during the week. Connectathon participants are encouraged to manage their time and fully complete testing for a given profile/actor pair rather than perform partial, but incomplete, testing on a number of profile/actor pairs.

During the Connectathon, you may choose to drop one profile/actor in order to concentrate on completing another. Likewise, Connectathon Managers may on a case-by-case basis advise a participant to drop profile/actor pairs if we think you're at risk of not completing your work.

18. What is the difference between IHE interoperability testing and conformance testing?

We define conformance testing as testing your system against IHE profiles or existing standards using a test harness (test tool). You plug in your system, execute the conformance tests, wheels turn, bells ring and a conformance result pops out of the test harness.

IHE Interoperability testing is conducted by connecting peer systems on a network (or exchanging media where appropriate) and testing the communication and application behavior of those systems. During a Connectathon, we do perform some conformance tests, but the focus is on testing the behavior of two or more systems together.

The interoperability testing provides better proof that systems will work together in the field. It also helps us test the IHE Integration Profiles themselves. Sometimes problems in profiles or communication standards are difficult to find until different developers write applications and test these together.

19. Do I need to test at a Connectathon to sell a product?  ...to publish an Integration Statement?

You may sell a product wtih IHE capabilities or publish an IHE Integration Statement for your product without testing at a Connectathon.

20. What is a Connectathon Technical Manager and who are they in Europe & North America?

Connectathon Managers oversee the technical aspects of the Connectathon testing event. The support vendors as they prepare for the Connectathon and communicate the test requirements and schedule. They are responsible for the Connectathon test process and manage that during the event itself. With the growth of IHE, a Connectathon Manager will be aware of each of the domains tested during the event, but is not responsible for the details of each domain (see “Domain Managers for $200").

Eric Poiseau manages connectathons in Europe, and Steve Moore is the technical manager for the January North American connectathons.

21. What is a domain Technical Project Manager?  Who are they?

Technical Project Managers work with domain Technical Committees to review new profiles during the annual profile development activities. They provide guidance on pre-Connectathon test tool development, write Connectathon tests and oversee testing in each domain during the Connectathon. The Technical Project Managers are:

  • CARD domain - not assigned
  • DENTAL domain - not assigned
  • EYECARE domain - not assigned
  • ITI domain - Lynn Felhofer
  • PaLM domain - Eric Poiseau 
  • PATH domain - Eric Poiseau
  • PCC domain - Steve Moore
  • PCD domain - Paul Sherman
  • PHARM domain - Eric Poiseau
  • QRPH domain - Steve Moore
  • RAD domain - Lynn Felhofer

22. What is a Connectathon Monitor?

The Connectathon sponsors recruit a contingent of volunteers to evaluate the results of the tests you run with your partners. Connectathon Monitors are experts in a variety of clinical areas; they are PACS administrators, security whizzes, academics and more. They are not vendors (ie vendors don't evaluate other vendors' work).

23. What are Thorough and Supportive testing?

We have a full explanation here.

24. Does IHE supply the computer systems at the Connectathon?

No, you must provide your own equipment.

25. What kind of hardware do participants bring to the Connectathon?

Years ago, many participants had large computers shipped to the Connectathon. Now, the majority of test systems arrive on the connectathon floor running on laptop computers. Production-level hardware is generally not needed to complete connectathon testing.

26. May I contact other participants in advance to discuss testing or other items?

Yes.

27. Will a .NET application communicate with a Java application?

This a trick question. IHE relies on network protocols that are independent of implementation technology. If your software properly implements the communication protocol, your application will be able to exchange messages with peer systems. It does not matter if the peer system uses .NET, Java, C++ or python.

28. Do you know how to configure my system for printing with your printer?  Do you know how to configure my VM software?

No, and no. The staff you send to the connectathon should know the ins and outs of your test system.

29. How many plants should my conference organizer order?

None. (We really did get this question once.) This is an engineering event. Leave your decorative plants at home. However, a small bowl of chocolates has been known to be popular with visiting test partners and connectathon monitors.

 

10 Connectathon Preparation Tips from the Pros

  This page shares 10 Connectathon Tips from vendors that have participated in the IHE Connectathon for many years

 

  1. SHED EXCESS BAGGAGE:  During Connectathon preparation, you may realize that you're signed up to test too much, or that you didn't finish development on the profile that was a stretch goal.  Send your Connectathon Manager a note requesting to drop that profile/actor so you can focus your efforts where you're sure to succeed. You can drop actors anytime from close of registration through connectathon week itself.

  2. SHARE:  Approve your system's configs in gazelle.  Find your partners' approved configs and enter them into your system.

  3. STUDY FOR THE TEST: Read through the tests before you arrive on-site at the Connectathon.  Here are some tips on how best to do this.

  4. USE SKYPE:  Unless corporate policy prohibits the use of skype on your computer, get a skype account.  On the top of the gazelle home page under 'User Preferences', identify your skypeID.  While you are running a test with a partner that is 3 aisles away, you will find it efficient to use skype to communicate.

  5. GET TRAINED: View our training on connectathon process and use of gazelle and other tools during connectathon week. Review the Training page.

  6. CHECK THE CHECKLIST:  In the weeks prior to the Connectaton, review the Profile-specific Connectathon Preparation page.  Have you completed the items for your profiles?

  7. IDENTIFY TEST PARTNERS: Use gazelle to examine the list of systems registered for each profile that you are testing (menu Connectathon-->Registration Overview or menu Connectathon/Find systems). Identify a few potential partners for the first day or two of testing. This will enable you to hit the ground running at the beginning of the week.

  8. MAKE A CHEAT SHEET:  Write your configuration information on a business-card-sized piece of paper; include your system name, table #, your name & skypeID.  Make 50 copies.  During the Connectathon, when test partners approach you with a config question, it's very easy to hand them a copy...not all of your partners will have completed #2.

  9. IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES / MAKE A PLAN. This item applies to companies testing many profiles.  You should decide which are most important to you.  Make a plan to ensure you complete 100% of tests for your top priority profiles, rather than 80% of tests for all profiles.

  10. ASK QUESTIONS:  If you're puzzled about some aspect of the connectathon process, ask questions now. Contact us!

A Beginner's Guide to Successful Testing at the Connectathon

This page is dedicated to the newbies but most of the tips apply to everybody so do not hesitate to go through this page. Might you have some other good tips to share, contact Anne-Gaëlle Bergé.

Many thanks to our contributors:

  • Dave Franken
  • Eric Poiseau 

Help Each Other

This is so important that it's basically the Golden Rule. We're all in it together and to be successful with our tests, we need each other. Luckily, the Connectathon-floor is mostly "manager-and sales rep"-free, there are only helpful developers and there is a big camaraderie. Competition stops at the door. Trying to be helpful is great, but you also have to be honest. If someone asks you to do a test and you really don't have time for it, just say no. Don't make someone else wait for you and waste his precious time. 

Read the Specs Carefully and Closely

Everything starts at the specs (Technical Framework). Make sure your implementation is based on the most recent version, there's a new release about every year. Supplements are released even more often, so be sure to pay close attention to when new versions are released. The specs are carefully constructed by committees, so usually there is little room for interpretation. Most disputes at Connectathon (you're doing it wrong! no, you're wrong!) are solved by just reading the specs carefully.

You would also follow the tutorials/trainings (http://gazelle.ihe.net/training). Although we try to make testing as easy as possible, this is not an easy task and discovering how the test tools are working on the connectathon floor is not a solution !

Test your implementations before coming to the Connectathon

This should be pretty obvious, but what I'm trying to say is that when you're planning to (re)develop an implementation for the Connectathon, you should leave plenty of room to test your software before actually going. The Connectathon shouldn't be used to test and redevelop your software (although that's inevitable), but mainly to get green check marks for software which already works. TLS/SSL is a big hurdle for most vendors, you really want to make sure this works before coming, otherwise you'll likely be spending and wasting the entire first day just to get SSL working. 

Pre-Connectathon testing should guide you in the testing you need to perform before arriving on the connectathon floor.

Make sure your software is flexible

One mistake we've made in the past is that every time we wanted our consumer to connect to another registry, we had to recompile and redeploy our software with a new configuration. If you make sure you can easily connect your software to another system than the one that's currently configured, you will save a lot of time. You should only recompile and redeploy your software when you've made an actual change to the source due to a bug you've discovered, not because you want to connect differently.

Peers configuration can be imported from Gazelle Test Management. Gazelle allows you to export peers configuration in a CSV file that can then be easily used to feed your own application, avoiding you to enter them manually ! 

Make sure you can easily locate the log details a test needs

Most tests require you to upload log files or copy-paste some info from them. You should make sure that you can easily locate whatever the test needs. A mistake we've made in the past was to have every log info dumped to a single file which rotated every 2MB. It was a mess and we wasted a lot of time just to find what we were looking for. An idea here is to have a log per endpoint you're connected with or per transaction. 

Using the proxy is one of the solution to make sure the exchanged messages are stored correctly. We will still do not have the ability to capture the logs of transaction under TLS, but for all the rest this is allow you easily capture the actual messages exchanged with the peers.

Manage your logistics

A lot of time at the Connectathon is spent on managing logistics, rather than actual testing. By this I mean finding partners to test with and streamlining tests. We always print out business card sized notes with our details (endpoints, table # and things like that). Skype is the de facto communication tool used at the Connectathon so you should have an account and add your test partners. This saves you from having to walk across the room every time you want to discuss something with your test partner. At Gazelle you can find everyone's system configs, so make sure you preload that information in advance. 

Gazelle allows you to share a skype account information for each systems that you have registered. We recommend to use a dedicated account, one you create for the purpose of the event. Note that all your peer may not have the authorization to use skype…. so wearing good pair of shoes is a plus ! 

Don't try to do too much

There are a lot of exciting profiles and testing them is a lot of fun, but also a hassle, especially when things don't work out or you have to fix some bugs. You should limit yourself to something that's realistic so you won't have a lot of unfinished profiles at the end. To give you a number, my partner and I did about 50 tests per person in 4.5 days, which amounts to about 11 tests per person per day. That might not seem like a lot, but it really is. I think that trying to do something like 40 tests per person for the week is an achievable goal, but you should be careful not to overburden yourself.

Connectathon Results

During the Connectathon each IHE actor/profile combination is assigned a series of unit and system tests to perform. When a system completes the required set of tests with the required number of partners, the Connectathon managers update an electronic database to indicate that the participant completed that suite of tests. After the Connectathon is completed and after several days of review, all results that indicate completed testing are published in a common database/webserver. IHE does not publish any results that indicate an organization tried but did not complete testing.

Participants are encouraged to refer to their participation in the Connectathon in marketing and promotional materials. The appropriate language to use is to indicate that the vendor has “completed Connectathon testing of <<one or more specific IHE actors in one or more IHE integration profiles>>”.

Companies are strongly discouraged from using IHE participation to make unsupported product claims, including comparisons with other vendors. Claims using such words as “gold stars”, “certification,” and “validation” are not appropriate, as the Connectathon is not a certification event and IHE is not a certifying body. Companies using references to their IHE participation in ways that, in the view of the sponsoring organizations, violate the spirit of the initiative will risk having their names removed from the official list of IHE participants.

Again, publishing IHE Integration Statements is the best way to document your products’ IHE capabilities.

History of Connectathons

In North America

From January 2011, IHE USA is using Gazelle Test Management to manage the connectathons.

In Europe

In Europe, the connectathon is an opportunity for the promotion of IHE in the hosting country. For more than 10 years now, we have moved around Europe, promoting IHE through the connectathon. The following list presents the history of the connectathon events in Europe.

  • 2001 : Charenton-le-pont in Paris suburb
    • First European Event. 18 systems from 13 companies with the objective to prepare demonstration of the SWF, PIR, KIN  and CPI profiles at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR)
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2002 : Villejuif in Paris suburb
    • Italy and Germany joined the second european event raising the number of systems to over 50. The embryo of Kudu was created. A few postgresql tables and some PHP pages to manage the testing.
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2003 : Aachen, Germany
    • First time we had a social event ! Thanks to Berthold Wein who organized the entire event, we have been able to discover Aachen, a city that use to be the European Capital at the time of Charlemagne
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2004 : Padova, Italy
    • First time we have tested IT-infrastructure profiles. Great pasta
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2005 : Noordwijkerhoud, The Netherlands
    • The connectathon took place the week before the 1st HL7 meeting in Europe. We were in the Tulip region, just on time... the flowers were all cut before the HL7 meeting began. We were very lucky.
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2006 : Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007 : Berlin, Germany
  • 2008 : Oxford, UK
    • Snow in Oxford on the sunday. The event took place in a big tent on Saint Catherine college campus. When we turned the coffee machine on, the power went down...
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2009 : Vienna, Austria
    • Part of the event was managed using Gazelle
    • The event took place in the Remise. Very nice room decoration.
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2010 : Bordeaux, France
    • The 10th European Connectathon. A cake and good wines...
    • First event entirely managed by Gazelle
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2011 : Pisa, Italy
    • epSOS Projectathon in parallel to the Connectahon
    • Access to the internet through a wimax antenna... Challenging !
    • 4th event managed by Gazelle: need to improve the performance of Gazelle as it does not support the load.
    • Photo Gallery
  • 2012 : Bern, Switzerland
    • epSOS Projectathon in parallel to the Connectahon
    • 6th event managed by Gazelle: Huge improvement in the performance. Use of the proxy and of the OrderManager

Next event:

  • 2014: Vienna, Austria

View IHE European Connectathon in a larger map

In Korea

  • 2012: Daegu
    • IHE Korea has used Gazelle.

In Japan

  • 2012 : Tokyo
    • IHE Japan has used Gazelle.

    Contact Us

      Contact information & email lists for asking questions & staying informed about IHE activities and Connectathons.

    Connectathon Contacts & Support
    European Connectathon email list

    EU_connectathon google group

    To join the group, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.com

    European Connectathon Technical Manager Eric Poiseau
    European Connectathon logistics - contract, payment, hotel, badges... Eric Poiseau
    North American Connectathon email list

    na_connectathon google group

    To join the group, send an email to NA_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.com

    North American Connectathon Technical Manager Steve Moore
    North American Connectathon logistics - contract, payment, hotel, badges... IHE USA staff

      

    Tool Support
    For a link to each tool & info for getting support, see --> Index to IHE test tools

      

    IHE Committee mailing lists & Developer forums

    IHE regional & domain committees 

    Technical forums for implementers of IHE profiles

    IHE Mailing Lists

      

    IHE Domain Technical Project Managers - oversee testing and support Technical Committees in IHE domains
    Anatomic Pathology Eric Poiseau
    Cardiology  
    Dental  
    Endoscopy  
    Eye Care  
    IT Infrastructure Lynn Felhofer
    Laboratory Eric Poiseau
    Patient Care Coordination Steve Moore
    Patient Care Devices Paul Sherman
    Pharmacy Eric Poiseau
    Quality, Research & Public Health Steve Moore
    Radiation Oncology Bruce Curran
    Radiology Lynn Felhofer

    Current Connectathons

      Links to information about upcoming Connectathons world-wide:

     

    NA Connectathon 2019 Resources

    IHE USA welcomes your participation in the IHE North American Connectathon 2019.  This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration is open in the Gazelle Test Management System Sep 10 - Oct 12, 2018.

    Important for 2019!!

    Contract submission and payment are due at the close of registration. That means you have to generate the contract and make payment by October 12, 2018. If you have questions, please contact the IHE USA sponsors: connectathon@ihe.net

     

    For Participants

    Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Participation Checklist

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    Registration

    IHE Technical Frameworks, Consolidated CDA

    Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info ...

    Pre-Connectathon

    Technical Resources

    Targeted Resources

    Training Material / Webex Presentations

    Communication (email addresses, email lists)

    Miscellaneous

    FAQ's

     

     

     

    For Monitors:

      

     

     

     

    System Registration and Contract Generation - North American Connectathons

    Participation in a North American Connectathon requires system registration in the Gazelle system and a signed contract generated by that system.

     

    These are the steps needed to enter the required data and generate the contract. There are instructions in the contract on how to submit the contract with payment.

     

    Create at least one account in Gazelle

    Possibly create accounts for other users

    7 slides

    Enter organization demographics

    6 slides

    Enter information for Finance, Marketing and Technical Contacts

    13 slides

    Enter information for one or more systems

    13 slides

    Generate contract

    5 slides

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2019 New Supplements

    New Supplements

    The following table contains new supplements that are published for the first time. We include only those supplements that have been published after January 2018.  

    We purposely omit supplements that have been re-published.

     

    DomainAcronymSupplement / Profile

    Cardiology

     

     

    IT Infrastructure

    AS4

    Asynchronous AS4 Option

    IT Infrastructure

    RMU

    Restricted Metadata Update

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

     

     

    Patient Care Coordination

    CDA-DSS

    CDA Document Summary Section

    Patient Care Coordination

    DCP

    Dynamic Care Plan

    Patient Care Coordination

    FPv2

    Family Planning Version 2

    Patient Care Coordination

    PCS

    Paramedicine Care Summary

    Patient Care Devices

     

     

    Pharmacy

     

     

    Quality, Research, Public Health

    QORE

    Quality Outcome Reporting for EMS 

    Radiology

    EBIW

    Encounter Based Imaging Workflow

    Radiology

    WIA

    Web-based Image Access

    NA Connectathon 2019 Application and Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due December 21, 2018.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Steve Moore (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    There is a a new Gazelle in town. The training for this has changed.

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland:  NetworkDescription-NA2019.pdf

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle (http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle (http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na)
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

     

    NA Connectathon 2019 Week Resources

      Bookmark this page for easy access to resources used to support your Connectathon testing.

    Testing schedule for the week

    Daily:

    Mon, Jan 21, 2019  8:00 am -  4:00 pm EST On-site check-in / badge pickup
    Mon, Jan 21, 2019  8:00 am - 10:00 am Connectathon Participant system set-up
    Mon, Jan 21, 2019 10:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 1
    Tue, Jan 22, 2019  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 2
    Wed, Jan 23, 2019  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 3
    Thu, Jan 24, 2019  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Sesson 4
    Fri, Jan 25, 2019  8:00 am -  noon Connectathon Test Session 5: Hard stop at noon

     

    After-hours access:

    Participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor. There is a curfew time TBD.

    Daily 'need to know' announcements

    The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

    Please check your email at 9am and 1:30pm each day. We will send twice-daily "need to know" announcements to the na_connectathon email list.

    Seating Assignments

    -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization. You can use the spreadsheet now for a table location if you need to ship something or order services. Your table location will also be entered in Gazelle before the end of the calendar year (2017). This will show up for you and your partners as you are running tests.
    -- Connectathon floor plan

    Network Info

    Wireless / General

      • SSID:  NA2019
      • Password:  cleveland19

    Wireless / PCD Testers

    • SSID:  PCD
    • Password:  cleveland19

    Gazell Test Management

    Gazelle on-site: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Guidance for Monday's session

    We hope you've already reviewed the 10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros.

    Monday 8:00-10am is for system set-up.  After 10am, we expect you to perform testing. Here is guidance on goals to accomplish during Monday's testing session:

      • Configure and connect to tools for your profiles.
      • Complete the 5-minute Consistent Time "CT_Client" test
      • Content Creators -- submit CDA/C-CDA docs into the samples area of gazelle for evaluation
      • Modalities/Evidence Creators -- submit DICOM samples into gazelle and the Central Archive
      • Submit media you create to the assigned Monitor -->  give XDM and PDI media to monitor Dawn Schwartz at table N22
        • It is good practice to hand a monitor your media rather than just dropping it at the table.
      • Any other tests labeled "*_Do_This_First" or "*_Read_This_First"
      • In general, work on other no-peer tests.
      • Then, move on to peer-to-peer tests.

    Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk

        • logistics, "I'm lost", shipping...

    Network staff - (TBD)

    Tool help - see section below

    Steve Moore - (TBD)

        • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • QRPH, PCC and C-CDA tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle help. Traditional Level 1 and Level 2 support.
          • "I need to reset my password"
          • "I need to drop a profile/actor"

    Lynn Felhofer - (TBD)

        • ITI and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading
        • Monitor support

    Cédric Eoche-Deval - (TBD)

        • Gazelle support. This is Level 3 support.

     Paul Sherman - (TBD)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Assigned partners for some profiles

    See Lynn Felhofer (xxx) with any questions about these assignments.

    Tools - locations & support

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNVe8_L7_ll20bCrG--lqlVeIab0cMTEMl8qADhprtk/pubhtml

    Integral Tools

    The tools listed in the first table below are considered an integral part of Connectathon testing. These tools are referenced in Connectathon tests and are part of the test procedure.

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    Gazelle Itself

    Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Cédric (tbd)

    Gazelle Security Suite

    - Home of ATNA Questionnaires

    - TLS client / server simulator

    - ATNA Audit message validator

    - Syslog collector (ARR simulator)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/gss

    Cédric (tbd)

    CDA Validation (several)

    PCC, QRPH and C-CDA Testing

    IHE CDA Overview of Testing Procedure

    Steve (TBD)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: http://central-archive.ihe-us-test.net:18080/dcm4chee-web3/

    password: admin/admin (to add your AE title so the archive will accept your association)

    IP addr / port: central-archive.ihe-us-test.net /  11112

    IP addr / port: 10.242.128.43 /  11112

    AET: DCM4CHEE 

    Steve (TBD)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient

    Eric (TBD)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (TBD)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

    Eric (TBD) 

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (TBD)

    XDW validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

    TBD

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/proxy

    TBD

    Gazelle Order Manager

    Is the DSS/OF for CARD & RAD profiles:

    --DICOM Modality Worklist SCP for RAD & CARD modalities

    --RAD-13 sender for RAD & CARD Image Managers

    Watch this short "how to" video

     https://gazelle.ihe.net/OrderManager

     (TBD) 

    Gazelle Patient Manager

    Source of pre-load Patients

    Patient Demographics Supplier and Patient Encounter Supplier in the PAM Profile

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/PatientManager

     (TBD) 

    FHIR Read-Only Server

    - Hosts FHIR Resources used as datasets for some profiles

    http://fhir-read:8080/hapi-fhir-ro  (web GUI)

    http://fhir-read:8080/hapi-fhir-ro/baseDstu3 (server base)

    Steve (TBD)

    FHIR Read-Write Server

    - Resource validation
    - Participants can store resources here

    http://fhir-write:8080/hapi-fhir-rw (web GUI)

    http://fhir-write:8080/hapi-fhir-rw/baseDstu3 (server base)

    Steve (TBD)

    NIST HL7 v2.x

    For HL7 v2.x PIX/PDQ

    For QRPH VRDR HL7 messages

    http://hl7v2tools.nist.gov/portal/#/

    http://hl7v2-cf-validator.nist.gov/cf-validator/#/home

    Rob (TBD)

    PCD Tools

    PCD Message Validation

    http://ihe-pcd-con.nist.gov/PCD-HL7WebCon/#home.htm

    John Garguilo (TBD)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/sts

    TBD

    XDS Tools 

     XD* profile testing

     - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://nist1:9080/

    - XDS toolkit: TBD

    - XDS Registry Dashboard: from the toolkit home page, select Connectathon Tools --> Dashboard

    Bill (TBD)

    XDS Toolkit 2019

    XD* test support
    XCA test support
    MHD test support

    http://xdstools.ihe-us-test.net

    Bill
    (TBD)

    XDS-I Tools 2019

    For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations.

    Uses the NIST XDS Toolkit directly

    http://xds-imaging-tools.ihe-us-test.net

    Steve (TBD)

    Backup or Experimental Tools

    The tools listed in the table below are considered as backups or possibly experimental.

    Backup: Tool is available if someone needs to review/resolve an issue by using one of our tools. These are not part of the defined testing protocol.

    Experimental: A tool is in development. We may ask you for your help in running a few tests to examine the behavior of our testing software.

    Tool Status Used for Location / Config info Support

     

    NA Connectathon 2019 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our extraordinary volunteer monitors.

    Table of Contents

     

    Connectathon Week Resources

      >>Schedule for the week:

    Monday Jan 21

    • 11:00-11:30 - Arrive at Cleveland Convention Center, pick up your badge at the registration desk
    • 11:00 - Monitor welcome meeting in Room tbd
    • noon - Lunch!
    • 1:00 - 1:30 - Find your table, get hooked to the network
    • 1:30 - 5:30 - Test verification begins

    Tueday Jan 22

    Wed & Thur Jan 23, 24

    • 9:00 - 5:30 - Connectathon testing session

    Friday Jan 25

      >>Gazelle:

    The link to Gazelle on-site & off-site is the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    See Steve (xxx), Cédric (xxx), or Lynn (xxx) about any gazelle problems, password resets, etc

      >>Seating chart:

    -- Seating assignments tbd - Table locations are visible in test instance in gazelle to help you locate test partners in the room

      >> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

            Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

      >>Network Info:

    • Network support staff on-site -- go to table tbd.
    • Connectathon Network Description for testing participants: tbd
    • Wireless network for monitors:
      • SSID: Monitors
      • Password: <ask Lynn for this>

      >>Ask questions. Get help:

    • Logistics (expenses, travel...):  Sarah Bell at the Registration Desk or Help Desk
    • Network problems:  Network support staff (xxx
    • Gazelle help:  Lynn Felhofer (xxx)
    • Questions on Patient Care Devices PCD tests:  Paul Sherman (xxx)
    • Questions on CDA, RFD tests:  Steve Moore (xxx)
    • Questions on all other tests:  Lynn Felhofer (xxx)
    • Tool help:  ...varies by tool.  See link in the next section.

      >>Test tools - locations & support:

    See https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/na-connectathon-2019-week-resources#Tools

    We point you to the Participants' page so that we all have consistent information.

    Contact Us:

    Please contact Jeremiah or Lynn for support.  We will use the Connectathon monitor google group to make announcements to the monitor team.

    Technical Preparation Resources:

    >> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

    Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

    We organize IHE profiles with common characteristics or technologies into "clusters", and then we assign monitors to evaluate tests in one "cluster" (perhaps two).  The google spreadsheet contains the first draft of monitor assignments.  We try to assign you to profiles that match your expertise.  We hope that some assignments allow you to learn something new.  During the Connectathon, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to work in areas outside of your primary assignment. In fact, each monitor has the capability to evaluate tests in almost any profile.

    There are two tabs in the spreadsheet:

      • The first "Assignments" tab contains a row for each monitor.  The columns identify the profile "clusters".  The numbers in the column indicate how you will spend your time, eg a "1" indicates you will devote your time evaluating tests in that cluster.  Some monitors are asked to split time between two clusters.   During Connectathon week monitors will have the opportunity to evaluate tests in another area based on your interest or on our need for help in a certain area.
      • The second "Cluster-Profiles" tab identifies the profiles in each cluster.  Each profile listed in Column D contains a link to that profile's documentation.  If the link is to Technical Framework Volume 1, then there is one chapter per profile.  If the link is to a Trial Implementation Supplement, then the entire profile is contained within one document.  The yellow rows also point to available preparation material.

    >> Technical Specifications: 

    The specifications we test at the Connectathon are contained in IHE Technical Framework documentation.   IHE publishes its Technical Framework documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Volume 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section below before you read the documentation.

    If you have time prior to the Connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in Technical Framework "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. 

    We also test HL7 Consolidated CDA® Release 2.1.  Those specifications are here.

     

    >> Monitor training material

    While we provide material to enable monitors to do some preparation prior to the Connectathon, we understand the demands of your day job, and we have to requirements for you to do advance prep.

    That said, the table below contains links to available training material that falls into 3 categories.  (More will be added before January.

    • The January 8 Connectathon Monitor webinar -- if you have time for only one prep item, this is the one to choose.
    • General training topics -- probably of more interest to first-time monitors
    • Cluster-specific training material -- these trainings are organized according to the 'clusters' of profiles you are assigned to.

     

    Topic
    Date/Time
    Duration
    Connectathon overview for all monitors: 

    Connectathon Monitors - Preparation & Process Webinar:  
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Gazelle walk-through
    - Q & A

    Webex link:  https://himss.webex.com/himss/j.php?MTID=m519355bdcf0acc3126f47de97e8a22d1

    Phone number:  866-469-3239

    Meeting number:  920 003 544         Meeting password:   Meeting123

    Tuesday,

    Jan 8, 10:00 CST

    60 min

    General training: (primary audience is new monitors)

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    40 min

    Connectathon Terminology
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    11 min

    Using gazelle to review Connectathon test definitions

    How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

    8 min

    Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it.

    We collect participants' material on this Training Page.

     

    IHE 2018 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    multiple presentations; duration varies
    Training for Connectathon tools:
    See links in this note sent to the monitor email list.
    Cluster-specific trainings:

    CDA Cluster Training

       Overview of CDA Testing Procedure

     n/a

    ITI-ETC (ITI Other) Profile Overview

      Recording link | slides

    7 min

    Media Cluster Profile Overview  

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    18 min

    Mobile Cluster Profile Overview 

      Recording link (2018) | slides
    39 min

    PatID Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    7 min

    RAD Visual Cluster Profile Overview

      slides

    n/a

    RAD-Web Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    20 min

    RAD-WF (Radiology Workflow) Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    34 min

    RFD (Retrieve Form for Data Capture) Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    30 min

    Security Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

      Using the Gazelle Security Suite Tool for ATNA verification -- Recording | slides

      Participant ATNA Resource Web Page

      Secure Retrieve (SeR) Profile test scenario -- slides



    32 min

    20 min

     

    SR Cluster Profile Overview

      slides

    n/a

    XC* (Cross Community Cluster) Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    43 min

    XDS (Document Sharing Cluster) Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    Tool training -- there is a new version of XDS Tools this year; Bill will tutor on-site in Cleveland.

    34 min

    XDS-I Cluster Profile Overview

     slides

     n/a

    XDW Cluster Profile Overview

     slides

     n/a

     

    Timeline for Connectathon Monitors:

    BEFORE CONNECTATHON-->

    Refer to this Connectathon Monitor Travel Guide for guidance on all travel-related tasks!

    Nov 15

    -- Complete Monitor Travel Survey.  
    -- If you will book flights to Cleveland, activate your account in Concur Travel. 

    Nov 30 Book flights (if applicable).  Refer to the Connectathon Monitor Travel Guide. Monitors must arrange airfare through Concur Travel.
    Dec 1 Register for your Monitor badge.  You will receive an invitation from Cvent via email with registration link.
    Dec 1 Request advance per diem.  Send per diem form to sbell@himss.org.

    (Alternatively, submit post-event per diem form by Feb 9, 2019.)

    Jan 9, 10-11 am CST

    Attend the Connectathon Monitors - Preparation & Process Webinar:  
    - Monitor responsibilities 
    - Connectathon process for monitors 
    - Gazelle walk-through 
    - Q & A

    Recording link | Slides

    CONNECTATHON WEEK-->
    Mon Jan 21, 11:00-11:30 am Monitors arrive at the Cleveland Convention Center and pick up badges at registration desk.
    Monday
    11:30 am
    Monitor welcome/orientation meeting. 
    Meeting Room 23 on the Exhibit Floor level, adjacent to the Registration/Check-in.
    Monday noon - 1:00 pm Lunch -- get to know your monitor colleagues.  Participants will be having lunch, too.
    Monday 1:00 - 1:30 pm Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. 
    Monday 
    1:30 - 5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing session.  Monitors start work on test verification.
     

    AFTER HOURS ACCESS: There is no expectation that volunteer monitors will support vendor participants outside of the daily testing sessions.  Monitors and participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

    -- mornings starting at 7:30 am
    -- evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.  No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  Everyone must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    Tue, Wed, Thurs
    9 am-5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing sessions / test verification.

    Tues Jan 16

    6:30-9:30 pm

    Social Event for Connectathon participants and monitors at Collision Bend Brewery.
    Fri Jan 25 
    8 am-noon

    Final Connectathon testing session.

    Connectathon ends promptly at noon.

    AFTER CONNECTATHON-->

    Feb 9 If you did not request advance per diem by Dec 1 then send your post-event  per diem form to sbell@himss.org.

     

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Our Connectathon FAQ for vendor participants 

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

     

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    IHE Europe 2019 Connectathon in Rennes (France)

    Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from IHE Europe available at the following URL: https://connectathon.ihe-europe.net/

    This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration will open in gazelle on Nov 30th 2018 to January, 15th 2019.

    Some years ago, Dave Franken shared good tips with us about how to prepare to be successful in Luxembourg, read him here.

     

     Technical Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Contact Us!

    Get help when you need it.

     

    EU Connectathon 2019 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the April Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to The Netherlands. From January until April, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. March through mid-April participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the EU Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group. Please provide your company name when subscribing, your request might not be accepted otherwise.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
    Profiles to be tested

    Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.

    Access the list

    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    XDS/XDS-I ATNA Tues-Wed partner assignments On Tues & Wed of Connectathon week, we assign some test partners for infrastructure actors in XDS, XDS-I and ATNA (Audit Record Repositories and Doc Registries & Repositories)
    Cross-Community testing 

    Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and cross-community profiles XC* (eg XCA, XCPD, etc)

    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics (TBC) IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connectathon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the EU Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2019 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE Europe manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Rennes, FR (See this link for further details)
    April 8-12, 2019

    Opening hours: 

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - noon

    Testing hours

    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    • Friday : 9:00am - noon

     

    All participants are required to attend until noon on Friday ! Even though you are fine with your tests, some partners may still need your assistance to finish up their tests.

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    This schedule will help you stay on track from January through April!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.

     

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE Europe publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE European Connectathon 2019.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

    Connectathon 2019 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our wonderful volunteer monitors.

    1. Monitor recruitment
    2. Monitor Email list
    3. Logistics: Travel, Expenses, Non-Disclosure & Confict of Interest forms 
    4. WHERE & WHEN? Schedule, Gazelle, Table Assignments
    5. WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments
    6. HOW? Training Material
    7. IHE Technical Framework Documentation
    8. Our FAQ for vendor participants
    9. Nice video on the benefits of being a monitor
    10. Contact us

    Monitor recruitment

    The recruitment period for the 2019 connectathon in Rennes is now open. Submit your application through the form available at https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/monitor-recruitment-form-rennes-fr-2019. You are required to be logged in to access this page; if you do not have an account on Gazelle website (different than the one for Gazelle applications), please email to Hilary Ramanantsalama or Anne-Gaëlle Bergé to get an access. 

    Monitor Email list

    When the recruitment period is over and the manage team has selected the monitors, all monitors will be invited to join the Google group dedicated to monitors. No personal email will be sent.

    Logistics

    Please carefully review the following material:

    • Test assignments:
      • Google spreadsheet
      • Gazelle Test Management
    • Training

    If you have questions about travel or other logistics, Hilary RAMANTSALAMA and Anne-Gaëlle Bergé are happy to help.

    WHEN & WHERE? Schedule, Gazelle & Table Assignments

    The 2019 European Connectathon, IHE's week-long interoperability testing event, is held in Rennes.

    Table Assignments

    show where monitors & tests systems will be located in April.

    • Spreadsheet with table assignments: To be published
    • PDF of table layout at the Connectathon: To be published

    HOW? Training Material

    We expect additional profile- and tool-specific training to be available here.

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    Req'd for new monitors

    Returing monitors are welcome

    Connectathon monitor - process overview
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

     

    mp4pdf

     

     

    Req'd for new monitors


    Returing monitors are welcome

    Gazelle walk-through
    We have two resources for you.

    - Webex training on how monitors use gazelle & the proxy during connectathon week to work with participants and verify tests. 
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)
    0:11
     

    ...

     
    **optional** educational material for monitors

    IHE 2017 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    IT Infrastructure domain training material
    These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific. They are geared to an audience which is familiar with healthcare interoperability problems in general but is not familiar with the way IHE addresses problems or the specific profiles provided by ITI. You may find topics of interest to you in your "day job".

    multiple presentations available; duration varies
      Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it. We collect participants' material on our Training Page.  

     

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation

    To prepare for the connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Vol 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section above before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Our FAQ for vendor participants

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Contact Us

    For help with logistics (travel, hotel, expenses), please contact TBD
    For questions about Connectathon processes & tools, or your assignment, contact Hilary RAMANANTSALAMA or Anne-Gaëlle Bergé.

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    IHE Change Proposals

    Overview

    IHE Change Proposals (CPs) are individual Microsoft Word documents that describe in detail the text changes required of an existing IHE document (Technical Framework, Trial Implementation Supplement) to correct an outright error, clarify an issue or perhaps add new functionality to an existing profile, actor or transaction. Each IHE domain manages the inbound proposals, completes the CP documents to include the appropriate deletions and additions to existing documents, publishes the CP documents and incorporates those changes into the existing Final Text or Trial Implementation supplements.

     

    Final Text and Trial Implementation supplements are published annually (schedule depends on the domain), while Change Proposal documents can be published at any time during the year. For purposes of Connectathon testing, Connectathon participants are responsible for the updates documented in the Change Proposal documents when the Change Proposal documents are published. This allows participants at the Connectathon events to use the latest updates to existing IHE profiles.

     

    One caveat to the paragraph above is that there does need to be a realistic cutoff date for the publication of Change Proposals. A Connectathon participant cannot be expected to modify a Connectathon system to meet a Change Proposal that is published by a committee one week prior to the Connectathon.

     

    Change Proposal Cutoff Date

    Participants in January Connectathons in North America will be responsible for CP documents published by committees on or before November the prior year.

    Participants in the April Connectathons in Europe are responsible for CP documents published on or before January prior to the event.

    See the table below for links to Change Proposal documents.

     

    In the rare case that the Technical Project Manager for a domain determines that a specific Change Proposal is critical for successful testing of an IHE Integraton Profile or Trial Implementation Supplement, that Technical Project Manager will track that Change Proposal and communicate directly with the Connectathon participants regarding that issue. This is indeed a rare event. There are times that issues are found during the pre-Connectathon testing, and the Technical Project Manager for that domain will work with the appropriate Technical Committee to evaluate the issue and document a path to address the issue.

     

    List of Resources

    IHE is working on a unified process for managing Change Proposals, but that documentation process is still under development. The table below lists the domains that are offered for testing for NA and EU Connectathons. The second column in the table below indicates the domains that have links to their Change Proposal documents on IHE's main Technical Frameworks page: http://www.ihe.net/Technical_Frameworks.

     

    Domain

    Link on TF Page

    Link to Change Proposal Summary
    Anatomic Pathology    
    Cardiology   ftp://ftp.ihe.net/Cardio/TF_Maintenance
    IT Infrastructure Y

    ITI CP Tracking Spreadsheet
    -- The 'Approved CPs' tab lists CPs that have passed ballot and will be incorporated into the next Technical Framework publications
    -- the 'Open CPs' tab contains CPs assigned for future work

    Laboratory    
    Patient Care Coordination   https://wiki.ihe.net/index.php/PCC_Change_Proposals
    Patient Care Devices    http://wiki.ihe.net/index.php?title=PCD_CP_grid
    Pharmacy      not yet available
    Quality, Research, Public Health   QRPH CP Tracking Spreadsheet 
    Radiology Y

    Radiology CP Tracking Spreadsheet
    -- 'Final Text' CPs have been approved but not yet incorporated
    -- 'Incorporated' CP are now in the RAD TF and TI supplements

     

     

    [ARCHIVES] Past connectathons

      Archives of past connectathons

    IHE Europe 2018 Connectathon in The Hague

    the hague

    Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from IHE Europe available at the following URL: http://connectathon.ihe-europe.net/

    This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration will open in gazelle on Dec 1st 2017 to January, 15th 2018.

    Some years ago, Dave Franken shared good tips with us about how to prepare to be successful in Luxembourg, read him here.

     

     Technical Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Contact Us!

    Get help when you need it.

     

    EU Connectathon 2018 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the April Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to The Netherlands. From January until April, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. March through mid-April participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the EU Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
     

     

    Profiles to be tested

    Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.

    Access the list

    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    XDS/XDS-I ATNA Tues-Wed partner assignments On Tues & Wed of Connectathon week, we assign some test partners for infrastructure actors in XDS, XDS-I and ATNA (Audit Record Repositories and Doc Registries & Repositories)
    Cross-Community testing 

    Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and cross-community profiles XC* (eg XCA, XCPD, etc)

    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics (TBC) IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connectathon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the EU Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2018 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE Europe manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Den Haag, NL (See this link for further details)
    April 16-20, 2018

    Opening hours: 

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - noon

    Testing hours

    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    • Friday : 9:00am - noon

     

    All participants are required to attend until noon on Friday ! Even though you are fine with your tests, some partners may still need your assistance to finish up their tests.

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    This schedule will help you stay on track from January through April!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.

     

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE Europe publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE European Connectathon 2018.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2018 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our wonderful volunteer monitors.

    1. Monitor recruitment
    2. Monitor Email list
    3. Logistics: Travel, Expenses, Non-Disclosure & Confict of Interest forms 
    4. WHERE & WHEN? Schedule, Gazelle, Table Assignments
    5. WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments
    6. HOW? Training Material
    7. IHE Technical Framework Documentation
    8. Our FAQ for vendor participants
    9. Nice video on the benefits of being a monitor
    10. Contact us

    Monitor recruitment

    The application period for being a monitor at The Hague is now closed.

    Monitor Email list

    All monitors shall join the Google group dedicated to monitors. No personal email will be sent. Google group

    Logistics

    Please carefully review the following material:

    If you have questions about travel or other logistics, Anne-Gaëlle Bergé  is happy to help.

    WHEN & WHERE? Schedule, Gazelle & Table Assignments

    The 2018 European Connectathon, IHE's week-long interoperability testing event, is held in The Hague.

    Table Assignments

    show where monitors & tests systems will be located in April.

    • Spreadsheet with table assignments: To be published
    • PDF of table layout at the Connectathon: To be published

    HOW? Training Material

    We expect additional profile- and tool-specific training to be available here.

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    Req'd for new monitors

    Returing monitors are welcome

    Connectathon monitor - process overview
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

     

    mp4pdf

     

     

    Req'd for new monitors


    Returing monitors are welcome

    Gazelle walk-through
    We have two resources for you.

    - Webex training on how monitors use gazelle & the proxy during connectathon week to work with participants and verify tests. 
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)
    0:11
     

    ...

     
    **optional** educational material for monitors

    IHE 2017 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    IT Infrastructure domain training material
    These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific. They are geared to an audience which is familiar with healthcare interoperability problems in general but is not familiar with the way IHE addresses problems or the specific profiles provided by ITI. You may find topics of interest to you in your "day job".

    multiple presentations available; duration varies
      Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it. We collect participants' material on our Training Page.  

     

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation

    To prepare for the connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Vol 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section above before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Our FAQ for vendor participants

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Contact Us

    For help with logistics (travel, hotel, expenses), please contact TBD
    For questions about Connectathon processes & tools, or your assignment, contact Anne-Gaëlle Bergé.

    AttachmentSize
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    NA Connectathon 2018 Resources

    The contents of this page apply to a past Connectathon. 

    For details on the NA 2019 IHE Connectathon, see https://gazelle.ihe.net/cat/NA2019

    IHE USA welcomes your participation in the North American Connectathon 2018.  This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration is open in gazelle Sep 6 - Oct 6, 2017.

    Important for 2018!!

    Contract submission and payment are due at the close of registration. That means you have to generate the contract and make payment by October 6, 2017. If you have questions, please contact the IHE USA sponsors: connectathon@ihe.net

     

    For Participants

    Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Participation Checklist

     Participant Checklist

    Registration

    IHE Technical Frameworks, Consolidated CDA

    Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info ...

    Pre-Connectathon

    Technical Resources

    Targeted Resources

    Training Material / Webex Presentations

    Communication (email addresses, email lists)

    Miscellaneous

    FAQ's

     

     

     

    For Monitors:

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2018 Application and Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due December 22, 2017.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Steve Moore (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    There is a a new Gazelle in town. The training for this has changed.

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland:  NetworkDescription2018.pdf

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle (http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle (http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na)
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

     

    NA Connectathon 2018 Monitor Resources

    The contents of this page apply to a past Connectathon. 

    For details on the NA 2019 IHE Connectathon, see:

    ---> https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/na-connectathon-2019-monitor-resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our extraordinary volunteer monitors.

    Table of Contents

     

    Connectathon Week Resources

      >>Schedule for the week:

    Monday Jan 15

    • 11:00-11:30 - Arrive at Cleveland Convention Center, pick up your badge at the registration desk
    • 11:00 - Monitor welcome meeting in Room 21
    • noon - Lunch!
    • 1:00 - 1:30 - Find your table, get hooked to the network
    • 1:30 - 5:30 - Test verification begins

    Tueday Jan 16

    • 9:00 - 5:30 - Connectathon testing session
    • 6:30 - 9:30 - Social event at Dante's Inferno

    Wed & Thur Jan 17, 18

    • 9:00 - 5:30 - Connectathon testing session

    Friday Jan 19

      >>Gazelle:

    The link to Gazelle on-site & off-site is the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    See Lynn (P27), Eric (P26), or Steve (P28) about any gazelle problems, password resets, etc

      >>Seating chart:

    -- Seating assignments - Table locations are visible in test instance in gazelle to help you locate test partners in the room

      >> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

            Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

      >>Network Info:

    • Network support staff on-site -- go to table C31.
    • Connectathon Network Description for testing participants:  NetworkDescriptionNA2018.pdf
    • Wireless network for monitors:
      • SSID: Monitors
      • Password: <ask Lynn for this>

      >>Ask questions. Get help:

    • Logistics (expenses, travel...):  Jeremiah Myers at the Registration Desk or Help Desk
    • Network problems:  Network support staff (C31) 
    • Gazelle help:  Lynn Felhofer (P27)
    • Questions on Patient Care Devices PCD tests:  Paul Sherman (F21)
    • Questions on CDA, RFD tests:  Steve Moore (P28)
    • Questions on all other tests:  Lynn Felhofer (P27)
    • Tool help:  ...varies by tool.  See link in the next section.

      >>Test tools - locations & support:

    See https://gazelle.ihe-europe.net/content/na-connectathon-2018-week-resources#Tools

    We point you to the Participants' page so that we all have consistent information.

    Contact Us:

    Please contact Jeremiah or Lynn for support.  We will use the Connectathon monitor google group to make announcements to the monitor team.

    Technical Preparation Resources:

    >> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

    Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

    We organize IHE profiles with common characteristics or technologies into "clusters", and then we assign monitors to evaluate tests in one "cluster" (perhaps two).  The google spreadsheet contains the first draft of monitor assignments.  We try to assign you to profiles that match your expertise.  We hope that some assignments allow you to learn something new.  During the Connectathon, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to work in areas outside of your primary assignment. In fact, each monitor has the capability to evaluate tests in almost any profile.

    There are two tabs in the spreadsheet:

      • The first "Assignments" tab contains a row for each monitor.  The columns identify the profile "clusters".  The numbers in the column indicate how you will spend your time, eg a "1" indicates you will devote your time evaluating tests in that cluster.  Some monitors are asked to split time between two clusters.   During Connectathon week monitors will have the opportunity to evaluate tests in another area based on your interest or on our need for help in a certain area.
      • The second "Cluster-Profiles" tab identifies the profiles in each cluster.  Each profile listed in Column D contains a link to that profile's documentation.  If the link is to Technical Framework Volume 1, then there is one chapter per profile.  If the link is to a Trial Implementation Supplement, then the entire profile is contained within one document.  The yellow rows also point to available preparation material.

    >> Technical Specifications: 

    The specifications we test at the Connectathon are contained in IHE Technical Framework documentation.   IHE publishes its Technical Framework documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Volume 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section below before you read the documentation.

    If you have time prior to the Connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in Technical Framework "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. 

    We also test HL7 Consolidated CDA® Release 2.1.  Those specifications are here.

     

    >> Monitor training material

    While we provide material to enable monitors to do some preparation prior to the Connectathon, we understand the demands of your day job, and we have to requirements for you to do advance prep.

    That said, the table below contains links to available training material that falls into 3 categories.  (More will be added before January.

    • The January 9 Connectathon Monitor webinar -- if you have time for only one prep item, this is the one to choose.
    • General training topics -- probably of more interest to first-time monitors
    • Cluster-specific training material -- these trainings are organized according to the 'clusters' of profiles you are assigned to.

     

    Topic
    Duration
    Connectathon overview for all monitors: 

    Connectathon Monitors - Preparation & Process Webinar:  
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Gazelle walk-through
    - Q & A

    Recording linkSlides

    60 min

    General training: (primary audience is new monitors)

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    40 min

    Connectathon Terminology
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    11 min

    Using gazelle to review Connectathon test definitions

    How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

    8 min

    Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it.

    We collect participants' material on this Training Page.

     

    IHE 2017 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    multiple presentations; duration varies
    Training for Connectathon tools:
    See links in this note sent to the monitor email list.
    Cluster-specific trainings:

    CDA Cluster Training

       Overview of CDA Testing Procedure

     n/a

    ITI-ETC (ITI Other) Profile Overview

      Recording link | slides

    7 min

    Media Cluster Profile Overview  

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    18 min

    Mobile Cluster Profile Overview 

      Recording link (2018) | slides
    39 min

    PatID Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    7 min

    RAD Visual Cluster Profile Overview

      slides

    n/a

    RAD-Web Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    20 min

    RAD-WF (Radiology Workflow) Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    34 min

    RFD (Retrieve Form for Data Capture) Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    30 min

    Security Cluster Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

      Using the Gazelle Security Suite Tool for ATNA verification -- Recording | slides

      Participant ATNA Resource Web Page

      Secure Retrieve (SeR) Profile test scenario -- slides



    32 min

    20 min

     

    SR Cluster Profile Overview

      slides

    n/a

    XC* (Cross Community Cluster) Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    43 min

    XDS (Document Sharing Cluster) Profile Overview

      Recording link (2017) | slides

    Tool training -- there is a new version of XDS Tools this year; Bill will tutor on-site in Cleveland.

    34 min

    XDS-I Cluster Profile Overview

     slides

     n/a

    XDW Cluster Profile Overview

     slides

     n/a

     

    Timeline for Connectathon Monitors:

    BEFORE CONNECTATHON-->

    Refer to this Connectathon Monitor Travel Guide for guidance on all travel-related tasks!

    Nov 17

    -- Complete Monitor Travel Survey.  
    -- If you will book flights to Cleveland, activate your account in Concur Travel. 

    Dec 1 Book flights (if applicable).  Refer to the Connectathon Monitor Travel Guide. Monitors must arrange airfare through Concur Travel.
    Dec 1 Register for your Monitor badge.  You will receive an invitation from Cvent via email with registration link.
    Dec 1 Request advance per diem.  Send per diem form to jmyers@himss.org.

    (Alternatively, submit post-event per diem form by Feb 9, 2018.)

    Jan 9, 10-11 am CST

    Attend the Connectathon Monitors - Preparation & Process Webinar:  
    - Monitor responsibilities 
    - Connectathon process for monitors 
    - Gazelle walk-through 
    - Q & A

    Recording link | Slides

    CONNECTATHON WEEK-->
    Mon Jan 15, 11:00-11:30 am Monitors arrive at the Cleveland Convention Center and pick up badges at registration desk.
    Monday
    11:30 am
    Monitor welcome/orientation meeting. 
    Meeting Room 23 on the Exhibit Floor level, adjacent to the Registration/Check-in.
    Monday noon - 1:00 pm Lunch -- get to know your monitor colleagues.  Participants will be having lunch, too.
    Monday 1:00 - 1:30 pm Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. 
    Monday 
    1:30 - 5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing session.  Monitors start work on test verification.
     

    AFTER HOURS ACCESS: There is no expectation that volunteer monitors will support vendor participants outside of the daily testing sessions.  Monitors and participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

    -- mornings starting at 7:30 am
    -- evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.  No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  Everyone must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    Tue, Wed, Thurs
    9 am-5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing sessions / test verification.

    Tues Jan 16

    6:30-9:30 pm

    Social Event for Connectathon participants and monitors at Dante's Inferno.
    Fri Jan 19 
    8 am-noon

    Final Connectathon testing session.

    Connectathon ends promptly at noon.

    AFTER CONNECTATHON-->

    Feb 9 If you did not request advance per diem by Dec 1 then send your post-event  per diem form to jmyers@himss.org.

     

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Our Connectathon FAQ for vendor participants 

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

     

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    NA Connectathon 2018 Week Resources

      Bookmark this page for easy access to resources used to support your Connectathon testing.

    Testing schedule for the week

    Daily:

    Mon, Jan 15, 2018  8:00 am -  4:00 pm EST On-site check-in / badge pickup
    Mon, Jan 15, 2018  8:00 am - 10:00 am Connectathon Participant system set-up
    Mon, Jan 15, 2018 10:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 1
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 2
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 3
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Sesson 4
    Fri, Jan 19, 2018  8:00 am -  noon Connectathon Test Session 5: Hard stop at noon

     

    After-hours access:

    Participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

    Daily 'need to know' announcements

    The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

    Please check your email at 9am and 1:30pm each day. We will send twice-daily "need to know" announcements to the na_connectathon email list.

    Seating Assignments

    -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization. You can use the spreadsheet now for a table location if you need to ship something or order services. Your table location will also be entered in Gazelle before the end of the calendar year (2017). This will show up for you and your partners as you are running tests.
    -- Connectathon floor plan

    Network Info

    Wireless / General

      • SSID:  NA2018
      • Password:  cleveland18
      • Security type:  TBD

    Wireless / PCD Testers

    • SSID:  PCD
    • Password:  cleveland18
    • Security type:  TBD

    Gazelle

    Gazelle on-site: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Guidance for Monday's session

    We hope you've already reviewed the 10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros.

    Monday 7:30-10am is for system set-up.  After 10am, we expect you to perform testing. Here is guidance on goals to accomplish during Monday's testing session:

      • Configure and connect to tools for your profiles.
      • Complete the 5-minute Consistent Time "CT_Client" test
      • Content Creators -- submit CDA/C-CDA docs into the samples area of gazelle for evaluation
      • Modalities/Evidence Creators -- submit DICOM samples into gazelle and the Central Archive
      • Submit media you create to the assigned Monitor -->  give XDM and PDI media to monitor Dawn Schwartz at table N22
        • It is good practice to hand a monitor your media rather than just dropping it at the table.
      • Any other tests labeled "*_Do_This_First" or "*_Read_This_First"
      • In general, work on other no-peer tests.
      • Then, move on to peer-to-peer tests.

    Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk

        • logistics, "I'm lost", shipping...

    Network staff - (C31)

    Tool help - see section below

    Steve Moore - (P28)

        • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • QRPH, PCC and C-CDA/HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle help. Traditional Level 1 and Level 2 support.
          • "I need to reset my password"
          • "I need to drop a profile/actor"

    Lynn Felhofer - (P27)

        • ITI and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading
        • Monitor support

    Eric Poiseau - (P26)

        • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support. This is Level 3 support.

     Paul Sherman - (F21)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Assigned partners for some profiles

    Tools - locations & support

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNVe8_L7_ll20bCrG--lqlVeIab0cMTEMl8qADhprtk/pubhtml

    Integral Tools

    The tools listed in the first table below are considered an integral part of Connectathon testing. These tools are referenced in Connectathon tests and are part of the test procedure.

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    Gazelle Itself

    Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Eric (P26)

    Gazelle Security Suite

    - Home of ATNA Questionnaires

    - TLS client / server simulator

    - ATNA Audit message validator

    - Syslog collector (ARR simulator)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/gss

    Abderrazek (P25)

    CDA Validation (several)

    PCC, QRPH and C-CDA Testing

    IHE CDA Overview of Testing Procedure

    Steve (P28)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: http://central-archive.ihe-us-test.net:18080/dcm4chee-web3/

    password: admin/admin (to add your AE title so the archive will accept your association)

    IP addr / port: central-archive.ihe-us-test.net /  11112

    IP addr / port: 10.242.128.43 /  11112

    AET: DCM4CHEE 

    Steve (P28)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient

    Eric (P26)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (P26)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

    Eric (P26) 

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (P26)

    XDW validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (P25)

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

     http://ihe.wustl.edu/proxy

    Abderrazek (P25)

    Gazelle Order Manager

    Is the DSS/OF for CARD & RAD profiles:

    --DICOM Modality Worklist SCP for RAD & CARD modalities

    --RAD-13 sender for RAD & CARD Image Managers

    Watch this short "how to" video

     https://gazelle.ihe.net/OrderManager

    Anne-Gaëlle (P25) 

    Gazelle Patient Manager

    Source of pre-load Patients

    Patient Demographics Supplier and Patient Encounter Supplier in the PAM Profile

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/PatientManager

    Anne-Gaëlle (P25) 

    FHIR Read-Only Server

    - Hosts FHIR Resources used as datasets for some profiles

    http://fhir-read:8080/hapi-fhir-ro  (web GUI)

    http://fhir-read:8080/hapi-fhir-ro/baseDstu3 (server base)

    Steve (P28)

    FHIR Read-Write Server

    - Resource validation
    - Participants can store resources here

    http://fhir-write:8080/hapi-fhir-rw (web GUI)

    http://fhir-write:8080/hapi-fhir-rw/baseDstu3 (server base)

    Steve (P28)

    NIST HL7 v2.x

    For HL7 v2.x PIX/PDQ

    For QRPH VRDR HL7 messages

    http://hl7v2tools.nist.gov/portal/#/

    http://hl7v2-cf-validator.nist.gov/cf-validator/#/home

    Rob (P22)

    PCD Tools

    PCD Message Validation

    http://ihe-pcd-con.nist.gov/PCD-HL7WebCon/#home.htm

    John Garguilo (E22)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/sts

    Abderrazek (P25)

    XDS Tools 

     XD* profile testing

     - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://nist1:9080/

    - XDS toolkit: TBD

    - XDS Registry Dashboard: from the toolkit home page, select Connectathon Tools --> Dashboard

     Bill (M28)

    XDS Toolkit 2018

    XD* test support
    XCA test support
    MHD test support

    http://xdstools.ihe-us-test.net

    Bill
    (M28)

    XDS-I Tools 2018

    For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations.

    Uses the NIST XDS Toolkit directly

    http://xds-imaging-tools.ihe-us-test.net

    Steve (P28)

    Backup or Experimental Tools

    The tools listed in the table below are considered as backups or possibly experimental.

    Backup: Tool is available if someone needs to review/resolve an issue by using one of our tools. These are not part of the defined testing protocol.

    Experimental: A tool is in development. We may ask you for your help in running a few tests to examine the behavior of our testing software.

    Tool Status Used for Location / Config info Support

     

    NA Connectathon 2018 New Supplements

    New Supplements

    The following table contains new supplements that are published for the first time. We include only those supplements that have been published after January 2017.  

    We purposely omit supplements that have been re-published.

     

    DomainAcronymSupplement / Profile

    Cardiology

     

     

    IT Infrastructure

    RMD

    Remove Metadata and Documents

    IT Infrastructure

    NPFS

    Non-patient File Sharing

    IT Infrastructure

    mXDE

    Mobile Document Data Element Extraction

    IT Infrastructure

    mCSD

    Mobile Care Services Discovery

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

     

     

    Patient Care Coordination

    360x

    360x Closed Loop Referral

    Patient Care Coordination

    DCTM

    Dynamic Care Team Management

    Patient Care Coordination

    RIPT

    Routine Interfacility Patient Transport

    Patient Care Coordination

    QEDm

    Query Existing Data for Mobile

    Patient Care Coordination

    PMDT

    Point-of-Care Medical Device Tracking

    Patient Care Devices

     

     

    Pharmacy

     

     

    Quality, Research, Public Health

     mRFD

    Mobifile Retrieve Form for Data Capture 

    Radiology

    XRR-WD

    Cross-Enterprise Remote Read Workflow Definition

    Radiology

    MAP

    Management of Acquisition Protocols

    Radiology

    SOLE

    Standardized Operational Log of Events

    NA Connectathon 2017 Resources

       

    This page is now out-of-date.  If you are looking for information about the January 2018 Connectathon, click here.

     

    IHE USA welcomes your participation in the North American Connectathon 2017.  This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration is open in gazelle Sep 12 - Oct 7, 2016.

    Important for 2017!!

    Contract submission and payment are due at the close of registration. That means you have to generate the contract and make payment by October 7, 2016. This is a different policy from previous years. If you have questions, please contact the IHE USA sponsors: connectathon@ihe.net

     

    For Participants

    Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Participation Checklist

     Participant Checklist

    Registration

    IHE Technical Frameworks, Consolidated CDA

    Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info ...

    Pre-Connectathon

    Technical Resources

    Targeted Resources

    Training Material / Webex Presentations

    Communication (email addresses, email lists)

    Miscellaneous

    FAQ's

     

     

     

    For Monitors:

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2017 Contact Information

       

    Contact Information

    Connectathon Technical Project Manager (Steve Moore)

    Use the email address at the right for any kind of Connectathon technical support question.

    Your email will be entered into a Jira tracking system

    naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    IHE USA Connectathon Management and Logistics

    connectathon@ihe.net

    Domain Technical Project Managers (by Last Name)

    Contact a Domain Technical Project Manager if your question is specific to a profile in a particular domain.

     

    Paul Dow

    + Cardiology

     pdow@acc.org

    Lynn Felhofer

    + IT Infrastructure

    + Quality, Research and Public Health

    + Radiology

     felhofer.lynn@gmail.com

    Steve Moore

    + Patient Care Coordination

    + Consolidated CDA testing

     naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    Eric Poiseau

    + Anatomic Pathology

    + Laboratory

    + Pharmacy

     eric.poiseau@inria.fr

    Paul Sherman

    + Patient Care Devices

     paulrshermancce@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2019 Contact Information

       

    Contact Information

    Connectathon Technical Project Manager (Steve Moore)

    Use the email address at the right for any kind of Connectathon technical support question.

    Your email will be entered into a Jira tracking system

    naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    IHE USA Connectathon Management and Logistics

    connectathon@ihe.net

    Domain Technical Project Managers (by Last Name)

    Contact a Domain Technical Project Manager if your question is specific to a profile in a particular domain.

     

    Paul Dow

    + Cardiology

     pdow@acc.org

    Lynn Felhofer

    + IT Infrastructure

    + Quality, Research and Public Health

    + Radiology

     felhofer.lynn@gmail.com

    Steve Moore

    + Patient Care Coordination

    + Consolidated CDA testing

     naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    Eric Poiseau

    + Anatomic Pathology

    + Laboratory

    + Pharmacy

     eric.poiseau@inria.fr

    Paul Sherman

    + Patient Care Devices

     paulrshermancce@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2017 Application and Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due Jan 6, 2017.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Lynn Felhofer (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    There is a a new Gazelle in town. The training for this has changed.

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland:  NetworkDescription2017.pdf

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

     

    NA Connectathon 2017 New Supplements

    New Supplements

    The following table contains new supplements that are published for the first time. We include only those supplements that have been published after January 2016.  

    We purposely omit supplements that have been re-published.

     

    Cardiology

     

    IT Infrastructure

    Advanced Patient Privacy Consents (APPC)

    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

     

    Patient Care Coordination

    Bed Management (BED)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Cross-Enterprise Cardiovascular Heart Team Workflow Definition (XCHT-WD)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Dynamic Care Plan (DCP)

    Patient Care Devices

     

    Pharmacy

     

    Quality, Research, Public Health

     

    Radiology

    Radiation Exposure Monitoring for Nuclear Medicine (REM-NM)

    NA Connectathon 2017 Week Resources

    Deprecated: For Reference Only

    This is a resource page for an event that is complete. Please do not assume any information on this page is current.

      Bookmark this page for easy access to resources used to support your Connectathon testing.

    Testing schedule for the week

    Daily:

    Mon, Jan 23, 2017  7:30 am -  4:00 pm EST On-site check-in / badge pickup
    Mon, Jan 23, 2017  7:30 am - 10:00 am Connectathon Participant system set-up
    Mon, Jan 23, 2017 10:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 1
    Tue, Jan 24, 2017  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 2
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 3
    Thu, Jan 26, 2017  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Sesson 4
    Fri, Jan 27, 2017  8:00 am -  noon Connectathon Teset Session 5: Hard stop at noon

     

    After-hours access:

    Participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

        • mornings starting at 7:30 am
        • evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.   No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  All Participants must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    There is no support from volunteer monitors or technical management outside of the daily Testing Sessions; during after-hours, they will be preparing for the next day.

    Daily 'need to know' announcements

    The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

    Please check your email at 9am and 1:30pm each day. We will send twice-daily "need to know" announcements to the na_connectathon email list.

    Seating Assignments (No Longer Current)

    -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization.
    -- Connectathon floor plan

    Network Info (No Longer Current)

    Wireless / General

      • SSID:  NA2017
      • Password:  cleveland17
      • Security type:  TBD

    Wireless / PCD Testers

    • SSID:  PCD
    • Password:  cleveland17
    • Security type:  TBD

    Gazelle

    Gazelle on-site: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/home.seam

    Guidance for Monday's session (No Longer Current)

    We hope you've already reviewed the 10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros.

    Monday 7:30-10am is for system set-up.  After 10am, we expect you to perform testing. Here is guidance on goals to accomplish during Monday's testing session:

      • Configure and connect to tools for your profiles.
      • Complete the 5-minute Consistent Time "CT_Client" test
      • Content Creators -- submit CDA/C-CDA docs into the samples area of gazelle for evaluation
      • Modalities/Evidence Creators -- submit DICOM samples into gazelle and the Central Archive
      • Submit media you create to the assigned Monitor -->  XDM and PDI media to monitor George or Raj at table K24 
        • It is good practice to hand a monitor your media rather than just dropping it at the table.
      • Any other tests labeled "*_Do_This_First" or "*_Read_This_First"
      • In general, work on other no-peer tests.
      • Then, move on to peer-to-peer tests.

    Ask questions. Get help: (No Longer Current)

    IHE USA staff - Help desk

        • logistics, "I'm lost", shipping...

    Network staff - (C18)

    Tool help - see next section

    Steve Moore - (K28)

        • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • PCC and C-CDA/HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading
        • "I need to drop a profile/actor"
        • Gazelle help

    Eric Poiseau - (K27)

        • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support

    Lynn Felhofer - (K25)

        • ITI, QRPH, and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading
        • Monitor support

    Paul Sherman - (L18)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Assigned partners for some profiles

    Tools - locations & support (No Longer Current)

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNVe8_L7_ll20bCrG--lqlVeIab0cMTEMl8qADhprtk/pubhtml

    Integral Tools

    The tools listed in the first table below are considered an integral part of Connectathon testing. These tools are referenced in Connectathon tests and are part of the test procedure.

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    Gazelle Itself

    Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Eric (K27)

    Gazelle Security Suite

    - Home of ATNA Questionnaires

    - TLS client / server simulator

    - ATNA Audit message validator

    - Syslog collector (ARR simulator)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/gss

    Cedric (K26)

    CDA Validation (several)

    PCC, QRPH and C-CDA Testing

    IHE CDA Overview of Testing Procedure

    Steve (K28)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: http://central-archive.ihe-us-test.net:8080/dcm4chee-web3/

    password: admin/admin (to add your AE title so the archive will accept your association)

    IP addr / port: 10.242.128.43 /  11112

    AET: DCM4CHEE 

    Steve (K28)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/home.seam

    Eric (K27)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (K27)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

    Eric (K27) 

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (K27)

    XDW validator

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

     

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

     http://ihe.wustl.edu/proxy

    Eric (K27)

    Gazelle Order Manager

    Is the DSS/OF for CARD & RAD profiles:

    --DICOM Modality Worklist SCP for RAD & CARD modalities

    --RAD-13 sender for RAD & CARD Image Managers

    Watch this short "how to" video

     https://gazelle.ihe.net/OrderManager

    Cedric (K26) 

    Gazelle Patient Manager

    Is the Patient Demographics Supplier and Patient Encounter Supplier in the PAM Profilfe

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/PatientManager

    Cedric (K26)

    NIST HL7 v2.x

    For QRPH VRDR HL7 messages

    http://hl7v2-cf-validator.nist.gov/cf-validator/#/home

    Rob S (M28)

    Patient Generation and Sharing

    --Preload patients for PIX/PDQ/XDS...

    --HL7v2 and V3 Patient ID Feed

    --Choose a patient to initiate creation of a RAD/CARD modality worklist in Order Manager

    Gazelle Test Management:  menu  Connectathon-->Patient Generation and Sharing

     Lynn (L25)

    PCD Tools

    PCD Message Validation

    http://ihe-pcd-con.nist.gov/PCD-HL7WebCon/#home.htm

    John (L17)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/sts

    Cedric (K26)

    XDS Tools 

     XD* profile testing

     - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://nist1:9080/

    - XDS toolkit: TBD

    - XDS Registry Dashboard: from the toolkit home page, select Connectathon Tools --> Dashboard

     Bill (J28)

    XDS Toolkit 2017

     

    http://xdstools.ihe-us-test.net

    Bill (J28)

    XDS-I Tools 2017

    For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations.

    Uses the NIST XDS Toolkit directly

    http://xds-imaging-tools.ihe-us-test.net

    Steve (K28)

    Backup or Experimental Tools

    The tools listed in the table below are considered as backups or possibly experimental.

    Backup: Tool is available if someone needs to review/resolve an issue by using one of our tools. These are not part of the defined testing protocol.

    Experimental: A tool is in development. We may ask you for your help in running a few tests to examine the behavior of our testing software.

    Tool Status Used for Location / Config info Support
    Gazelle EVS / HPD validator Backup     x ()
    Gazelle EVS / DSUB validator Backup     xxx()
    Gazelle EVS / WADO validator (XDS-I.b) Backup     xxx()
    Gazelle XDStar Client Backup     ()
    RFD Simulator Experimental RFD based profiles http://rfd-test-tools Ralph (J22)
    XCA Tools Experimental XCA testing Beta testing: Conformity Assessment Bill (J28)

     

    NA Connectathon 2017 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our extraordinary volunteer monitors.

     

    Note this page is now out-of-date.  NA2018 Connectathon info is here

    Table of Contents

     

    Connectathon Week Resources

    >>Schedule for the week:

    Mon Jan 23, 11:00-11:30 am Monitors arrive at the Cleveland Convention Center and pick up badges at registration desk outside the Grand Ballroom.
    Monday
    11:30 am
    Monitor welcome/orientation meeting.
    Meeting Room 21 on the Exhibit Floor level, adjacent to the Registration/Check-in.
    Monday noon - 1:00 pm Lunch -- get to know your monitor colleagues.  Participants will be having lunch, too.
    Monday 1:00 - 1:30 pm Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. 
    Monday 
    1:30 - 5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing session.  Monitors start work on test verification.
     

    AFTER HOURS ACCESS: Monitors and participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

    -- mornings starting at 7:30 am
    -- evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.  

    No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  Everyone must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    There is no support from volunteer monitors or technical management outside of the daily Testing Sessions; during after-hours, they will be preparing for the next day.

    Tue, Wed, Thurs
    9 am-5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing sessions / test verification.
    Tues 6:30-9:30 pm Social Event for Connectathon participants and monitors at Punch Bowl Social in The Flats of Downtown Cleveland.
    Fri Jan 27
    8 am-noon

    Final Connectathon testing session.

    Connectathon ends promptly at noon.

    AFTER CONNECTATHON-->

    Feb 10 If you did not request advance per diem by Dec 5, then send your post-event  per diem form to jmyers@himss.org.

     

    >>Gazelle:

    Off-site & on-site (same as before the Connectathon): http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/home.seam

    >> Profile assignments:

    Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

    We organize IHE profiles into "clusters" with common characteristics, and then we assign monitors to evaluate tests in one "cluster" (perhaps two).  The google spreadsheet contains the first draft of monitor assignments.  We try to assign you to profiles that match your expertise.  We hope that some assignments allow you to learn something new.  In fact, each monitor has the capability to evaluate tests in almost any profile.

    There are three tabs in the spreadsheet:

          • The first "Assignments" tab contains a row for each monitor.  The columns identify the profile "clusters".  The numbers in the column indicate how you will spend your time, eg a "1" indicates you will devote your time evaluating tests in that cluster.  Some monitors are asked to split time between two clusters.   During Connectathon week monitors will have the opportunity to evaluate tests in another area based on your interest or on our need for help in a certain area.
          • The second "Cluster-Profiles" tab identifies the profiles in each cluster.  Each profile listed in Column D contains a link to that profile's documentation.  If the link is to Technical Framework Volume 1, then there is one chapter per profile.  If the link is to a Trial Implementation Supplement, then the entire profile is contained within one document.  The yellow rows also point to available preparation material.

    >>Seating assignments:

    >>Network Info:

            • Network support staff (C18)
            • Wireless / General
              • SSID: NA2017
              • Password: cleveland17
              • Security type: TBA
            • Wireless / General
              • SSID: PCD
              • Password: cleveland17
              • Security type: TBA
            • Connectathon Network Description - this is the description of the Connectathon testing network.  Target audience for this document is testing participants.  FYI-only for Monitors.

    >>Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk

            • logistics, hotel, expenses...

    Network staff - (C18)

    Tool help - see next section

    Lynn Felhofer - (K25)

            • ITI, QRPH, and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading
            • Monitor support
            • Gazelle support

    Steve Moore - (K28)

            • PCC and C-CDA/HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading

    Eric Poiseau - (K27)

            • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
            • Gazelle support

    Paul Sherman - (L18)

            • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    >> Test tools - locations & support:

    See:  https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/na-connectathon-2017-week-resources#Tools

    (we document the tool list in one place -- on the vendor's information page)

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

     

    Timeline for Connectathon Monitors:

    BEFORE CONNECTATHON-->
    Nov 17 Complete Monitor Travel Survey.  See Jeremiah's email for details.
    Dec 2 Complete and return Non-Disclosure and Conflict of Interest forms.  Send to jmyers@himss.org.
    Dec 5 Book airfare (if applicable).  Refer to the Monitor Travel Guide. Monitors must arrange through Innovative Travel.
    Dec 5 Register for your Monitor badge.  You will receive an invitation via email with registration link.
    Dec 5 Request advance per diem.  Send per diem form to jmyers@himss.org.

    (Alternatively, submit post-event per diem form by Feb 10, 2017.)

    Jan 11, 10-11am CST

    Connectathon Monitors - Preparation & Process Webinar:  
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Gazelle walk-through
    - Q & A

    Link to recording | slides

    Mon Jan 16, 3:00 CST

    Media Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording  (18 min)

    Mon Jan 16, 4:00 CST

    Mobile Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording  (47 min)

    Tue Jan 17, 10:00 CST

    RFD Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording (30 min)

    Tue Jan 17, noon CST

    Security Cluster Profile Overview

    Link to recording (32 min)

    Tue Jan 17, 4:00 CST

    XDS Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording  (34 min)

    Wed Jan 18, 10:00 CST

    XC* Cross-Community Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording  (43 min)

    Wed Jan 18, 1:00 CST

    RAD-WF Radiology Workflow Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording (34 min)

    Wed Jan 18, 3:00 CST

    RAD-Web Cluster Profile Overview

     Link to recording (20 min)

    Sun, Jan 22, 2:05 CST

    Packers vs. Falcons --  NCF Championship Game

    CONNECTATHON WEEK-->
    Mon Jan 23, 11:00-11:30 am Monitors arrive at the Cleveland Convention Center and pick up badges at registration desk.
    Monday
    11:30 am
    Monitor welcome/orientation meeting.
    Meeting Room 21 on the Exhibit Floor level, adjacent to the Registration/Check-in.
    Monday noon - 1:00 pm Lunch -- get to know your monitor colleagues.  Participants will be having lunch, too.
    Monday 1:00 - 1:30 pm Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. 
    Monday 
    1:30 - 5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing session.  Monitors start work on test verification.
    Tue, Wed, Thurs
    9 am-5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing sessions / test verification.
    Tues 6:30-9:30 pm Social Event for Connectathon participants and monitors at Punch Bowl Social in The Flats of Downtown Cleveland.
    Fri Jan 27
    8 am-noon

    Final Connectathon testing session.

    Connectathon ends promptly at noon.

    AFTER CONNECTATHON-->

    Feb 10 If you did not request advance per diem by Dec 5, then send your post-event  per diem form to jmyers@himss.org.

     

    Technical Preparation Resources:

    >> Link to gazelle:

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/home.seam 

      • Gazelle is the tool we use to manage test execution and verification for the IHE Connectathon.

    >> IHE Technical Framework Documentation: 

    The specifications we test at the Connectathon are contained in IHE Technical Framework documentation.   IHE publishes its Technical Framework documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Volume 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement. 

    If you have time prior to the Connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in Technical Framework "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. 

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section below before you read the documentation.

     

    Monitor Preparation & Training Material:

    >> Cluster-specific preparation: 

    The Monitor Assignments Spreadsheet contains cluster-specific preparation & training material.  See the Cluster-Proiflies tab. Each cluster contains links to the availlable preparation material for monitors.

    >> Other Training Material: 

     

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors

    Connectathon Terminology: 
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:11
    All monitors

    Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

    How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

    0:08
    All monitors

    Connectathon monitor - process overview 
     - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

    Gazelle walk-through 
    - How monitors use gazelle during connectathon week to verify tests. 

    recording | slides

    Jan 11, 2017

    10am CST

     

     

     

     

    All monitors

    Some profile 'clusters' have additional training material prepared by IHE Technical Project Managers.  This content will become available from now into Jan 2017.  Find it on the Cluster-Profiles tab of the monitor assignments google spreadsheet.

     
    **optional**

    Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it.

    We collect participants' material on this Training Page.

     
    **optional** 

    IHE 2016 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    multiple presentations available; duration varies

     

    Our FAQ for vendor participants 

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

     

    Contact Us: 

    NA Connectathon 2016 Resources

       

    IHE USA welcomes your participation in the North American Connectathon 2016.  This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration is open in gazelle Sep 14 - Oct 9, 2015.

    New for 2016!!

    Contract submission and payment are due at the close of registration. That means you have to generate the contract and make payment by October 9, 2015. This is a different policy from previous years. If you have questions, please contact the IHE USA sponsors: connectathon@ihe.net

     

    For Participants

    Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

    http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na

    Participation Checklist

     Participant Checklist

    Registration

    IHE Technical Frameworks, Consolidated CDA

    Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info ...

    Pre-Connectathon

    Technical Resources

    Targeted Resources

    Training Material / Webex Presentations

    Communication (email addresses, email lists)

    Miscellaneous

    FAQ's

     

     

     

    For Monitors:

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2016 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE USA sponsors the North American Connectathon and manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE USA staff at connectathon@ihe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Cleveland Convention Center & HIMSS Innovation Center -- Cleveland, Ohio
    January 25-29, 2016

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the NA Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to NA_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Detailed Connectathon schedule This schedule will help you stay on track from October through January!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.
    Contracts, Fees, Payment Four steps to register for the Connectathon.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE USA publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE North American Connectathon 2016.
    Connectathon badges Order badges for your staff that will attend the Connectathon.  Order early; badge prices increase after November 21.
    Hotel info http://iheusa.org/connectathon-participantresources.aspx#hotelandtravel
    Shipping & extra electrical service Service kit for Cleveland Convention Center
    Seating assignments Seating assignments (TBA)- There are two tabs in this spreadsheet.
    • First tab: each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28.
    • Second tab: seating assignments sorted by Organization.

    Connectathon floor plan (TBA)
    NA Connectathon Conference 2016 January 27, 2016 - a one-day educational & networking event at the HIMSS Innovation Center.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2016 main page

    NA Connectathon 2016 Contact Information

       

    Contact Information

    Connectathon Technical Project Manager (Steve Moore)

    Use the email address at the right for any kind of Connectathon technical support question.

    Your email will be entered into a Jira tracking system

    naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    IHE USA Connectathon Management and Logistics

    connectathon@ihe.net

    Domain Technical Project Managers (by Last Name)

    Contact a Domain Technical Project Manager if your question is specific to a profile in a particular domain.

     

    Paul Dow

    + Cardiology

     pdow@acc.org

    Lynn Felhofer

    + IT Infrastructure

    + Quality, Research and Public Health

    + Radiology

     felhofer.lynn@gmail.com

    Steve Moore

    + Patient Care Coordination

    + Consolidated CDA testing

     naconnectathon.helpdesk@gmail.com

    Eric Poiseau

    + Anatomic Pathology

    + Laboratory

    + Pharmacy

     eric.poiseau@inria.fr

    Paul Sherman

    + Patient Care Devices

     paulrshermancce@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NA Connectathon 2016 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our extraordinary volunteer monitors.

    Table of Contents:

    On-Site Logistics

    Connectathon Schedule:

    Mon Jan 25, 8:30-9:00am Monitors arrive at the Cleveland Convention Center.  
    Monday
    9:00 am

    Meeting Room 21 on the Exhibit Floor level, adjacent to the Registration/Check-in:

    Badge & monitor packet pick-up. Monitor welcome/orientation meeting.

    If you cannot arrive by 9am, don't worry; you can get your badge at the main Connectathon registration desk when you arrive.

    Monday 9:30am Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. The Connectathon managers will then turn their attention to welcoming vendor participants until testing starts at 10am.
    Monday 
    10 am - 5:30 pm
    Connectathon testing begins promptly at 10am

    Tue Jan 26
    Wed Jan 27
    Thu Jan 28

    9am-5:30

    Connectathon testing session

    FYI: Off-Hours Access

    + Participants in the Connectathon will have support from staff (technical managers and volunteer monitors) during regular testing session hours.
    + The Connectathon testing floor is staffed by hotel security 24/7. 
    + The Connectathon floor will be open at 7am Tues through Friday. Entry/re-entry will be allowed until 9pm each evening. No re-entry after 9pm. If you happen to be working very late, you will be asked to leave the Connectathon floor at 11pm.

    Fri Jan 29

    8am-noon

    Final Connectathon testing session.

    Connectathon ends promptly at noon.

     

    Gazelle:

    Network Info

    • Wireless / General
      • SSID:  NA2016
      • Password: cleveland16
      • Security type:  TBD
    • NetworkDescriptionNA2016.pdf - this is the description of the Connectathon testing network.  Target audience for this document is testing participants.  FYI-only for Monitors.

    Seating assignments:

    Ask Questions.  Get Help:

    Monitor Logistics support -

    • IHE USA staff - Help Desk
    • Network staff - (J31)

    Monitor Technical Support -

    • Steve Moore - (K28)
      • PCC & Consolidated CDA tests
    • Paul Sherman - (F35)
      • PCD tests
    • Eric Poiseau - (L27)
      • LAB & PHARM tests
      • Gazelle support
    • Lynn Felhofer - (H28)
      • ITI, RAD, and QRPH tests, requirements & grading
      • Gazelle support
    • Tool help

    Tools - locations & support

    See this Tools Information (we maintain this in one place -- on the vendor's information page)

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Profile assignments 

    PROFILE ASSIGNMENTS:  Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

    We group IHE profiles into "clusters" with common characteristics, and then we assign monitors to evaluate tests in one "cluster" (perhaps two).  The google spreadsheet contains the first draft of monitor assignments.  We try to assign you to profiles that match your expertise.  We hope that some assignments allow you to learn something new.  In fact, each monitor has the capability to evaluate tests in almost any profile.

    There are two tabs in the spreadsheet:

    • The first "Assignments" tab contains a row for each monitor.  The columns identify the profile "clusters".  The numbers in the column indicate how you will spend your time, eg a "1" indicates you will devote all of your time evaluating tests in that cluster.
    • The second "Cluster-Profiles" tab identifies the profiles in each cluster.  Each profile listed in Column D contains a link to that profile's documentation.  If the link is to Technical Framework Volume 1, then there is one chapter per profile.  If the link is to a Trial Implementation Supplement, then the entire profile is contained within one document.

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation 

    The specifications we test at the Connectathon are contained in IHE Technical Framework documentation.  Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Volume 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement. 

    To prepare for the connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in Technical Framework "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. 

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section below before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its Technical Framework documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Training Material

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors

    Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:11
    All monitors

    Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

    How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

    0:08
    All monitors

    Connectathon monitor - process overview
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

    Gazelle walk-through
    - How monitors use gazelle during connectathon week to verify tests. 

    recording | slides

    Jan 13, 2016

    10am CST

     

     

     

     

    All monitors

    Some profile 'clusters' have additional training material prepared by IHE Technical Project Managers.  This content will become available througout Jan 2016.  Find it on the Cluster-Profiles tab of the monitor assignments google spreadsheet.

     
    **optional**

    Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it.

    We collect participants' material on this Training Page.

     
    **optional** 

    IHE 2015 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    multiple presentations available; duration varies

     

     

    Pre-Connectathon Logistics  

    Wed Nov 11

    Monitors submit Travel Survey, Non-Disclosure Form and Conflict of Interest Forms to Nick.

    Fri Nov 120

    Monitor Travel Guide is available here.

    Fri Nov 20

    Monitor profile assignments are here.

    Wed Dec 18

    Deadlines from the Monitor Travel Guide:

    - Monitors book flight to Cleveland through HIMSS Travel Agency (if applicable)
    - Monitors register for Connectathon badge and obtain Social Event Ticket 
    - Monitors submit Advance Per Diem form (if applicable) 

    December

    General monitor preparation -->  If you have time, read the Vol 1 chapter for the profiles you have been assigned to.

    January

    General monitor preparation --> If you have time, review some of the Connectathon tests for your profiles.

    Wed Jan 13

    10am CST

    Monitor Training Webinar 

    - Click this link to first register and then attend

    - Event Number: 928 306 265    Password:  Meeting1

    This webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.

    Mon Jan 25 -
    Fri Jan 29

    Connectathon!  Daily schedule is detailed below.

    Mon Feb 15

    Monitors submit Post-Event Per Diem form (if applicable) 

    Our FAQ for vendor participants 

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

     

    Contact Info 

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    NA Connectathon 2016 New Supplements

    New Supplements

    The following table contains new supplements that are published for the first time. We include only those supplements that have been published after January 2015.  

    We purposely omit supplements that have been re-published.

     

    Cardiology

    Registry Content Submission - Electrophysiology (RCS-EP)

    IT Infrastructure

    Cross-Community Document Reliable Interchange (XCDR) 

    IT Infrastructure

    Mobile Alert Communication Management (mACM)

    IT Infrastructure

    Patient Identifier Cross-reference for Modile (PIXm) 

    IT Infrastructure

    Add RESTful Query to ATNA (update to ATNA profile)

    IT Infrastructure

    Cross-Enterprise Document Workflow Extension to Cross-Community Environment (XDW for XCA & XCDR)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Clinical Mapping (CMAP)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Data Access Framework (DAF)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Guideline Appropriate Ordering (GAO)

    Patient Care Coordination

    Remote Patient Monitoring

    Quality, Research, Public Health

    Aggregate Data Exchange (ADX)

    Quality, Research, Public Health

    Data Element Exchange (DEX)

    Radiology

    Clinical Decision Support - Order Appropriateness Tracking (CDS-OAT)

    Radiology

    Web-based Image Capture (WIC)

     

     

     

     

    Connectathon 2016 Week Resources

      Bookmark this page for easy access to resources used to support your Connectathon testing.

    Testing schedule for the week

    Daily:

    Mon, Jan 25, 2016  7:30 am -  4:00 pm EST On-site check-in / badge pickup
    Mon, Jan 25, 2016  8:00 am - 10:00 am Connectathon Participant system set-up
    Mon, Jan 25, 2016 10:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 1
    Tue, Jan 26, 2016  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 2
    Wed, Jan 27, 2016  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 3
    Thu, Jan 28, 2016  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Sesson 4
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016  8:00 am -  noon Connectathon Teset Session 5: Hard stop at noon

     

    After-hours access:

    Participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

        • mornings starting at 8am on Monday, and at 7am on Tues-Fri
        • evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.   No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  All Participants must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    There is no support from volunteer monitors or technical management outside of the daily Testing Sessions; during after-hours, will be preparing for the next day.

    Daily 'need to know' announcements

    The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

    Please check your email at 9am and 1:30pm each day. We will send twice-daily "need to know" announcements to the na_connectathon email list.

    Seating Assignments

    -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization.
    -- Connectathon floor plan

    Network Info

    Wireless / General

      • SSID:  NA2016
      • Password:  cleveland16
      • Security type:  TBD

    Wireless / PCD Testers

    • SSID:  PCD
    • Password:  cleveland16
    • Security type:  TBD

    Printer (table )

    PLEASE PRINT A TEST PAGE AFTER CONFIGURING THE PRINTER AS FOLLOWS

      • IP Address: TBD
      • Model:  TBD
      • Driver:  TBD 

    Gazelle

    Gazelle on-site: http://10.242.100.100/gazelle-na/home.seam

    Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/home.seam

    Guidance for Monday's session

    We hope you've already reviewed the 10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros.

    Monday 8-10am is for system set-up.  After 10am, we expect you to perform testing. Here is guidance on goals to accomplish during Monday's testing session:

      • Configure and connect to tools for your profiles.
      • Complete the 5-minute Consistent Time "CT_Client" test
      • Content Creators -- submit CDA/C-CDA docs into the samples area of gazelle for evaluation
      • Modalities/Evidence Creators -- submit DICOM samples into gazelle and the Central Archive
      • Submit media you create to the assigned Monitor -->  XDM and PDI media to monitor Penny at table H24 
        • It is good practice to hand a monitor your media rather than just dropping it at the table.
      • Any other tests labeled "*_Do_This_First" or "*_Read_This_First"
      • In general, work on other no-peer tests.
      • Then, move on to peer-to-peer tests.

    Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk

        • logistics, "I'm lost", shipping...

    Network staff - (J31)

    Tool help - see next section

    Steve Moore - (K28)

        • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • PCC and C-CDA/HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading
        • "I need to drop a profile/actor"
        • Gazelle help

    Eric Poiseau - (L28)

        • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support

    Lynn Felhofer - (H28)

        • ITI, QRPH, and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading
        • Monitor support

    Paul Sherman - (F35)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Assigned partners for some profiles

    Tools - locations & support

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14flrFx47V3OKwzHIhH8TU3DEg09ks9l51041_D0SQNk/pub

    Integral Tools

    The tools listed in the first table below are considered an integral part of Connectathon testing. These tools are referenced in Connectathon tests and are part of the test procedure.

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    Gazelle Itself

    Test Management

    http://10.242.100.100/gazelle-na

    Eric (L28)

    Gazelle Security Suite

    TLS client / server simulator

    http://vm-tools-na-2016/gss

     Eric (L28)

    CDA Validation (several)

    PCC, QRPH and C-CDA Testing

    IHE CDA Overview of Testing Procedure

    Steve (K28)

    Clunie DICOM Tools

    DICOM validation

    See configuration in gazelle for OTHER_IHEUSA_Clunie_DICOM_2016

    David C (L23)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: http://10.242.100.11:8080/dcm4chee-web3/

    password: admin/admin (to add your AE title so the archive will accept your association)

    IP addr / port: 10.242.100.11 /  11112

    AET: DCM4CHEE 

    Steve (K28)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/home.seam

    Eric (L28)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (L28)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

    Eric (L28) 

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (L28)

    XDW validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (L27)

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

     http://10.242.100.100/proxy/home.seam

    Eric (L28)

    NIST HL7 v2.x

    For 2 QRPH messages

    http://hl7v2-cf-validator.nist.gov/cf-validator/#/home

    Rob S (H32)

    Patient Generation

    Patient Generation and Sharing

    Gazelle menu: Connectathon -> Connectathon -> Patient Generation & Sharing

    Abderrazek (L27)

    PCD Tools

    PCD Message Validation

    http://ihe-pcd-con.nist.gov/PCD-HL7WebCon/#home.htm

    John (F37)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/sts

    Abderrazek (L27)

    XDS Tools 

     XD* profile testing

     - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://nist1:9080/

    - XDS toolkit: TBD

    - XDS Registry Dashboard: from the toolkit home page, select Connectathon Tools --> Dashboard

     Bill (K27)

    XDS Toolkit 2016

     

    10.242.52.12

    Bill (K27)

    Backup or Experimental Tools

    The tools listed in the table below are considered as backups or possibly experimental.

    Tool Status Used for Location / Config info Support

    Clunie DICOM Tools

    Backup

    DICOM Object Validation

    See configuration in gazelle for OTHER_IHEUSA_Clunie_DICOM_2016

    David C (L23)
    Gazelle EVS / HPD validator Backup     Abderrazek (L27)
    Gazelle EVS / DSUB validator Backup     Abderrazek (L27)
    Gazelle EVS / WADO validator (XDS-I.b) Backup     Abderrazek (L27)
    Gazelle XDStar Client Backup   http://vm-tools-na-2016/XDStarClient Abderrazek (L27)
    HPD Provider Directory Test Tool Backup HPD Federation Option http://sitenv.org None
    Order Manager Simulator Backup

    Send HL7v2 orders

    DICOM MWL SCP

    http://vm-tools-na-2016/OrderManager Anne-Gaëlle (L27)
    Patient Manager Backup PAM, Patient Management http://vm-tools-na-2016/PatientManager Anne-Gaëlle (L27)
    RFD Simulator Experimental RFD based profiles http://10.242.11.14 Ralph (J26)
    XCA Tools Experimental XCA testing Beta testing: Conformity Assessment Bill (K27)
    XCPD Experimental   Beta testing: Conformity Assessment  
    XDS-I.b Conformity Assessment Experimental XDS-I.b testing Best testing: Conformity Assessment  Steve (K28)

     

    NA Connectathon 2015 Resources

    This is an archive page maintained for reference.

    For information about the current IHE North American Connectathon, please visit the home page of this site.

     

       

    IHE USA welcomes your participation in the North American Connectathon 2015.  This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration was open in gazelle from Aug 25 - Oct 3, 2014.

     Jan 2015 Connectathon Week Resources

    One-stop-shopping for technical references used to support Connectathon testing.

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Technical Preparation Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

    NA Connectathon 2015 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the January Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to Cleveland. From November until January, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. December through mid-January participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the January connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the NA Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to NA_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
    Detailed Connectathon timeline Calendar of deadlines from October through January!
    Weekly reminders What should I be working on this week?  Stay on-track with your preparation!
    Connectathon week resources Reference page for Connectathon participants 
    Profiles to be tested Review the list of profiles to be tested in nine IHE domains, plus Consolidated CDA.  Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.
    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   Here is a link to each domain's Change Proposals that have been incorporated into updates published in 2014:

    Cardiology:  no CPs processed in 2014
    IT Infrastructure
    ---- CPs:  ftp://ftp.ihe.net/IT_Infrastructure/TF_Maintenance-2014/CPs/3_FinalText/
    ---- TI Supplements moved to Final Text:  XCPD, On-Demand Documents
    Laboratory:
    ---- no updated TF in 2014; next release in 2015
    ---- completed CPs:http://wiki.ihe.net/index.php?title=Laboratory_Technical_Committee#Completed_and_assigned_CPs  
    Radiology:
    ---- CPs: ftp://ftp.ihe.net/Radiology/TF_Maintenance/5_Done%20Incorporating/
    ---- TI Supplements moved to Final Text:  IOCM

    Health Story Consolidation, C-CDA, Release 1.1

    C-CDA implementation guide for participants testing HIMSS Health Story Project C-CDA documents as a Creator or Consumer.

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    Cross-Community testing  Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, XCA, XCA-I and XCPD
    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics IHE USA staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    NA Connectathon 2015 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE USA sponsors the North American Connectathon and manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE USA staff at connectathon@ihe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Cleveland Convention Center & HIMSS Innovation Center -- Cleveland, Ohio
    January 26-30, 2015

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the NA Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to NA_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Detailed Connectathon schedule This schedule will help you stay on track from October through January!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.
    Weekly reminders What should I be working on this week?  Stay on-track with your preparation!
    Contracts, Fees, Payment Four steps to register for the Connectathon.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE USA publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE North American Connectathon 2015.
    Connectathon badges Order badges for your staff that will attend the Connectathon.  Order early; badge prices increase after November 21.
    Hotel info http://iheusa.org/connectathon-participantresources.aspx#hotelandtravel
    Shipping & extra electrical service Service kit for Cleveland Convention Center
    Seating assignments -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization.
    -- Connectathon floor plan
    NA Connectathon Conference 2015 January 28, 2015 - a one-day educational & networking event at the HIMSS Innovation Center.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

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    NA Connectathon 2015 Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due Jan 9.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Lynn Felhofer (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    This is the same process as 2013 and 2014 connectathons, with minor enhancements to the gazelle user interface:

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland:  NetworkDescription2015.pdf

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

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    NA Connectathon 2016 Application and Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due Jan 8.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Lynn Felhofer (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    This is the same process as 2013 and 2014 connectathons, with minor enhancements to the gazelle user interface:

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland:  NetworkDescription2016.pdf

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

     

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    NA Connectathon 2015 Week Resources

      Bookmark this page for easy access to resources used to support your Connectathon testing.

    Testing schedule for the week

    Daily:

    Mon Jan 26, 2015 - 7:30am-5:00pm EST - On-site check-in / badge pickup

    Mon Jan 26, 2015 - 8:00am-10:00am - Connectathon test system set-up

    Mon Jan 26, 2015 - 10:00am-5:30pm - Connectathon Test Session 1

    Tue Jan 27, 2015 - 9:00am-5:30pm - Connectathon Test Session 2

    Wed Jan 28, 2015 - 9:00am-5:30pm - Connectathon Test Session 3

    Thu Jan 29, 2015 - 9:00am-5:30pm - Connectathon Test Session 4

    Fri Jan 30, 2015 - 8:00am - noon - Connectathon Test Session 5 - testing ends promptly at noon

    After-hours access:

    Participants with a valid badge will have access to the Connectathon Floor...

        • mornings starting at 8am on Monday, and at 7am on Tues-Fri
        • evenings until 11pm Mon-Thurs.   No re-entry is permitted after 9pm.  All Participants must leave the test floor at 11pm.

    There is no support from volunteer monitors or technical management outside of the daily Testing Sessions; during after-hours, will be preparing for the next day.

    Daily 'need to know' announcements

    The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

    Please check your email at 9am and 1:30pm each day. We will send twice-daily "need to know" announcements to the na_connectathon email list.

    Seating Assignments

    -- Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization.
    -- Connectathon floor plan

    Network Info

        • Please note this extract from this document: New for 2015 -- The network group is not providing small switches at the ends of the sectors. If you are at the end tables of a sector (11, 12, 17, 18, 21, 22, 27, 28 …), you will have to bring a long cable to reach the switch. Each table is 6 feet; you could be 4 tables away from the switch. You could be as far as …… 24 feet, or 8 meters from the switch.

    Wireless

      • SSID:  NA2015
      • Password:  cleveland15
      • Security type:  WPA-MIXED/AES

    Printer (table J28)

    PLEASE PRINT A TEST PAGE AFTER CONFIGURING THE PRINTER AS FOLLOWS

      • 10.242.52.60
      • Model:  MFC 9970 CDW
      • Driver:  Brother MFC-9830CDW 

    Gazelle

    Gazelle on-site: http://10.242.100.100/gazelle-na/home.seam

    Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/home.seam

    Guidance for Monday's session

    We hope you've already reviewed the 10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros.

    Monday 8-10am is for system set-up.  After 10am, we expect you to perform testing. Here is guidance on goals to accomplish during Monday's testing session:

      • Configure and connect to tools for your profiles.
      • Complete the 5-minute Consistent Time "CT_Client" test
      • Content Creators -- submit CDA/C-CDA docs into the samples area of gazelle for evaluation
      • Modalities/Evidence Creators -- submit DICOM samples into gazelle and the Central Archive
      • Submit media you create to the assigned Monitor -->  XDM media (to table G38), PDI media (to table K28)
        • It is good practice to had a monitor your media rather than just dropping it at the table.
      • Any other tests labeled "*_Do_This_First" or "*_Read_This_First"
      • In general, work on other no-peer tests.
      • Then, move on to peer-to-peer tests.

    Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk - Row A

        • logistics, "I'm lost", shipping...

    Network staff - (J31-J33)

    Tool help - see next section

    Lynn Felhofer - (M28)

        • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • ITI, RAD, CARD tests, test requirements & grading
        • "I need to drop a profile/actor"
        • Gazelle help

    Eric Poiseau - (M27)

        • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support

    Steve Moore - (H31)

        • PCC, QRPH and HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading
        • Problems with monitors

    Paul Sherman - (J21)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Assigned partners for some profiles

    Tools - locations & support

    Tools listed below are used to support testing during Connectathon week.

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14flrFx47V3OKwzHIhH8TU3DEg09ks9l51041_D0SQNk/pub

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    ATNA - Syslog sender / collector / msg browser

    Send, receive, validate audit msgs

    Syslog Msg Browser: http://10.242.100.13/SyslogBrowser-na/index.html

    Syslog collector ports:  there are several ports for UDP and TCP.  Please see the approved configurations in gazelle for test system:

    ARR_IHEUSA_SyslogCollector_2015

    Ralph (K37)

    ATNA - TLS Tools

    TLS client / server simulator

     http://10.242.100.100/tls-na/home.seam

     

    CDA validation

    APE, BPPC, CRC, CTNN, EDPN, EDR, IC, NN, PHARM*, RCS-C, XD-Lab, XDS-MS, XDS-SD, XPHR-Extract

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/cda/validator.seam

     

    APHP, APS, CRD, HPoC, ENS, LDHP, LDS, NDS, PPOC, PPVS, PRPH-Ca,  TN, XPHR-update

    http://cda-validation.nist.gov/cda-validation/validation.html

    Andrew (H34)

    C-CDA validation - Lantana Group

    C-CDA HealthStory docs

    https://www.lantanagroup.com/validator/

    Steve (H31)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: http://10.242.100.11:18080/dcm4chee-web/

    password: admin/admin (to add your AE title so the archive will accept your association)

    IP addr / port: 10.242.100.11 /  11112

    AET: DCM4CHEE 

    Steve (H31)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/home.seam

    Eric (M27)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (M27)

    DSUB validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dsub/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

    Eric (M27) 

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (M27)

    WADO validator (XDS-I.b)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/wado/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36) 

    XDW validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36)

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

     http://10.242.100.100/proxy/home.seam

    Eric (M27)

    Gazelle XDStarClient

     

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/XDStarClient/home.seam

    Eric (M27) 

    HPD tools

    HPD validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hpd/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36) 

    HPD Provider Directory Test Tool - Federation option testing

    http://sitenv.org/web/site/provider-directory-test-tool

    Abderrazek (G36) or Eric (M27)  

    Order Manager simulator

    Send HL7v2 orders
    DICOM MWL SCP

    http://10.242.100.100/OrderManager/home.seam

    Abderrazek (G36) or Eric (M27) 

    Patient Generation & Sharing simulator

    Send HL7v2/v3 Patient Registration messages

    Gazelle menu:  Connectathon--> Connectathon--> Patient Generation & Sharing

    Abderrazek (G36) or Eric (M27)

    PIX/PDQ tools

    Validate HL7v2/v3 PIX/PDQ msgs

    http://pixpdqtests.nist.gov/pixpdqtool/ 

    Rob (J36)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    See Massi from Tiani Spirit at table D14

     

    XDS Tools 

     XD* profile testing

     - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://nist1:9080/

    - XDS toolkit: http://10.242.43.11:9080/xdstools2/

    - XDS Registry Dashboard: from the toolkit home page, select Connectathon Tools --> Dashboard

     Bill (G31)

    NA Connectathon 2015 Weekly Reminders

    What should I be working on this week??

    After Connectathon registration closes in October until we're all together in January, the IHE support staff will send you instructions to guide your technical and logistical preparation. All announcements are sent on the NA Connectathon google group.  For easy reference, we gather a summary of weekly reminders on this page.

     

    Week of Oct 6:

    A1: Attend the Oct 8 webinar "Connectathon Preparation Steps" to learn about test tools, pre-Connectathon tests & other technical preparation resources.  You can view the recording and slides on the Training page.

     

    Week of Oct 13:

    A1: Review the overall Connectathon schedule.  Mark your calendar with important dates.

    Week of Oct 20:

    A1: Ensure that you are using up-to-date Technical Framework documentation.  Access the latest versions of IHE profiles from http://www.ihe.net/Technical_Frameworks/ and C-CDA specs from http://www.hl7.org/implement/standards/product_brief.cfm?product_id=258.  Don't make the mistake of using last year's document sitting on your hard drive that may be missing Change Proposals incorporated in 2014.

    A2: Review the list of profiles to be tested in January, those 'dropped' and those with lower registration.  Adjust your development plans accordingly.  In gazelle, we have removed 'dropped' profiles from your system registration.  This is so you won't see tests for profiles that we will not test in January.

    A3: Take a look at your potential test partners in January.  See gazelle under menu Registration--Registration Overview.  Then "Profile Coverage."  (Remember that it is not a valid connectathon test if you choose a partner from your own company.)

    Week of Oct 27:

    A1: For those testing ATNA actors, review the ATNA requirements & Digital Certificates testing resources information.  Generate the digital certificate for your test system.  The same certificate will be used for pre-Connectathon & Connectation testing.

    A2: Make a plan for who will attend the Connectathon.
    -- IHE USA publishes information about obtaining staff badges and hotel reservations on their Connectathon Participant Resource page. Make a plan to purchase your badges by Nov 21 to get the best rate; prices increase significantly after this date.

    Week of Nov 3:

    A1: Review your list of pre-Connectathon tests.  Find the tools you need.  Make a plan to complete the tests by January 9 (or earlier).
    -- Your pre-Connectathon test list is in gazelle under menu Connectathon-->Pre-Connectathon testing
    -- 
    Find the tools you need and the associated documentation using IHE's Test Tools Information page
    -
    - Review available tool webinars & help pages on the Training page.

    A2: If you are testing an actor in the XDS, XDR, XDM, XCA, or MPQ profiles, you will be using the NIST XDS Public Registry and/or XDS toolkit for pre-Connectathon testing & during Connectathon.  
    -- If you use the tools, you should subscribe to the ihe-xds-implementors email group.  It is a forum for developers and the source of news/updates on the XDS tools.
    -- Review Bill's Oct 29 notes to that group about changes to the tools for this testing season.
    -- If you are new to the tools, review the webinar available on the Training page.

    Week of Nov 10:

    A1: Continue working through your pre-Connectathon tests.

    A2: If your system is a Content Creator of CDA documents, or you produce DICOM objects, you will be asked to provide a 'sample' of your content prior to the Connectathon.  This allows your test partners who 'consume' to access your samples and test with them in advance of the Connectathon.  Instructions for sample-sharing in gazelle are documented here.  Content Creators for Health Story Project documents, and for PCC and QRPH profiles will receive guidance in December for sample sharing.

    A3:  Reminder: System fees are due Nov 17.  Early-bird badge pricing ends Nov 21.  Buy badges now to save $$$.

    Week of Nov 17:

    A1: Nov 17 - System fees payment due to IHE USA.

          Nov 21 - Connectathon badge pre-registration deadline.  Prices increase at 12:00am ET.

    A2: Continue working through your pre-Connectathon tests.

    Week of Nov 24: 

    A1: Continue your preparation by working through your list of pre-Connectathon tests and uploading results into gazelle.

    A2: This is also a good time for you to re-examine the scope of what you registered to test in January.  If you discover that you will not be able to complete your implementation of a profile/actor, please contact me so that I can drop that actor from your list.  This helps us to adjust our testing plans.  Remember, if you’re registered for a profile/actor in gazelle, the Connectathon technical managers and your test partners are counting on you to test it in January.

     If you are based in the US, we hope that you enjoy some well-earned time off this week with friends and family.

    Week of Dec 1:

    A1: Your most important task in Nov/Dec is to continue working through your pre-Connectathon "Tests to do" list in gazelle.  Test logs are due Jan 9 (but there are holidays and vacation days between now and then!).  Your customized list of tests is in gazelle under menu Connectathon-->Pre-Connectathon testing.  Test tools and instructions are available on the Tools page.

    A2:  Provide input to Connectathon table assignments:   (1) If you will bring oversized computer equipment, send Lynn a note before Dec 19.  (2) If you are bringing extra staff to the Connectathon (more than the traditional "2 per test system", purchase badges for them before Dec 19 to ensure that they will be seated at a table adjacent to your test system.  If you purcase your badge after Dec 19, your extra staff will be seated in the overflow tables.

    Week of Dec 8:

    A1: We have populated gazelle with default configuration parameters for your test system.  By January 9, you must review, update, and approve these so that they reflect the actual configuration of the test system you will bring to the Connectathon in January.  See details, including 'how to' training, on the Network & Configuration page.

    A2 Gazelle offers a mechanism for uploading a CDA document (web browser upload, not XDS) and sharing that document with Consumer test partners. That mechanism should now be properly configured in gazelle for the CDA documents produced by Content Creators and Form Receiver/CDA Exporters. See gazelle menu Connectathon—>Connectathon—>List of samples.

    For IHE profiles (not C-CDA), you should see a new Pre-Connectathon test today that creators to upload samples and consumers to download the samples and review them. This is a suggestion to prepare for the Connectathon and not a requirement. If you are a C-CDA user, you can also upload and share CDA documents. You will not find a Pre-Connectathon test to prod you. You can still use the sample sharing area of Gazelle

    A3:  If you're interested in testing with partners over the internet prior to the connectathon, attend the webex on Dec 10 at 9:30am CST.  Find details on the training page.

    Week of Dec 15:

    A1: By default, each test system registered in gazelle is assigned to one table with chairs for 2 staff members on the Connectathon tests floor in Cleveland.  If you are bringing additional staff and want them to be seated in tables adjacent to your test system, you must purchase their badge by end-of-day on Dec 19.  Lynn will be doing table assignments on Dec 22. 

    A2:  Remember, both your pre-Connectathon test logs and your approved configurations must be completed in gazelle by Jan 9.

    Weeks of Dec 22 & 29:

     It's time for an end-of-year hiatus from technical preparation. So, enjoy some down-time...

    Week of Jan 5: 


    Review January preparation details set in the Jan 5 email to the na_connectathon email list.

    Week of Jan 12:

    A1: Attend the Connectathon week training webex - Jan 14, 10am CST:  webex link.

    - Connectathon Process Overview -- highly recommended for first-time participants

    - Using gazelle at the Connectathon -- recommended for all participants, includes important information about using the gazelle proxy

    A2: Begin entering your test partners' configuration detailas into your test system.  How-to information is on the Network & Configuration page.

    A3: Complete Profile-specific Preparation.

    Week of Jan 19: 

    A1: Review the "10 Connectathon Tips from the Pros"

    See you next week!

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    NA Connectathon 2015 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our extraordinary volunteer monitors.

    1. Monitor Email list
    2. Logistics: Travel, Expenses, Non-Disclosure & Confict of Interest forms 
    3. WHERE & WHEN? Schedule, Gazelle, Table Assignments
    4. WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments
    5. HOW? Training Material
    6. IHE Technical Framework Documentation
    7. Ask Questions.  Get Help.
    8. Tools at Connectathon
    9. Our FAQ for vendor participants
    10. Nice video on the benefits of being a monitor
    11. Contact us

    Monitor Email list

    We use this google group to communicate with monitors: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ihe-na-2015-connectathon-monitors

    Logistics

    Please carefully review the following material:

    If you have questions about travel or other logistics, Derek Czaplewski is happy to help.

    WHEN & WHERE? Schedule, Gazelle & Table Assignments

    The 2015 North American Connectathon, IHE's week-long interoperability testing event, is held at the Cleveland Convention Center

    • Monday January 26, 8:30-9:00am: Monitors should check in at the Cleveland Convention Center and get your monitor packet and badge. If you cannot arrive by 9am, don't worry; you can get your badge at the main Connectathon registration desk.
    • Monday 9am: The Connectathon managers will meet with the monitor group for a 20-minute welcome/announcement session at TBD meeting room
    • Monday 9:30am: Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. The Connectathon managers will then turn their attention to welcoming vendor participants until testing starts at 10am.
    • Monday 10am - 5:30pm: Connectathon testing begins promptly at 10am
    • Tuesday, January 27
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Wednesday, January 28
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Thursday, January 29
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Friday, January 30
      + 8am - noon Final Connectathon testing session
      Connectathon ends promptly at noon. No showcase testing follows; all participants are done!

    Off-hours access:
    + Participants in the Connectathon will have support from staff (technical managers and volunteer monitors) during the Testing Session hours above.
    + The Connectathon testing floor is staffed by hotel security 24/7.
    + The Connectathon floor will be open at 7am Tues through Friday. Entry/re-entry will be allowed until 9pm each evening. No re-entry after 9pm. If you happen to be working very late, you will be asked to leave the Connectathon floor at 11pm.

    Gazelle:

    Table Assignments show where monitors & tests systems will be located in January.

    • Seating assignments - There are two tabs in this spreadsheet. On the first tab, each cell represents one table with two chairs; table locations are identified by a letter/number, eg L28. The second tab shows seating assignments sorted by Organization.
    • Connectathon floor plan

    WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments

    • Monitor assignments as of 2014.12.12:  excel 
    • Steve made this
    • Please contact Steve Moore if there is a problem with your assignment.

    HOW? Training Material

     

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    All monitors

    Connectathon monitor - process overview
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

    Gazelle walk-through
    - How monitors use gazelle during connectathon week to verify tests. 

    recording | slides

    Monitor training Exercises:  Gazelle hands-on exercises

    Jan 16, 2015

     

     

     

    0:55

    Monitors (except XDS, XCA, Security)

    Gazelle proxy - Using the gazelle proxy for non-TLS message capture, forward, and validation

    .mp4  and these Notes on proxy use 

    also, this proxy help page

    0:25
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors

    Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

     

    0:11
    All monitors

    Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

    How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

    0:08
    CDA monitors

    CDA profile verification details:

    -- Overview of CDA document testing procedure

    -- Validation of CDA documents

    Use the next as reference; do not read cover to cover

    -- PCC_CDA_Document_Tests.xls

    -- Health_Story_C-CDA.xls

    -- PCC_CDA_Create_Document_Tests.pdf

    -- PCC_CDA_Consume_Document_Tests.pdf

    -- Health_Story_C-CDA_Create_Document_Tests.pdf

     -- Health_Story_C-CDA_Consume_Document_Tests.pdf

    read the docs

    XDS monitors

    Overview of the XDS profile - for Connectathon monitors (Majurski)   recording | .mp4 

    Using the NIST XDS tools - for Connectathon monitors (Majurski)   recording | .mp4  |  slides

    0:10

     

    0:33

     

    Security monitors

    -- ATNA testing overview (.mp4 | slides)

    -- ATNA, BPPC, XUA, DEN, DSG tests (slides)

    -- SeR testing scenario (slides)

    0:20 
    ITI domain monitors

    .mp4 recordings below provide an overview of the Connectathon tests in these profile "clusters":

    -- XDS cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- XDS.b, XDR, MPQ, DSUB, NAV)
    -- PIXPDQ cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- PIX, PIXv3, PDQ, PDQv3, PDQm, PAM
    -- ITI-DOCS cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- XDM, XDS-SD
    -- ITI-ETC cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- SVS, HPD, CSD, RID
    -- XC cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- XCA, XCPD, XCA-I, XCF

    -- XDW (.mp4 | slides)

     
    RAD domain monitors

    .mp4 recordings below provide an overview of the Connectathon tests in these profile "clusters":

    -- SWF cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- SWF.b, IOCM, MAWF
    -- Visual cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- MAMMO, DBT, SMI, NMI, PERF, DIFF, IID, CPI
    -- RAD-Export cluster (.mp4 | slides) -- PDI, TCE 
    -- SR cluster (.mp4 | slides) --  ED, REM, KIN, SINR, MRRT
    -- XDS-I (.mp4 | slides
     
    **optional** educational material for monitors

    IHE 2014 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    multiple presentations available; duration varies
      Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it. We collect participants' material on our Training Page.  

     

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation

    To prepare for the connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Vol 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section above before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Our FAQ for vendor participants

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Ask questions. Get help:

    IHE USA staff - Help desk - Row A

        • Monitor logistics support

    Network staff - (J31-J33)

    Tool help - see next section

    Steve Moore - (H31)

        • Monitor Technical Support
        • PCC, QRPH and HealthStory tests, test requirements & grading

    Paul Sherman - (J21)

        • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

    Eric Poiseau - (M27)

        • LAB, PATH, PHARM tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support

    Lynn Felhofer - (M28)

        • ITI, RAD, CARD tests, test requirements & grading
        • Gazelle support

    Tools - locations & support

    Tools listed below are used to support testing during Connectathon week.

    Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

    Tool Used for Location / Config info Support

    ATNA - Syslog sender / collector / msg browser

    Send, receive, validate audit msgs

     

    Ralph (K37)

    ATNA - TLS Tools

    TLS client / server simulator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/tls-na/home.seam

     

    CDA validation

    APE, BPPC, CRC, CTNN, EDPN, EDR, IC, NN, PHARM*, RCS-C, XD-Lab, XDS-MS, XDS-SD, XPHR-Extract

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/cda/validator.seam

     

    APHP, APS, CRD, HPoC, ENS, LDHP, LDS, NDS, PPOC, PPVS, PRPH-Ca,  TN, XPHR-update

    http://cda-validation.nist.gov/cda-validation/validation.html

    Andrew (H34)

    C-CDA validation - Lantana Group

    C-CDA HealthStory docs

    https://www.lantanagroup.com/validator/

    Steve (H31)

    DICOM Central Archive

    Archive for DICOM objects

    GUI front-end: 

    IP addr / port:

    AET: 

    Steve (H31)

    Gazelle EVS Client

    Home page

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/home.seam

    Eric (M27)

    DICOM validators (DCCHECK, dcm4che, Dicom3Tools, Pixelmed-REM, dcmcheck)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dicom/validator.seam

    Eric (M27)

    DSUB validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/dsub/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36)

    HL7v2 validator

    HL7v3 validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v2/validator.seam

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam

     

    PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam

    Eric (M27)

    WADO validator (XDS-I.b)

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/wado/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36) 

    XDW validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xdw/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36)

    Gazelle proxy

    message capture/validation (non-TLS)

     

    Eric (M27)

    Gazelle XDStarClient

     

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/XDStarClient/home.seam

    Eric (M27) 

    HPD tools

    HPD validator

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hpd/validator.seam

    Abderrazek (G36) 

    HPD Provider Directory Test Tool - Federation option testing

    http://sitenv.org/web/site/provider-directory-test-tool

     

    Order Manager simulator

    Send HL7v2 orders
    DICOM MWL SCP

    http://gazelle.ihe.net/OrderManager/home.seam

     

    Patient Generation & Sharing simulator

    Send HL7v2/v3 Patient Registration messages

    Gazelle menu:  Connectathon--> Connectathon--> Patient Generation & Sharing

     

    PCD tools

    PCD profile testing

     

    John (J25)

    PIX/PDQ tools

    Validate HL7v2/v3 PIX/PDQ msgs

    http://pixpdqtests.nist.gov/pixpdqtool/ 

    Rob (J36)

    SAML STS

    SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

    under development

     

    XDS Tools

     XD* profile testing

     

     Bill (G31)

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Contact Us

    For help with logistics (travel, hotel, expenses), please contact Derek Czaplewski (dczaplewski@himss.org)
    For questions about Connectathon processes & tools, or your assignment, contact Steve Moore.

    IHE Europe 2017 Connectathon in Venice

    Venise 2017 

    Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from IHE Europe available at the following URL: http://connectathon.ihe-europe.net/

    This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration will open in gazelle on Dec 1st 2016 to January, 15th 2017.

    Some years ago, Dave Franken shared good tips with us about how to prepare to be successful in Luxembourg, read him here.

     

     Technical Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Contact Us!

    Get help when you need it.

     

    EU Connectathon 2017 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the April Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to Germany. From January until April, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. March through mid-April participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the EU Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
     

     

    Profiles to be tested Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration. UPDATED on 2017/02/21
    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    XDS/XDS-I ATNA Tues-Wed partner assignments On Tues & Wed of Connectathon week, we assign some test partners for infrastructure actors in XDS, XDS-I and ATNA (Audit Record Repositories and Doc Registries & Repositories)
    Cross-Community testing 

    Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and cross-community profiles XC* (eg XCA, XCPD, etc)

    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics (TBC) IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connectathon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the EU Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2017 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE Europe manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Venice (See this link for further details)
    April 3-7, 2017

    Opening hours: 

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - noon

    Testing hours

    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    • Friday : 9:00am - noon

     

    All participants are required to attend until noon on Friday ! Even though you are fine with your tests, some partners may still need your assistance to finish up their tests.

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    This schedule will help you stay on track from January through April!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.

     

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE Europe publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE European Connectathon 2017.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    Policies and Guidelines for the IHE-Europe Connectathon 2017

     

    Introduction

    This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

    Contacts

    Goals

    Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

    1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

    2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
    3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

    Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

    Registration

    Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

    IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

    Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

    Fees 

    Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of company/organisation representatives participating to the event. Fees for the IHE 2017 European Connectathon are:

    1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested and number of registered participants.
      1. System fee is X Euros per system. 
      2. Participant fee is X Euros per representative for the entire event
    2. There is no domain fee.
    3. Registration of one system entitles you to a table (one table per system)
    4. Registration of each 2 additional representatives entitles you to an extra table on site.
    5. Registration of representatives need to be done at system registration time (before February 27th)
    6. Registration of representatives after the deadline of January 15th will be possible at an higher rate.
    7. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Italy VAT at X%  which can be reclaimed by your company.No VAT will be charge if you provide you Intra community VAT number and are a EU company
    8. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
    9. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
    10. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than February 27th 2017. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 27th 2017 or purchase order has not been provided. IHE Europe reserves the right to refuse participation in the IHE Connectathon event if Payment of Participation Fees has not been received on the IHE-Europe Bank Account before the actual start of the event.
    11. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

    IHE Europe 2016 Connectathon in Bochum

     

    Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from IHE Europe available at the following URL: http://connectathon.ihe-europe.net/

    This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration will open in gazelle on Dec 1st 2015 to January, 15th 2016.

    Last year, Dave Franken shared good tips with us about how to prepare to be successful in Luxembourg, read him here.

     

     Technical Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Contact Us!

    Get help when you need it.

     

    EU Connectathon 2016 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the April Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to Germany. From January until April, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. March through mid-April participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the EU Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
    Detailed Connectathon timeline (TBC)

    Calendar of deadlines from January through April!

    Weekly reminders (TBC) What should I be working on this week?  Stay on-track with your preparation!
    Profiles to be tested Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.
    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    XDS/XDS-I ATNA Tues-Wed partner assignments On Tues & Wed of Connectathon week, we assign some test partners for infrastructure actors in XDS, XDS-I and ATNA (Audit Record Repositories and Doc Registries & Repositories)
    Cross-Community testing 

    Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and cross-community profiles XC* (eg XCA, XCPD, etc)

    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics (TBC) IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connectathon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the EU Connectathon 2015 main page

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    EU Connectathon 2016 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE Europe manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Bochum (See this link for further details)
    April 11-15th, 2016

    Opening hours: 

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - noon

    Testing hours

    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    • Friday : 9:00am - noon

     

    All participants are required to attend until noon on Friday ! Even though you are fine with your tests, some partners may still need your assistance to finish up their tests.

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    This schedule will help you stay on track from January through April!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE Europe publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE European Connectathon 2016.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    IHE Europe 2015 Connectathon (Luxembourg City)

    lux2015

    Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from IHE Europe available at the following URL: http://connectathon.ihe-europe.net/

    This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration is open in gazelle from Dec 1st 2014 to January 15th  23rd 2015.

    Dave Franken shared good tips with us about how to prepare to be successful in Luxembourg, read him here.

     

     Technical Resources

    Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

     Schedule and Logistics

    Schedule, fees, payment, badges, hotel, shipping info...

     Weekly reminders

    What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

     Monitor Resources

    Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

     Training Resources

    Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

     Contact Us!

    Get help when you need it.

     

    EU Connectathon 2015 Technical Resources

    Getting ready for participation in the April Connectathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to Luxemburg. From January until April, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. March through mid-April participants share configuration information with test partners, perform internet testing for some profiles, pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the connnectathon. The links below contain details for your Connectathon preparation activities.

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Email list for Connectathon announcements 
    All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the EU Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.
    Detailed Connectathon timeline

    Calendar of deadlines from January through April!

    Weekly reminders What should I be working on this week?  Stay on-track with your preparation!
    Profiles to be tested Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.
    IHE Technical Frameworks

    Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final Text Technical Frameworks & Trial Implementation Supplements are published on ihe.net.

    Some are interested in knowing the specifics of the updates since last year.  Each domain's Technical Committee processes Change Proposals that are then incorporated into Technical Frameworks annually.   Here is a link to each domain's Change Proposals that have been incorporated into updates published in 2014:

    Cardiology:  no CPs processed in 2014
    IT Infrastructure
    ---- CPs:  ftp://ftp.ihe.net/IT_Infrastructure/TF_Maintenance-2014/CPs/3_FinalText/
    ---- TI Supplements moved to Final Text:  XCPD, On-Demand Documents
    Laboratory:
    ---- no updated TF in 2014; next release in 2015
    ---- completed CPs:http://wiki.ihe.net/index.php?title=Laboratory_Technical_Committee#Completed_and_assigned_CPs  
    Radiology:
    ---- CPs: ftp://ftp.ihe.net/Radiology/TF_Maintenance/5_Done%20Incorporating/
    ---- TI Supplements moved to Final Text:  IOCM

    Tool resources Find an index to IHE test tools, a mapping of tools to profiles, tool documentation, test cases, and tool training material.
    ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate.
    Training resources Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes
    Profile-specific preparation In order to make you more efficient at the Connectathon, for some profiles we encourage you to do this preparation in advance.
    Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
    XDS/XDS-I ATNA Tues-Wed partner assignments On Tues & Wed of Connectathon week, we assign some test partners for infrastructure actors in XDS, XDS-I and ATNA (Audit Record Repositories and Doc Registries & Repositories)
    Cross-Community testing 

    Explanation of multiple affinity domain Connectathon tests for participants testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, XCA, XCA-I and XCPD

    The XC* testing schedule used during connectathon week: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18cgWnWi_5HcnVrDG0ygJdihRUnf3DLRPTAz7fbLB-JQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
    Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
    10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
    Connectathon logistics IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

       Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the EU Connectathon 2015 main page

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    EU Connectathon 2015 Schedule & Logistics

      IHE Europe manages the schedule and logistics for the event.  Pointers to details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

    LINK: SUMMARY:
    Connectathon location & dates

    Luxexpo (See this link for further details)
    April 20-24th, 2015

    Opening hours: 

    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
    • Friday : 8:30am - noon

    Testing hours

    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    • Friday : 9:00am - noon

     

    All participants are required to attend until noon on Friday ! Even though you are fine with your tests, some partners may still need your assistance to finish up their tests.

    Detailed Connectathon Schedule

    This schedule will help you stay on track from January through April!  We also have the Weekly Reminder page containing technical preparation steps.

    Email list for Connectathon announcements All participants in the EU Connectathon must join this group. It is used for technical and logistical announcements from the NA Connectathon sponsors and technical managers. To subscribe, send an email to EU_connectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.comPlease note that you need to sign in to a Google account (or create one) in order to join this group.
    Connectathon Technical Resources Find details about technical preparation for connectathon:  tools, network, training, and much more.
    Policies & Guidelines IHE Europe publishes these policies for contracting, payment, and participation in the IHE European Connectathon 2015.
    Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2015 Network Info

      Prepare your system to test at the Connectathon.  Find configuration, IP address, OIDs and other network information here.

    Configuration for Connectathon test systems / OIDs

    An important Connectathon preparation task for December is to share configuration parameters for your test system (ports, URLs...).

    Configuration entry is a two-step process prior to the Connectathon.  We want you to spend your time at the Connectathon working on interoperability issues and not asking your neighbor, "What is the URL of your Repository?"

    1. Starting in December, we collect your system's configuration parameters in gazelle.  Due Jan 9.
    2. Then, you retrieve your partners' parameters from gazelle and enter them into your system.  Finish this task before arriving at the Connectathon.

    Gazelle assigns you default parameters based on the profiles & actors you signed up to test.  Your task is to update those to actual parameter for your test system and marked them 'Approved'.  This is done in gazelle under menu Configuration-->System Configuration.

    Hostnames: Each test system in gazelle is given a hostname.  You can allocate additional hostnames for your systems if you need them.  IP addresses will be assigned to hostnames shortly before the Connectathon.

    The gazelle proxy:  The config/ports for the gazelle proxy are shown on the gazelle configuration page in red font.  There is separate training provided about use of the gazelle proxy.

    Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, homeCommunityIDs, others...).  These are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration-->OIDs for current session.

    Any questions about configuration parameters should be sent to Lynn Felhofer (...after you have viewed the training ;-) )

    Training on gazelle configuration entry

    This is the same process as 2013 and 2014 connectathons, with minor enhancements to the gazelle user interface:

    Connectathon Network Description

    The connectathon network is the backbone for our interoperability testing.  Please read this before arriving in Cleveland: <available here in December>

     IP Addresses

    1. In January, fixed IP addresses will be assigned for all hostnames you configured as part of your configuration work in Dec/Jan (hosts, ports, URLs, ...).
    2. You can see your IP addresses using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
      -- Select a system
      -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
    3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle:
      -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
      -- Lower left: Download hosts file

     

      Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

       Go Back! to the NA Connectathon 2015 main page

    EU Connectathon 2015 Monitor Resources

    Welcome! We gather resources here for our wonderful volunteer monitors.

    1. Monitor recruitment
    2. Monitor Email list
    3. Logistics: Travel, Expenses, Non-Disclosure & Confict of Interest forms 
    4. WHERE & WHEN? Schedule, Gazelle, Table Assignments
    5. WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments
    6. HOW? Training Material
    7. IHE Technical Framework Documentation
    8. Our FAQ for vendor participants
    9. Nice video on the benefits of being a monitor
    10. Contact us

    Monitor recruitment

    Any person who would apply for being a monitor at the 2015 European connectathon shall fill out the Monitor Recruitment Form. If you do not have yet an account on Gazelle website, please contact Anne-Gaêlle Bergé, she will create one for you. We receive application still January, 30th.

    Monitor Email list

    A Google group will be created once we have hired the monitors. If you are part of the team you will be personally invite.

    Logistics

    Please carefully review the following material:

    To be provided at a later time

    If you have questions about travel or other logistics, Anne-Gaëlle Bergé  is happy to help.

    WHEN & WHERE? Schedule, Gazelle & Table Assignments

    The 2015 European Connectathon, IHE's week-long interoperability testing event, is held at Luxexpo.

    • Monday April 20, time to be defined: Monitors should check in at the Luxexpo exhibition and congress center and get your monitor packet and badge. If you cannot arrive by 9am, don't worry; you can get your badge at a later time.
    • Monday 9:30am: Welcome message to everybody
    • Monday 10am: The Connectathon managers will meet with the monitor group for a 20-minute welcome/announcement session at TBD meeting room
    • Monday 10:30am: Monitors find their table on the Connectathon floor and get hooked up to the network. The Connectathon managers will then turn their attention to welcoming vendor participants until testing starts at 10am.
    • Monday 10am - 5:30pm: Connectathon testing begins promptly at 10am
    • Tuesday, April 21
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Wednesday, April 22
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Thursday, April 23
      + 9am - 5:30pm Connectathon testing
    • Friday, April 24
      + 8am - noon Final Connectathon testing session
      Connectathon ends promptly at noon, no more access to Gazelle available. All participants are done!
    • Opening and testing hours will be confirmed at a later time.

    Off-hours access:
    + Participants in the Connectathon will have support from staff (technical managers and volunteer monitors) during the Testing Session hours above.
    + The Connectathon floor will be open at TBD Tues through Friday. Entry/re-entry will be allowed until TBD each day. No re-entry after TBD. If you happen to be working very late, you will be asked to leave the Connectathon floor at TBD.

    Gazelle:

    Table Assignments show where monitors & tests systems will be located in April.

    • Spreadsheet with table assignments: To be published
    • PDF of table layout at the Connectathon: To be published

    WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1K85O-8-c9Lr0cKtTmPIhy_SiIH9BMSDipAfg8SAjK4E/edit?usp=sharing

    HOW? Training Material

    We expect additional profile- and tool-specific training to be available here.

    Audience
    Topic
    Date-Time / Duration
    Req'd for new monitors

    Returing monitors are welcome

    Connectathon monitor - process overview
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

     

    mp4pdf

     

     

    Req'd for new monitors


    Returing monitors are welcome

    Gazelle walk-through
    We have two resources for you.

    - Webex training on how monitors use gazelle & the proxy during connectathon week to work with participants and verify tests. 
    New monitors

    Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    (Streaming link) (.mp4)

    0:40
    New monitors Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)
    0:11
     

    ...

     
    **optional** educational material for monitors

    IHE 2014 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during summer and fall. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc. These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific.

    IT Infrastructure domain training material
    These presentations *are not* connectathon-specific. They are geared to an audience which is familiar with healthcare interoperability problems in general but is not familiar with the way IHE addresses problems or the specific profiles provided by ITI. You may find topics of interest to you in your "day job".

    multiple presentations available; duration varies
      Some of you may be interested in the training material we compile for vendor participants, but monitors do not need to review it. We collect participants' material on our Training Page.  

     

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation

    To prepare for the connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Vol 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework" video in the training section above before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net.

    Our FAQ for vendor participants

    We have put together this FAQ with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Video

    This is a great welcome to new monitors captured on video. While it is was done by a SIIM board member at the beginning of Connectathon monitor training in 2009, his points about the benefits of your volunteer service stand true today. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6SrkvyB1EPs

    Contact Us

    For help with logistics (travel, hotel, expenses), please contact TBD
    For questions about Connectathon processes & tools, or your assignment, contact Anne-Gaëlle Bergé.

    Policies and Guidelines for the IHE-Europe Connectathon 2015

     

    Introduction

    This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

    Contacts

    • Technical Manager
    • Administrative Manager 
      • Ulrike Mayerhofer-Sebera  (Invoice, Contract)

    Goals

    Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

    1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

    2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
    3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

    Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

    Registration

    Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

    IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

    Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

    Fees 

    Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of company/organisation representatives participating to the event. Fees for the IHE 2015 European Connectathon are:

    1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested. Participation Fee is 4620 Euros per system. This includes 2 company/organisation representatives at the connectathon.
    2. There is no domain fee.
    3. Registration of  additional company/organisation representatives if possible at the flat rate of 683 Euros for the entire event.
    4. Registration of each 2 additional representatives entitles you to an extra table on site.
    5. Registration of representatives need to be done at system registration time (before February 27th)
    6. Registration of representatives after the deadline of January 15th will be possible at an higher rate.
    7. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Luxembourg VAT at 17%  which can be reclaimed by your company.No VAT will be charge if you provide you Intra community VAT number and are a EU company
    8. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
    9. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
    10. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than February 27th 2015. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 27th 2015 or purchase order has not been provided. IHE Europe reserves the right to refuse participation in the IHE Connectathon event if Payment of Participation Fees has not been received on the IHE-Europe Bank Account before the actual start of the event.
    11. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

    IHE Europe 2014 Connectathon (Vienna)

    Organised in cooperation with IHE Austria, the IHE Europe Connectathon will be held at the Austria Center in Vienna from April 7 to 11, 2014.

    IHE Europe Connectathon provides a unique opportunity for vendors to test the interoperability of their  products in a structured environment with peer vendors. Participants test against multiple vendors using real world clinical  scenarios following IHE Integration Profiles specifications.

    The annual IHE Connectathon affords all companies, large and small, the opportunity to test their own products, across a variety of domains including Radiology, Cardiology, Pathology, Patient Care Devices, Patient Care Coordination, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Dental and crucially IT Infrastructure, along with those of their peer vendors.

    The last two years have seen national, regional and hospital tender procedures demand current independent demonstrations of IHE profile implementation competence by vendors and an increasing number of buyers are turning to the IHE Product Registry (http://product-registry.ihe.net) and Connectathon results pages (http://connectathon-results.ihe.net) which list Connectathon results, as part of their decision making process.

    Also visit http://connectathon2014.ihe-europe.net

    Key Benefits

    • Subject your products to interoperability competency testing.
    • Prove the conformance of your products to IHE profiles.
    • Ensure your products continue to meet the expanding base of IHE profiles .
    • Join industry leaders during VIP tours of the Connectathon floor.
    • Share experiences with over 350 industry leading professionals.
    • Learn from CAT monitors knowledge and expertise.

    Registration

    Registration opens on December 1, 2013 and closes on January 17th 24th, 2014

    The Gazelle Test Management application is used for registration. To register to the Connectathon and get technical information, please go on the dedicated Gazelle page here. Documentation about the registration process is available here

    Planning

    • December 1st : Registration opens 
    • January 17th 24th : 
      • Registration closes
      • Deadline for connectathon participants registration (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
    • January 17th-February 7th : 
      • Invoices are send to participating companies 
    • February 20th : Deadline for connectathon fees payment (extended due to late information about VAT)
    • XXXXXX : 
      • 10am-12pm : Webinar for connectathon Participants  (Register, Presentation, Video)
    • XXXXXX
      • 2pm-4pm: Webinar for connectathon Participants (Register , Presentation, Video)
    • February14th : 2-4pm : Webinar for Pre-Connectathon Internet Testing (RegisterPresentation, Video (Part 1 & Part 2 )
    • February 28th : Deadline for requesting supportive/thorough testing
    • March 16th : 
    • March 28th : 
      • Webinar use of the proxy during the connectathon (Video)
    • April 1st
      • Deadline for pre-connectathon log return
      • Deadline for sharing connectathon configurations
      • Deadline for sample sharing
    • April 7th-11th : Connectathon
    • June 1st : Publication of Connectathon Results

    Shipping Address

    Below we provide the delivery information for packages intended for the CAT.

     

    Parcels for the CAT can be addressed to the following address:

     

    IML – Messe Logistik GmbH

    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1

    A-1220 Wien

    Für: Connectathon v. 7.- 11 April 2014

     

    Aussteller: please fill out your name

    Please note: 

    1. The cost must be payed by the respective company.
    2. Shipments can only be accepted, after a complete “Voraviso”  and the Contract for Payment (see the document below) have been sent to and received by IML – Messe Logistik GmbH.
    3. „Voraviso” means: you have to announce your package at IML with an e-mail to office@iml-vienna.at before sending it.

    Infomation about the costs:

    IML calculate the costs for a package in size of max. 60 x 60 x 60 cm, 50 kg:

    • Acceptance 55 €
    • Delivery 55 €
    • Documentation 10 €
    • Commission 4% of the invoice amount
    • VAT 20%

    But these cost are not fixed -  they depend on size and weight of your parcel. See the following file for more details about the costs. 

    CAT Calendar

    The calendar of the connectathon side event can be found there : TBD

    During the connectathon working hours will be the following :

    • From Monday until Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Mailing List

    Register to the IHE Europe 2014 Connectathon mailing list
    E-mail : ihe-europe-2014-connectathon@googlegroups.com
    Visit group

    Demonstrations

    Not aware of any demonstration planning yet.

    Traveling Information 

    See that page

    Hotel Information

    See that page.

    Fees

    See Policies and Guidelines 2014

    Policies and Guidelines

    see the policies and guidelines

    IHE Europe 2013 Connectathon (Istanbul)

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    Welcome to the IHE Connectathon 2013

    The 13th annual IHE-Europe Connectathon will take place from 15th to 19th April 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Within the scope of the IHE mission, IHE-Europe will hold the annual Connectathon in Istanbul from April 15th to 19th, 2013. The IHE Connectathon is a 5-day event which main purpose is testing the interoperability and connectivity of health-care IT systems. This traditional event draws participation from across Europe, with more than 90 companies and 300 engineers participating. Also scheduled are a number of "parallel events", with daily round-tables and seminars on specific health-care topics.

    Registration 

    For the 4th time in Europe, Gazelle tool will be used for registration. Your 2010-2012, usernames and login are still working on this instance of Gazelle.

    Please use the "lost password" button in case you have forgotten your password. If you need any assistance please contact us at gazelle-support@ihe-europe.net

     

    Registration closed on January 15th 2013, still accepting late registration...


     

    Planning

    • November 1st : Registration opens
    • November 30th: Registration Q&A Webinar (Register) 
    • December 7th : Registration Q&A Webinar (Register)
    • December 14th : Registration Q&A Webinar (Register)
    • January 15th 
      • Registration closes
      • Deadline for connectathon participants registration (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
    • January 15th-22nd :
      • Still accepting late registrations (contact Eric Poiseau) 
      • Invoices are send to participating companies 
    • January 24th  : 10am-12pm : Webinar for connectathon Participants  (Register, Presentation, Video)
    • January 24th  : 2pm-4pm: Webinar for connectathon Participants (Register , Presentation, Video)
    • January 31st : Deadline for connectathon fees payment
    • February 28th : Deadline for requesting supportive/thorough testing
    • March 14th : 2-4pm : Webinar for Pre-Connectathon Internet Testing (Register, Presentation, Video (Part 1 & Part 2 )
    • April 1st :
      • Deadline for registering extra participants (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
      • Deadline for pre-connectathon log return
      • Deadline for sharing connectathon configurations
      • Deadline for sample sharing
    • April 10th : Webinar  (Video)
    • April 15th-19th : Connectathon
    • June 1st : Publication of Connectathon Results

    Shipping Address

     

    Due to limited space and security on the venue we can’t store any items before the actual event. Beside there might be a problem in the customs so it is better that vendors who need to ship materials use the Etix Travel office address and also my Nedim YILMAZ name to send their equipment. We will delivery all on 14 April 2013 to the venue.

    So please address you shippments to : 

    Etiks Turizm, Organizasyon ve Pazarlama Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti.

    Nedim YILMAZ / IHE Connectathon

    Adress :Bagdat Caddesi, Mucahit Sokak No:11 / 6 34740 Suadiye - Istanbul / Turkiye
    T  +90 216 360 5933  F   +90 216 360 7551 +90 532 291 5775

     

    CAT Calendar

    The calendar of the connectathon side event can be found there : TBD

    During the connectathon working hours will be the following :

    • From Monday until Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Mailing List

     

    Google Groupes
    Register to the IHE Europe 2013 Connectathon mailing list
    E-mail :
    Visit group

     

    Demonstrations

    Not aware of any demonstration planning yet.

    Traveling Information

    see CAT2013.ORG

    Hotel Information

    see CAT2013.ORG

    Fees

    see the policies and guidelines

    Policies and Guidelines 2013

     

    Introduction

    This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

    Contacts

    Goals

    Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

    1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

    2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
    3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

    Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

    Registration

    Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

    IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

    Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

    Fees

     

     

    Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of company/organisation representatives participating to the event. Fees for the IHE 2013 European Connectathon are:

    1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested. Participation Fee is 4200 Euros per system. This includes 2 company/organisation representatives at the connectathon.
    2. There is no domain fee.
    3. Registration of  additional company/organisation representatives if possible at the flat rate of 600 Euros for the entire event.
    4. Registration of each 2 additional representatives entitles you to an extra table on site.
    5. Registration of representatives need to be done at system registration time (before February 29th)
    6. Registration of representatives after the deadline of January 15th will be possible at an higher rate.
    7. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Belgium VAT at 21%  which can be reclaimed by your company.No VAT will be charge if you provide you Intra community VAT number and are a EU company
    8. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
    9. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
    10. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than January 31st 2012. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 5th 2012 or purchase order has not been provided.
    11. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

    Policies and Guidelines for the IHE-Europe Connectathon 2014

     

    Introduction

    This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

    Contacts

    • Technical Manager
    • Administrative Manager 
      • Ulrike Mayerhofer-Sebera  (Invoice, Contract)

    Goals

    Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

    1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

    2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
    3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

    Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

    Registration

    Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

    IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

    Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

    Fees 

    Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of company/organisation representatives participating to the event. Fees for the IHE 2014 European Connectathon are:

    1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested. Participation Fee is 4400 Euros per system. This includes 2 company/organisation representatives at the connectathon.
    2. There is no domain fee.
    3. Registration of  additional company/organisation representatives if possible at the flat rate of 650 Euros for the entire event.
    4. Registration of each 2 additional representatives entitles you to an extra table on site.
    5. Registration of representatives need to be done at system registration time (before February 29th)
    6. Registration of representatives after the deadline of January 15th will be possible at an higher rate.
    7. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Belgium VAT at 21%  which can be reclaimed by your company.No VAT will be charge if you provide you Intra community VAT number and are a EU company
    8. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
    9. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
    10. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than January 31st 2014. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 5th 2014 or purchase order has not been provided. IHE Europe reserves the right to refuse participation in the IHE Connectathon event if Payment of Participation Fees has not been received on the IHE-Europe Bank Account before the actual start of the event.
    11. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

    Multiple Affinity Domain in Istanbul

    Multiple Affinity Domain testing at the Istanbul Connectathon

    XCA / XCA-I / XCPD Istanbul Testing Schedule

    Testing of Cross-Community profile (XCA, XCA-I and XCPD) is directly organized by monitors during connectathon week. Unlike most connectathon tests, you will not choose your own partners. If you are doing cross-community testing, a monitor will visit you on Monday or Tuesday to explain the planning. 

    Explanation of Red/Blue/Green domains

    This page applies to vendors testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and XCA, XCA-I, XCPD.

    If you're testing these profiles, please review this page during May.

    In Istanbul, we will have 3 XDS Affinity Domains. Each of these domains is associated with its own Patient ID assigning authority. For ease of reference we call these the Red domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.1000), the Green domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.2000), and the Blue domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.3000). We also have a 'local' Patient ID assigning authority (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.3000.1.6).

    1. Multiple-affinity-domains.ppt : This presentation gives you an overview of the 3-affinity-domain testing. Please review it prior to arriving in Istanbul!!

    2. We have a tool for creating a patient with a Patient ID in the Red, Green or Blue assigning authority and sending it via HL7v2 or v3 to your test system: Gazelle patient generation & sharing allows you create & sending a single patient via HL7v2 & v3. It is also capable of resending an HL7 feed and batch sending of multiple patients.

    3. http://ihewiki.wustl.edu/wiki/index.php/File:Three-domain-assigning-authority.xls : XDS.b Registries and XCA, XCPD & XCA-I Gateways are assigned to one of the 3 affinity domains for the entire connectathon week.
      • Registries accept a patient identity feed, and register documents, with patient IDs in their assigned domain (ie with their designated Patient ID assigning authority)
      • Likewise, Gateway actors represent communities with documents in their one assigned domain.
      • PIX Managers, and some PDQ Suppliers, can operate across domains.
      • These assignments are in the table below and also in the excel spreadsheet linked in this item.

    If you have questions about multiple affinity domain testing at the connecthon, ask Lynn Felhofer.

    IHE Europe 2012 Connectathon (Bern)

    Bern Connectathon 2012

    Welcome to the IHE Connectathon 2012

    Download Brochure

    The 12th annual IHE-Europe Connectathon will take place from 21st to 25th May 2012 in Bern, Switzerland.

    Within the scope of the IHE mission, IHE-Europe will hold the annual Connectathon at BernExpo in Bern from May 21st to 25th, 2012. The IHE Connectathon is a 5-day event which main purpose is testing the interoperability and connectivity of health-care IT systems. This traditional event draws participation from across Europe, with more than 90 companies and 300 engineers participating. Also scheduled are a number of "parallel events", with daily round-tables and seminars on specific health-care topics.

    Registration 

    For the 3nd time in Europe, Gazelle tool will be used for registration. Your 2010 and 2011, usernames and login are still working on this instance of Gazelle.

    Please use the "lost password" button in case you have forgotten your password. If you need any assistance please contact us at INRIA (eric.poiseau@inria.fr) 

     

    Register now

     

    Planning

    • November 1st : Registration opens
    • January 15th 22nd
      • Registration closes
      • Deadline for connectathon participants registration (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
    • January 31st February 29th : Deadline for connectathon fees payment
    • February 3rd  : 10am-12pm : Webinar for connectathon Participants  (Register, add to calendar, pptx,  video)
    • February 8th  : 4pm-6pm: Webinar for connectathon Participants (Register, add to calendar, pptx, video)
    • February 10th : Deadline for registration to the epSOS profiles.
    • February 28th : Deadline for requesting supportive/thorough testing
    • March 18th : The number of blocked hotel rooms will be reduced. Please book your hotel before March 18, 2012 !
    • April 15th : Start handling customs information for Switzerland (Carnet ATA)
    • April 30th : Deadline for registering extra participants (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
    • May 1st : 
      • Deadline for pre-connectathon log return
      • Deadline for sharing connectathon configurations
      • Deadline for sample sharing
    • May 21-25th : Connectathon in Bern
    • June 15th : Publication of Connectathon Results

    Shipping Address

    Delivery by transporter is accepted only on Friday, 18 May 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during the CAT opening hours (Central European Time).

    Delivery address
     BERNEXPO AG
     Door 1.1
     Mingerstrasse 6
     CH-3014 Bern
     Switzerland

    CAT Calendar

    The calendar of the connectathon side event can be found there : http://cat2012.org/html/02_01_side_event.html

    During the connectathon working hours will be the following :

    • From Monday until Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Mailing List

     

    Google Groupes
    Register to the IHE Europe 2012 Connectathon mailing list
    E-mail :
    Visit group

     

    Demonstrations

    Not aware of any demonstration planning yet.

    Traveling Information

    Please visit : http://cat2012.org/

    Hotel Information

    Please visit : http://cat2012.org/

    Fees

    see the policies and guidelines

    What should I be working on this week?

    Week of April 30th 2012

    • Review Multiple Affinity Domain assignement
    • Attend or view recording of the webex that will take place on Friday (TLS, Proxy, OrderManager) : See announcement on ihe-europe-2012 google group
    • Make sure every participants to connectathon is recorded in the page : See Gazelle Test Management : Registration -> Testing Session Participants. Person with no badge will not be able to enter the room. Person with no badge will not be able to have lunch !
      • We will invoice the extra participants later on.
    • In Gazelle Test Management please start and complete the no peer test that can be done ahead of the connectathon so that we can start verifying and validating them.
      • BIR / ID : Still some slots for verifying the test ahead of the connectathon (note that this single test (BIR_Image Display requires at least 4 hours for the verification).
      • MOD, RC, EC, CONTENT_CREATOR:  Please run the tests that asks you to create samples and enter them in Gazelle Test Management so that we can verify them.

    Week of April 23rd 2012

    • Modalities : we invite all of you to review the two following files and to check that in our list of codes we have codes that match your modality type (MR, CT, MG...). This will ensure that the Order Fillers and Order Placers will have procedures that match your system capabilities ready for Bern.
    • BIR/ID : This week and next week we are performing webex sessions for evaluation of the test. Make sure that you have registered in the doodle for your systems (so far only one of your registered)
    • OID Assignement : Many systems need OIDs as part of their configuration (Patient ID Sources, XDS Source & Repositories, others...). This year, these are assigned in gazelle under menu Configuration/OIDs for Current Session.

    Week of April 9th 2012

    • XDW : there is CP that will take into effect for the Bern CAT on that profile. The validation tool was updated accordingly. Please make sure to take it into account and revalidate your document already submitted in Gazelle for both Pre-CAT and CAT testing. Google Group on XDW is at : http://groups.google.com/group/ihe-xdw-implementors?hl=en
    • No Peer Test : many of the no peer test for the connectathon ask you to provide some samples. Please start providing them in the sample section of Gazelle. You can then start the test instance, indicate the permanent link into the test instance and we will start to validate your sample. This will save YOU and US a lot of time in Bern.
    • Proxy : We will use a proxy in Bern to capture the messages exchanged during testing. The use of the proxy is not required but strongly encouraged. Gabriel wrote a documentation of the tools that you will have in Bern, please read it : http://gazelle.ihe.net/content/proxy
    • Order Manager : Connectathon veterans might remember a tool called the RisMALL. In Bern we will use a tool call the "Order Manager" that replaces the RISMALL and allows test participants to create and manage orders for the profiles in the LAB and RAD domain. A documentation of that tool is available. Please read it  : http://gazelle.ihe.net/content/order-manager
    • We are planning webinars at the end of april and early may to exchange on this tools:
      • Gazelle usage during the Connectathon (1h) May 2nd at 10am CET
      • Proxy usage (1/2h) : May 3rd at 10am CET
      • Security tools usage (1/2h): May 3rd at 11am CET
      • Order Manager usage (1h): May 4th at 10am CET

    Week of April 2nd 2012

    • Start working on your CARNET ATA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATA_Carnet)
    • Start returning samples needed for your systems and if you need to render samples provided by your partner please render them and provide snapshot where needed.
      • We want to perform as much conformance testing of your samples before the connectathon starts. The idea to save monitor time and do all the conformance testing remotly. This will give you a chance to fix the problem that will be found in your samples, before the event.
      • So please visit the page Connectathon->List of Samples and return the samples requested and render the samples available providing a snapshot of the rendering by your application. This will inform your peer that you have done it.
      • Visit the page Connectathon -> Connectathon and review the list of "No Peer" test needed for your systems. Some of these test ask you to provide a sample, when you have done it, provide the permanent link to the sample in the test instance, mark the test as completed. This will trigger an event,  telling us that we need to verify your test.
      • Test marked as verified before Bern, will save all of us a lot of valuable time there.
      • Samples example : ATNA Questionnaire, Sample Images, Sample CDA Documents,...
    • Continue registration of your participants to the event (15 companies have still not registered any participants yet). See the procedure here.
      • Please note that now adding extra participants will not give you extra tables (unless another organization drops participation and I have extra tables !)
    • Continue pre-CAT test log return (see details below)
    • Continue review of your configuration parameter (see details below)

    Week of March 26th 2012

    • IMPORTANT/URGENT : Last chance to get extra tables at the Bern connectathon by registering participants (individuals) to the connectathon.
      • you have till Friday March 30th at 5 pm to register the participants following the procedure described here
      • each registered system includes  2 participants
      • each extra 2 registered participants at 600 Euros you will get an extra table (see mail sent to google group for more details).
    • Systems configuration have been initialized in Gazelle Test Management. So each of your systems have now configurations. Please review the configurations that have been assigned to you and edit them according to your needs. We have not yet assigned the OIDs. Will try to do it this week.
    • Systems implement BIR/ID : I have contacted you individually per email. Please respond to that email about your status on testing. We need to setup conference calls to evaluate the test remotely and ahead of Bern.
    • Continue working through your pre-Connectathon "Tests to do" list in gazelle. Test logs are due May 1st.

    Week of March 19th 2012

    • Continue working through your pre-Connectathon "Tests to do" list in gazelle. Test logs are due May 1st.
    • I have finnished processing Supportive testing requests and registration changes request. Please check that your request have been processed and bug me if not.
    • Access the digital certificates for TLS testing (ATNA profile). See the mail of Gabriel with the instructions

    Week of March 5th 2012

    • Continue working through your pre-Connectathon "Tests to do" list in gazelle. Test logs are due May 1st.
    • Book hotel room for connectathon: See link here.

    Week of February 27th 2012

    • Get started on your pre-Connectathon tests. Upload successful results into gazelle.
    • This is the last week to submit a request for Supportive testing. Please read details here.
    • This is the last week for asking registration changes. Adding/Removing actors.

    Policies and Guidelines

    Bern Flyer

    Introduction

    This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

    Contacts

    Goals

    Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

    1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

    2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
    3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

    Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

    Registration

    Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

    IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

    Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

    Fees

     

     

    Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of company/organisation representatives participating to the event. Fees for the IHE 2012 European Connectathon are:

    1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested. Participation Fee is 4200 Euros per system. This includes 2 company/organisation representatives at the connectathon.
    2. There is no domain fee.
    3. Registration of  additional company/organisation representatives if possible at the flat rate of 600 Euros for the entire event.
    4. Registration of each 2 additional representatives entitles you to an extra table on site.
    5. Registration of representatives need to be done at system registration time (before February 29th)
    6. Registration of representatives after the deadline of January 15th will be possible at an higher rate.
    7. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Belgium VAT at 21%  which can be reclaimed by your company.No VAT will be charge if you provide you Intra community VAT number and are a EU company
    8. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
    9. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
    10. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than January 31st 2012. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 5th 2012 or purchase order has not been provided.
    11. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

    Monitor Ressources

    WHEN & WHERE? Logistics, Timeline & Table Assignments

    The 2012 European  Connectathon, IHE's week-long interoperability testing event, is held at the BernExpo congress center in Bern, Switzerland. We would like to welcome monitors on the connectathon floor at 9am on Monday May 21st. After you check in and get your monitor packet, we will meet with the monitor group at 10:30am for a 20-minute welcome/announcement session. You will find your table, get comfortable & connect to the network.  The testing starts at 11am. If you cannot arrive by 10:30am, don't worry, we will have people to help you get settled later than that. The testing schedule is:

    • Monday 8:30-11am: Vendor arrival & setup
    • Monday 11-5pm: Connectathon testing begins
    • Tuesday thru Thursday 9am - 5pm: Connectathon testing continues
    • Friday noon : Connectathon testing ends

    TODO : Table Assignments

    TODO : Connectathon floor plan

    TODO : Network information

     

    WHO & WHAT? Monitors' Profile Assignments

    Monitor assignement can be found into Gazelle Test Management: click on Admin -> Manage Monitors

    Find your name

    • click on the magnifying glass to access the list of test assigned to you (do not worry there might be more than one monitor assigned to each test).
    • click on the printer icon to generate a pdf with the description of all the tests assigned to you.

    If you fill like you need to change the assignement contact Eric Poiseau or Anne-Gaëlle Bergé


    HOW? Training Material

    Audience
    Topic
    Time / Duration
    Req'd for new monitors

    Returing monitors are welcome

    Monitor Training
    - Monitor responsibilities
    - Connectathon process for monitors
    - Q&A

    recording of the session : april 3rd  / april 4th

    April 3rd 2-4pm

    April 4th 4-6pm

    **optional** educational material for monitors IHE 2011 Educational Webinar Series
    IHE sponsored its annual educational webinar series during 2011. You will find overview presentations for each IHE domain as well as 'speciality' presentations on topics like security, cross-community sharing of healthcare information, etc.
    varies
    New monitors

    IHE Terminology (link to streaming video)
    or, use this link to download the recording

    This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

    0:40
    New monitors Connectathon Terminology:
    Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)
    0:11
    All monitors

    How to use the gazelle tool (helpful instructions in Word format)
    - Logging in to gazelle
    - Using the monitor worklist
    - Reviewing tests; changing test status
    - Using the gazelle mobile app to verify tests

    TODO

     

    Manager Support

    Contact these folks during the week if you have questions or problems. Support for specific tools is in the next section.

    Responsibilities
    Contact
    Location
    Connectathon Management (testing process questions, dropping profiles, gen'l support...) Eric Poiseau or Lynn Felhofer 

    Network Support IHE Suisse Staff

    Logistics (badges, lunch, fees, hotel...) Connectathon sponsor staff welcome desk
    Lab Domain tests Nicolas Lefevre or François Macary

    Cardiology Domain  Lynn Felhofer
    ITI Domain tests Lynn Felhofer
    PCC Domain tests

    PCD Domain tests

    Radiology Domain tests Lynn Felhofer

     

    IHE Technical Framework Documentation

    To prepare for the January connectathon, we recommend you read the chapter in "Volume 1" for the profiles you are assigned to evaluate. Each IHE domain's Technical Framework is segmented into multiple volumes; Volume 1 contains the use cases the profile addresses, the process flow and a diagram of the actors & transactions in the profiles. The technical details of the transactions are not in Vol 1, and as a monitor, you do not need to be an expert at that level. If you are reading a Trial Implementation Supplement, you will see that the contents are separated into Volume 1 and Volume 2 within the supplement.

    If you are not familiar with IHE documentation, we recommend you view the "IHE Terminology" video in the training section above before you read the documentation.

    IHE publishes its documents, organized by domain, on the Technical Framework page of ihe.net. We have created this index to help you find each profile: Summary of IHE Technical Requirements

    FAQ for vendor participants

    We have put together this FAQ page with answers to questions we frequently receive from our vendor participants. You may find it informative.

    Contact Us

    For help with logistics (travel, hotel, expenses), please contact office@ihe-europe.net
    For questions about Connectathon processes & tools, or your assigment, contact Eric Poiseau.

    Multiple Affinity Domain

    Multiple Affinity Domain testing at the Bern Connectathon

    XCA / XCA-I / XCPD Bern Testing Schedule

    Testing of Cross-Community profile (XCA, XCA-I and XCPD) is directly organized by monitors during connectathon week. Unlike most connectathon tests, you will not choose your own partners. If you are doing cross-community testing, a monitor will visit you on Monday or Tuesday to explain the planning. In the meantime, you can review this document to review the planning document for cross-community tests: http://ihewiki.wustl.edu/wiki/index.php/File:XCA_connectathon_test_planning-Bern.doc

    Explanation of Red/Blue/Green domains

    This page applies to vendors testing XDS.b, XDS-I.b, PDQ/PDQv3, PIX/PIXv3, and XCA, XCA-I, XCPD.

    If you're testing these profiles, please review this page during May.

    In Bern, we will have 3 XDS Affinity Domains. Each of these domains is associated with its own Patient ID assigning authority. For ease of reference we call these the Red domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.1000), the Green domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.2000), and the Blue domain (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.13.20.3000). We also have a 'local' Patient ID assigning authority (1.3.6.1.4.1.21367.3000.1.6).

    1. Multiple-affinity-domains.ppt : This presentation gives you an overview of the 3-affinity-domain testing. Please review it prior to arriving in Bern!!

    2. We have a tool for creating a patient with a Patient ID in the Red, Green or Blue assigning authority and sending it via HL7v2 or v3 to your test system: Gazelle patient generation & sharing allows you create & sending a single patient via HL7v2 & v3. It is also capable of resending an HL7 feed and batch sending of multiple patients.

    3. Three-domain-assigning-authority-Bern.xls : XDS.b Registries and XCA, XCPD & XCA-I Gateways are assigned to one of the 3 affinity domains for the entire connectathon week.
      • Registries accept a patient identity feed, and register documents, with patient IDs in their assigned domain (ie with their designated Patient ID assigning authority)
      • Likewise, Gateway actors represent communities with documents in their one assigned domain.
      • PIX Managers, and some PDQ Suppliers, can operate across domains.
      • These assignments are in the table below and also in the excel spreadsheet linked in this item.

    If you have questions about multiple affinity domain testing at the connecthon, ask Lynn Felhofer.

    IHE Europe 2011 Connectathon (Pisa)

    Welcome to the IHE Connectathon 2011

    Download Brochure

    The 11th annual IHE-Europe Connectathon will take place from 11th to 15th April 2011 in Pisa, Italy.

    Within the scope of the IHE mission, IHE-Europe will hold the annual Connectathon at the Stazione Leopolda in Pisa from April 11 to 15, 2011. The IHE Connectathon is a 5-day event which main purpose is testing the interoperability and connectivity of health-care IT systems. This traditional event draws participation from across Europe, with more than 90 companies and 200 engineers participating. Also scheduled are a number of "parallel events", with daily round-tables and seminars on specific health-care topics.

    Destination Pisa

    Pisa is a city full of history, both artistic, cultural and scientific. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city of over 87,500 residents contains more than 20 other 

    Registration 

    For the 2nd time in Europe, Gazelle tool will be used for registration. Your 2010, usernames and login are still working on this instance of Gazelle.

    Please use the "lost password" button in case you have forgotten your password. If you need any assistance please contact us at INRIA (eric.poiseau@inria.fr) 

    Register now 

    Planning

    • November 9th : Registration opens
    • January 10th 14th : Registration closes
    • January 31st : Deadline for connectathon fees payment
    • February 3rd 10-12 : Webinar for connectathon Participants (register | video | ppt)
    • February 8th  16-18: Webinar for connectathon Participants (register | video | ppt)
    • March 15th 25th: Deadline for pre-connectathon log return
    • March 23rd : Deadline for connectathon participants registration (Gazelle -> Registration -> Connectathon Participants)
    • March 30th : Deadline for sharing connectathon configurations
    • March 30th : Deadline for registering extra participants
    • March 30th : Deadline for sample sharing
    • April 11-15th : Connectathon in Pisa
    • May 1st : Publication of Connectathon Results

    Shipping Address


    The day of delivery is set for April 8, 10AM - 4PM.

    During this period of  time someone from IHE-Italy  will be present to ensure that all go smoothly.

    The parcels should be addressed to:

    IHE CONNECTATHON 2011
    c/o LEOPOLDA STORICA
    Piazza Guerrazzi
    56125 PISA ITALY

    For bulky packages (more than a cubic meter) that  need special
    delivery please contact Lapo or Roberto at IHE Italy

    CAT Calendar

    Agenda

    Mailing List

    Google Groupes
    Register to the IHE Europe 2011 Connectathon mailing list
    E-mail :
    Visit group

    Demonstration

    The following demonstrations are planned for 2011

    Traveling Information

    To be provided at a later time

    Hotel Information

    Hotel information for Pisa Connectathon was put together by IHE Italy

    Fees

    see the policies and guidelines

      Policies and Guidelines

      Introduction

      This document provides policies and guidelines for organizations participating in testing at the IHE European Connectathon ("Participants") designed to help ensure successful testing.

      Contacts

      Goals

      Connectathon testing has three specific goals:

      1. Testing Participant implementations of actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks

      2. Testing and providing feedback on actors and profiles defined in the IHE Technical Frameworks
      3. Preparing for any IHE demonstrations in which Participants may also be involved.

      Participants are expected to support all three goals as appropriate, to work in a cooperative manner and to show respect for both their peers and the IHE testing process.

      Registration

      Online Testing Management System (Gazelle)

       

      IHE uses an online testing management system, dubbed "Gazelle," to aid in organizing, conducting and recording the testing process. Prospective Participants begin the registration process by entering information in Gazelle about their organization and the systems they wish to test.

      Participants are provided with secure access to their account in Gazelle. Throughout the testing process, they use it to access testing requirements and plans for their systems, to find and communicate with prospective testing partners, to track the successful completion of their testing activities and to receive other communications from the Sponsors and the Connectathon Management Team. Gazelle is also used by IHE Europe and the Connectathon Management Team to record and publish the results of testing. Participants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves in advance with Gazelle and to check it regularly throughout the testing process for announcements and other information.

      Fees

      Connectathon registration fees are based on the number of systems a Participant registers and the number of IHE Domains (eg, Cardiology, IT Infrastructure, Patient Care Coordination, Patient Care Devices, Radiology, ["Domains"]) in which those systems are registered to test. Fees for the IHE 2011 European Connectathon are:

       

      1. Participation fees are proportional to the number of systems being tested and the number of IHE domains (see below) in which these systems participate. Participation Fee is 2900 Euros for the first system, 3000 Euros for the following ones, for IHE or epSOS connectathon.
      2. A domain fee of EUR 1000 will be charged per domain. epSOS domain will be charged EUR 2000.
      3. The second domain in the following list - IT-Infrastructure, Pharmacy, Cardiology, Pathology - is free of charge.
      4. All prices (in Euros) are subject to Belgium VAT which can be reclaimed by your company :
        •  The number of company/organisation representatives at the connectathon is restricted to 2 persons per system. Additional participants will be registered during the Connectathon and charged / invoiced 70 Euros per day per participant. On site registration will be charged EUR 100 per day. 
        • The technical manager has the right to assign additional domains free of charge to actors after the registration in order to enable correct testing of profiles and if this does not result in additional preparation for the participant in question.
      5. "If the performance of the Agreement by either Party or any obligation hereunder is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by reason of a Force Majeure, the Party whose performance is so affected, upon giving prompt notice in writing within fourteen (14) days after the occurrence of such Force Majeure to the other party and shall act to mitigate the damages caused by such Force Majeure, if possible. If a Force Majeure occurs, no Party shall be responsible for any damages, increased costs, or losses that the other Party may sustain by reason of such failure or delay in performance. The Party claiming Force Majeure shall be excused from such performance to the extent of such Force Majeure event, provided however, that the Party so affected shall take all reasonable steps to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall resume performance of its obligations hereunder with dispatch whenever such causes are removed.Should these events of circumstances continue for more than three (3) months, each Party may lawfully and by registered letter terminate the Agreement, without any compensation to the other Party being due. "
      6. Domains: an IHE Domain is a specific clinical or operational area of healthcare characterized by particular information technology needs and use cases. Each IHE Domain has its own committee structure and produces its own domain-specific Technical Framework. A participant applying to test Actors/Integration Profiles defined in the Technical Framework for a given IHE Domain will be considered to participate in that domain. The epSOS project as a specific domain produces its own specifications available on epSOS website: www.epsos.eu
      7. Participation fees are non-refundable four (4) weeks after the end of the registration(a recovery of 50% of due fee can be submitted before the end of this period). The period of retraction is one (1) week. Participation fees will be invoiced following the registration.
      8. Participation fees or purchase order are due by no later than January 31st 2011. An extra Late Payment Fee (12%) will be charged when payment has not been received on the IHE-Bank Account on February 5th 2011 or purchase order has not been provided.
      9. The IHE Review Committee, reserves the right to refuse participation to systems containing combinations of Actors it deems to be inappropriate or not reflective of practical systems architecture. The IHE Review Committee will make this determination in consultation with the Project Management Team. Participants may be asked to revise their applications to limit the number and type of IHE Actors included in a single system.

      Non disclosure Agreement

      The following text is the content of the NDA section of the contract signed by participants to the Pisa Connectathon

       

      The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise ("IHE") initiative has the goal of stimulating integration of information and imaging systems used in the delivery of healthcare. IHE develops guidelines and supports a testing process and other activities to encourage the implementation of standards to enable communication among such systems.

      1. In order to encourage the exchange of information among participants necessary to the testing process (including the Connectathon testing event to be held April 12-16, 2010) it is important that both the Sponsors and each Participant be protected against improper disclosure of technical or commercial information by any other Participant. Furthermore, the Connectathon process requires participants to resolve as expediently as possible and in a spirit of cooperation any software bugs and interoperability issues that arise during the testing process. The Participant thus agrees to keep confidential and forbear from using for any commercial purposes any information obtained from other participants in the course of the testing process. The Participant further agrees to respect all other Participants and their systems and equipment.The undersigned Participant shall not be obligated to keep information secret and in confidence if it can show that such information:
        • Appears in printed publications distributed by the Sponsors in the public domain; 
        • was public knowledge at the time of its receipt; 
        • became public knowledge after its receipt without breach of this agreement by the undersigned Participant; 
        • was rightfully disclosed to the Participant by a third party without an obligation of confidentiality;
        • is provably independently developed by the undersigned Participant's personnel without access to the confidential information; 
        • is required to be disclosed pursuant to a legal, judicial or administrative proceeding or by law; or 
        • is approved for release by the prior written authorization of all other organizations in question.
      2. The Sponsors agree to take reasonable steps to provide a work atmosphere conducive to a successful testing process, including discouraging the improper disclosure and use of information by Participants. In consideration of being permitted by the Sponsors to participate in the IHE testing process, the undersigned Participant agrees to hold the Sponsors harmless from any judgments, fines, amounts paid in settlement and reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees incurred by them in connection with the defense of any lawsuit or other claim which involves conduct of the undersigned Participant constituting a breach of the nondisclosure and nonuse obligations described in the preceding paragraphs. 
      3. Supporting information and documents developed by the Sponsors for use within the IHE testing process, including but not limited to specifications, test data and marketing materials are the copyrighted property of IHE and its Sponsors. In the spirit of collaboration and in keeping with copyright law, no Participant may lay claim to the information created for the IHE testing and demonstration process without written consent from the Sponsors. After software, technical information or documentation is formally released into the public domain by the Sponsors in order to further the purposes of the IHE initiative, the foregoing restrictions on disclosure or use will no longer apply to any software and/or technical information or documentation that is so released.
      4. For the purposes of sharing information with their membership and the public and promoting the IHE initiative, the Sponsors intend to acquire and reproduce representative images of systems being tested by Participants at the Connectathon. Any such images acquired may potentially be used in printed publications, Web pages and multimedia presentations promoting the IHE initiative. Such images will not be used by the Sponsors for any other purpose.
      5. The undersigned Participant, in consideration of being permitted by IHE Europe to participate in the IHE initiative, hereby grants IHE Europe the absolute and irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use, re-use, display, distribute, transmit, publish, re-publish, copy, or otherwise exploit, either in whole or in part, either digitally, in print, or in any other medium now or hereafter known, photograph taken of its personnel and equipment, or in which its personnel and equipment may be included; to alter the same without restriction; and to copyright the same. The undersigned understands and agrees that the Sponsors may or may not, as they choose, use the Participant's name in conjunction with the photographs taken.
      6. The Participant also hereby releases and discharges IHE Europe and their agents, representatives, and assignees from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs, including without limitation any and all claims for invasion of privacy, right of publicity, and improper disclosure of commercial information.
      7. Finally, the undersigned Participant acknowledges and agrees that certain software and related technical information and documentation which will eventually be released into the public domain by IHE in connection with the implementation of the IHE initiative (the "IHE Software") will be made available on an "as is" basis and that neither IHE Europe nor any other Participant will make the warranty about the IHE Software, its performance, its merchantability or fitness for any particular use, its freedom from any computer diseases, or its conformity to any specification and that all risk as to the quality and performance of the IHE Software will be with the users of the IHE Software.

      IHE Eye Care Connectathon 2017 Resources

        The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors the IHE Eye Care domain.

        IHE Eye Care Profiles for Connectathon testing

      We are offering these profiles for testing at the IHE Eye Care Connectathon, October 23-25, 2017:


      (1) Unified Eye Care Workflow (U-EYECARE)  The specification spans three documents, plus the underlying JOIA standard:

      -- Eye Care Technical Framework Volume 1, Rev 4.0, June 2016 - profile description, actor rqmts & use cases
      -- Eye Care Technical Framework Volume 2, Rev 4.0, June 2016 - detailed transaction specifications
      -- Refractive Measurements Trial Implementation Supplement, June, 14, 2016 - new in U-EYECARE in 2016; based upon JOIA 1.5 Release
      -- JOIA Std 1.5 - Common Specification for Output data of Ophthalmic Examination Equipment 

      (2) Eye Care Summary Record (EC-Summary)

      -- Eye Care Summary Trial Implementation Supplement - Aug 2017 version
      --  -- it is temporarily made available here; it is pending publication on ihe.net
      --  -- this version contains Word mark-up (for now) showing deltas from last year

      (3) General Eye Evaluation (GEE) 

      -- GEE Trial Implementation Supplement, Rev 2.2, December 2016

        

      Logistics
      Connectathon Dates & Location

      October 23-25, 2017 (detailed timeline below)

      RSNA Headquarters -- Oak Brook, Illinois, USA

      Your support staff

      Lynn Felhofer - Gazelle questions/support; pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing; technical & logistical support; profile questions

      Don van Syckle - demonstration planning; profile questions

      Flora Lum, M.D. - contracts, payment, AAO annual meeting, domain inquiries

      Eye Care Connectathon email list

      iheeyecareconnectathon is the google email group we use to communicate with Connectathon participants regarding preparation steps from August through October.

      To join the group, send an email to Lynn.  She will add you to the list serv.

      Fees

      The combined fee for the Connectathon and showcase is $15,000 per vendor.  Payment and contract is due to Flora on Nov 11.

      Hotel details

      The Marriott Residence Inn - Oak Brook is a 2-minute walk from the RSNA building.

      Book your hotel room at the Residence Inn - click HERE by Sept 22 for the group rate

      Equipment shipping

      Details are here

        

      Detailed Schedule - Eye Care Connectathon 2017

      July 27

      WHAT'S NEW?  To view an overview of the profiles in IHE Eye Care, we highly recommend that you watch a recording of the July 27 Eye Care webinar as part of IHE's annual webinar series.

      Aug 4 - 25 Connectathon system registration is open through August 25 here:  http://ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na/

      Aug 17

      Connectathon kick-off webinar -- required for all Connectathon participants: Eye Care domain profile overview, review of Connectathon preparation & connectathon week testing, introduction to the 'gazelle' test management and conformance test tools, Q & A.  

      -- Download and view the recording

      -
      - Watch on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/KypoKCfBFbQ

      -- Review the slides

      Aug-Sep  Registration contract distributed to Connectathon participants.  Send paper contract with payment to Flora; due Nov 11
      Sep  Required pre-connectathon tests published.  Find the tools you will need for your testing.  Helpful links in the Testing Resources section below.   Pre-connectathon test results are due Oct 13.
      Sep 22 If applicable, upload a DICOM and/or HL7 conformance statement for your product into gazelle.  Use menu Registration-->Manage systems, and upload it onto the 'System summary' tab for your test system.
      Sep 22 Deadline for participant registration (who will attend the connectathon); complete in Gazelle under menu: Registration-->Testing Session Participants.
      Sep 22 Deadline to reserve your hotel room in order to get the group rate at the Oak Brook Marriott (very short walk to the Connectathon).  Click HERE to make a reservation.
      Sep 29 Deadline for submitting sample DICOM objects, HL7 messages or CDA documents (representative of what systems will produce) into gazelle (and the AAO ftp site for DICOM files).

      Oct 9 - 11

      Participants input their system's configuration into gazelle, eg AE titles, port numbers, HL7 configurations...
      Oct 13
      Pre-Connectathon test results are due in gazelle. 
      Oct 13 IP addresses are assigned to host names.

      Connectathon week!

      Oct 23-25

      Mon - 8:30-10am - Prepare to test: connect to the network, set up system & finish configurations  

      Mon - 10am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Tues - 9am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Wed - 9am-noon - Wrap-up of last connectathont tests; transition to showcase demonstration practice.        

      Wed - 1pm-3pm - Finish demonstration preparation.

      Nov 11-14 Academy Meeting - Interoperability Showcase Demonstration - New Orleans, Louisiana
      Nov 11
      Contract and payment due.

        

      Testing Resources
      Gazelle

      Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.

      Note 1: If you are a returning participant, your old username/password still works!

      Note 2: Be sure to select the IHE Eye Care **2017** testing session.

      Who are my test partners?

      In gazelle, you can see what your fellow Connectathon participants -- your test partners -- have registered to test.  Choose gazelle menu Registration-->Registration overview.  You will see a table with all profiles/actors/options selected by each company/product.  At the bottom of the page, there is a link to "export as Excel file".  

      NOTE:  This information will not be complete until after registration closes on Aug 25.

      <link pending>  Details on pre-Connectathon test requirements, tools, and documentation for this year.
      Sample images & documents

      Participants' DICOM images, GEE, and EC-Summary samples are uploaded here: ftp://ftp.aao.org/IHE_Eye_Care_Connectathon_2017/Pre-Connectathon-Samples/ (contact Lynn for username/password)

      Eye Care code tables

      Modality, Order Placer, and Order Filler systems must pre-load their systems wtih order/procedure codes for the connectathon & demonstration.  (Same as those used since 2013.) If your modality needs a code added, please contact Lynn.

      (stored on ftp://ftp.aao.org/IHE_Eye_Care_Connectathon_2017/  -- contact Lynn for username/password)

      Connectathon network description

      This document describes the network environment during Connectathon week:  http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/EyeCare_Connectathon_Network_Information.pdf

      Connectathon test review

      This document contains a mapping between U-EYECARE actors, transaction & option and the Connectathon tests that exercise them.  

      After reviewing this, you should review the individual tests in gazelle.  You can find them on your main connectathon page in gazelle under menu "Connectathon". There is also help for the Training section below.

      10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in IHE Connectathons around the globe for many years.
      Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

        

      Training Resources & Webinars

      IHE Annual Webinar Series - Eye Care Domain Update

      WHAT'S NEW?  To view an overview of the profiles in IHE Eye Care, we highly recommend that you watch a recording of the July 27 Eye Care webinar as part of IHE's annual webinar series available here.

      Eye Care Connectathon Kick-off webinar

      Connectathon kick-off webinar -- Aug 17, 2017

      Eye Care domain profile review, review of Connectathon preparation & connectathon week testing, introduction to the 'gazelle' test management and conformance test tools, Q & A.  

      -- Download and view the recording

      -
      - Watch on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/KypoKCfBFbQ

      -- Review the slides

      Gazelle - How to complete registration.  There are several steps:
      1. User accounts: company & contact info: managing gazelle user accounts (logins) & company/organization details; entering contact information (**Same process as last year, if you participated in any Connectathons since 2012, your information is carried forward)
      2. System registration: entering system(s), profiles, actors, and options you want to test
      3. Participant registration: register staff who will attend

      How to videos:

      - Creating User Accounts, Organizations & Contacts (.mp4)

      - Completing System Registration (.mp4)

      Gazelle - How to enter and share your configuration parameters

      - entering DICOM & HL7v2 parameters for your test system

      - finding & exporting your test partners' configurations

       

      - .mp4 | help page

       

      Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

      How to use gazelle to read test instructions for IHE profiles you have registered to test 

      help page.mp4   

      Gazelle Order Manager

      Overview presentation - slides 

      How to use Order Manager to create Modality Worklist -  recording 

      HowToUseOrderManagerToCreateMWL-withScreenshots.pdf

        

      Useful IHE Resources
      IHE Technical Frameworks Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive).
      Connectathon Results Database IHE publishes the profile/actor pairs that each company successfully tests during connectathon week.  Connectathon results are not reported on individual products or product versions.  IHE maintains this database of results from past connectathons. 
      IHE Product Registry Developers of commercial and open source healthcare IT systems can publish IHE Integration Statements to indicate their systems' conformance with specifications in IHE Technical Frameworks. 

      IHE Eye Care Connectathon 2016 Resources

        The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors the IHE Eye Care domain.

      This page was applicable to the October 2016 IHE Eye Care Connectathon and is now out-of-date.

      For 2017 Connectathon details, please see: https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/ihe-eye-care-connectathon-2017-resources

        IHE Eye Care Profiles for Connectathon testing

      We are offering these profiles for testing at the October 2016 connectathon:


      (1) Unified Eye Care Workflow (U-EYECARE)  The specification spans three documents, plus the underlying JOIA standard:

      -- Eye Care Technical Framework Volume 1, Rev 4.0, June 2016 - profile description, actor rqmts & use cases
      -- Eye Care Technical Framework Volume 2, Rev 4.0, June 2016 - detailed transaction specifications
      -- Refractive Measurements Trial Implementation Supplement, June, 29, 2016 - new in U-EYECARE for 2016, as modified by a Change Proposal, based upon JOIA 1.5 Release
      -- JOIA Std 1.5 - Common Specification for Output data of Ophthalmic Examination Equipment 

      (2) Eye Care Summary Record (EC-Summary)

      -- EC-Summary Trial Implementation Supplement, July 2015

      (3) General Eye Evaluation (GEE) 

      -- GEE Trial Implementation Supplement, v8, includes CP, from Don on Aug 9

       

      CHANGE PROPOSALS:  Implementers from last year's connectathon should review Change Proposals (CPs that were approved and applied to the 2016 version of Eye Care domain profiles.  Please refer to this Spreadsheet of Eye Care CPs.  You will find a list of approved CPs and a link to each CP.

        

      Logistics
      Connectathon Dates & Location

      October 10-13, 2016 (detailed timeline below)

      RSNA Headquarters -- Oak Brook, Illinois, USA

      Your support staff

      Lynn Felhofer - pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing; technical & logistical support; profile questions

      Don van Syckle - demonstration planning; profile questions

      Flora Lum, M.D. - contracts, payment, AAO annual meeting, domain inquiries

      Eye Care Connectathon email list

      iheeyecareconnectathon is the google email group we use to communicate with Connectathon participants regarding preparation steps from August through October.

      To join the group, send an email to Lynn.  She will add you to the list serv.

      Hotel details

      The Marriott Residence Inn - Oak Brook is a 2-minute walk from the RSNA building.

      Book your hotel room at the Residence Inn - click here by Sept 23 for the group rate

      Equipment shipping


      EyeCare_Connectathon_2016_Shipping_Information.pdf -- read this if you need to ship equipment to the Connectathon

        

      Detailed Schedule - Eye Care Connectathon 2016

      July 13

      WHAT'S NEW?  To view an overview of what's new in IHE Eye Care, we highly recommend that you watch a recording of the July 13 Eye Care webinar as part of IHE's annual webinar series.

      Aug 1

      11am EDT

      Connectathon kick-off webinar -- required for all Connectathon participants: Eye Care domain profile review, review of Connectathon preparation & connectathon week testing, introduction to the 'gazelle' test management and conformance test tools, Q & A.  

      Links to: Recording (.wmv format) or Recording (.mp4 format) and Slides 

      Aug 1 - 19 Connectathon system registration is open.  Use gazelle.
      Aug  Registration contract distributed to Connectathon participants.  Send paper contract with payment to Flora; due Oct 15
      Sep  Required pre-connectathon tests published.  Find the tools you will need for your testing.  Helpful links in the Testing Resources section below.   Pre-connectathon test results are due Sep 30.
      Sep 9 If applicable, upload a DICOM and/or HL7 conformance statement for your product into gazelle.  Use menu Registration-->Manage systems, and upload it onto the 'System summary' tab for your test system.
      Sep 23 Deadline to reserve your hotel room in order to get the group rate.  Click here to make a reservation.
      Sep 23 Deadline for participant registration (who will attend the connectathon); complete in gazelle Registration-->Testing Session Participants.
      Sep 23 Deadline for submitting sample DICOM objects, HL7 messages or CDA documents (representative of what systems will produce) into gazelle (and the AAO ftp site for DICOM files).

      Sep 19-23

      Participants input their system's configuration into gazelle, eg AE titles, port numbers, HL7 configurations...
      Sep 27
      IP addresses are assigned to host names. 
      Sep 30 Pre-Connectathon test results are due in gazelle.

      Connectathon week!

      Oct 10-13

      Mon - 8:30-10am - Prepare to test: connect to the network, set up system & finish configurations  

      Mon - 10am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Tues - 9am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Wed - 9am-noon - Connectathon testing         

      Wed - 1pm-5pm - Demonstration testing starts; wrap-up of last connectathont tests

      Thu - 9am-noon - Demo testing continues. All participants must stay until the connectathon closes at noon.

      Oct 15-18 Academy Meeting - Interoperability Showcase Demonstration, McCormick Center, Chicago
      Oct 15
      Contract and payment due.

        

      Testing Resources
      Gazelle

      Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.

      Note 1: If you are a returning participant, your old username/password still works!

      Note 2: Be sure to select the IHE Eye Care **2016** testing session.

      Who are my test partners?

      In gazelle, you can see what your fellow Connectathon participants -- your test partners -- have registered to test.  Choose gazelle menu Registration-->Registration overview.  You will see a table with all profiles/actors/options selected by each company/product.  At the bottom of the page, there is a link to "export as Excel file".

      Lynn also created this PDF which overlays test partners onto the actor/transaction diagrams:  Connectathon_Registration_Visual-20161006.pdf

      Pre-Connectathon tests & tools for Eye Care Details on pre-Connectathon test requirements, tools, and documentation for this year.
      Sample images & documents

      Participants' DICOM images, GEE, and EC-Summary samples are uploaded here: ftp://ftp.aao.org/IHE_Eye_Care_Connectathon_2016/Pre-Connectathon-Samples/

      (username/password is ihe/ihe)

      Eye Care code tables

      Modality, Order Placer, and Order Filler systems must pre-load their systems wtih order/procedure codes for the connectathon & demonstration.  (Same as those used since 2013.) If your modality needs a code added, please contact Lynn.

      (stored on ftp://ftp.aao.org/IHE_Eye_Care_Connectathon_2016/  username/password is ihe/ihe)

      Connectathon network description

      EyeCare_Connectathon_2016_Network_Information.pdf -- This document describes the network environment during Connectathon week.

      Connectathon test review

      This document contains a mapping between U-EYECARE actors, transaction & option and the Connectathon tests that exercise them.  

      After reviewing this, you should review the individual tests in gazelle.  You can find them on your main connectathon page in gazelle under menu "Connectathon". There is also help for the Training section below.

      10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in IHE Connectathons around the globe for many years.
      Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

        

      Training Resources & Webinars
      Eye Care Connectathon Kick-off webinar

      Connectathon kick-off webinar -- Aug 1

      Eye Care domain profile review, review of Connectathon preparation & connectathon week testing, introduction to the 'gazelle' test management and conformance test tools, Q & A.  

      Links to: Recording (.wmv format) or Recording (.mp4 format) and Slides 

      Gazelle - How to complete registration.  There are several steps:
      1. User accounts: company & contact info: managing gazelle user accounts (logins) & company/organization details; entering contact information (**Same process as last year, if you participated in Connectathons from 2012-15, your information is carried forward)
      2. System registration: entering system(s), profiles, actors, and options you want to test
      3. Participant registration: register staff who will attend
      help pages

      Gazelle - How to enter and share your configuration parameters

      - entering DICOM & HL7v2 parameters for your test system

      - finding & exporting your test partners' configurations

       

      - recording | .mp4

      - .mp4 | help page

       

      Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

      How to use gazelle to read test instructions for IHE profiles you have registered to test 

      help page.mp4   

      Gazelle Order Manager

      Overview presentation - .ppt (May 2012)

      How to use Order Manager to create Modality Worklist  .mp4 (Jan 2013)

      HowToUseOrderManagerToCreateMWL-withScreenshots.pdf

      Art Decor


      Content Creators can validate GEE & EC-Summary documents using schematron generated by the Art Decor tool.  See instructions in pre-Connectathon test EVS_CDA_Validation.

        

      Useful IHE Resources
      IHE Technical Frameworks Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive).
      Connectathon Results Database IHE publishes the profile/actor pairs that each company successfully tests during connectathon week.  Connectathon results are not reported on individual products or product versions.  IHE maintains this database of results from past connectathons. 
      IHE Product Registry Developers of commercial and open source healthcare IT systems can publish IHE Integration Statements to indicate their systems' conformance with specifications in IHE Technical Frameworks. 

      IHE Eye Care Connectathon 2014 Resources

        The American Academy of Ophthalmology sponsors the IHE Eye Care domain.

      New & updated EYECARE Profiles in 2014!

      C-EYECARE profile

      The new Core Eye Care Workflow profile was finished by the Technical Committee on Aug 19 and is now published on IHE's website.  We are offering this profile for testing at the October 2014 connectathon!

      GEE profile

      The General Eye Evaluation profiles is updated in 2014 to Consolidated CDA.  It was released by the Technical Committee on Sep 5 and is now published on IHE's website. We are offering this profile for testing at the October 2014 connectathon!

        

      Logistics
      Connectathon Dates & Location

      October 13-16, 2014 (detailed timeline below)

      RSNA Headquarters -- Oak Brook, Illinois, USA

      Your support staff

      Lynn Felhofer - pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing; technical & logistical support; profile questions

      Don van Syckle - demonstration planning; profile questions

      Flora Lum, M.D. - contracts, payment, AAO annual meeting, domain inquiries

      Eye Care Connectathon email list

      iheeyecareconnectathon google group

      To join the group, send an email to iheeyecareconnectathon+subscribe@googlegroups.com

      Connectathon contract Sample contract for your review
      Hotel details

      The Marriott Residence Inn - Oak Brook is a 2-minute walk from the RSNA building.

      Click here to make a reservation in the Connectathon room block.

      Equipment shipping

      Here are instructions for those shipping equipement to the RSNA headquarters.

      For the AAO Showcase, are asked to ship equipment to their own booth and move it over to the showcase area after 3:30pm on Friday.

        

      Detailed Schedule - Eye Care 2014 Connectathon

      Aug 7

      Connectathon kick-off webinar -- required for all Connectathon participants- review Connectathon preparation & connectathon week testing- introduction to the 'gazelle' test management and conformance test tools- Q & A.   Recording and slides are here.
      Aug 7-28 Connectathon system registration is open.  Use gazelle.
      Aug 7 Registration contract distributed to Connectathon participants.  Send paper contract with payment to Flora; due Nov 21.
      Sep 3 Required pre-connectathon tests published.  Find the tools you will need for your testing.  Helpful links in the Testing Resources section below.   Pre-connectathon test results are due Oct 3.
      Sep 10 Target for accessing pre-Connectathon test tools.
      Sep 19 Deadline for participant registration (who will attend the connectathon); complete in gazelle Registration-->Participant Registration.
      Sep 19 Deadline for submitting sample DICOM objects or CDA documents (representative of what systems will product) into gazelle and the AAO ftp site.
      Sep 22 Demonstration scenarios published. Code tables published.

      Sep 29-Oct 3

      Participants input their system's configuration into gazelle, eg AE titles, port numbers, HL7 configurations
      Oct 3
      Connectathon network configuration published.  IP addresses are assigned to host names. 
      Oct 3 All pre-Connectathon test results are due in gazelle.
      Oct 7 Connectathon manager's review of pre-Connectathon test results is complete.  Any participants considered at risk will be contacted.

      Connectathon week!

      Oct 13-16

      Mon - 8:30-10am - Prepare to test: connect to the network, set up system & finish configurations  

      Mon - 10am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Tues - 9am-5pm - Connectathon testing

      Wed - 9am-noon - Connectathon testing         

      Wed - 1pm-5pm - Demonstration testing starts; wrap-up of last connectathont tests

      Thu - 9am-2pm - Demo testing continues. All participants must stay until the connectathon closes at 2pm.

      Oct 18-21 Academy Meeting - Showcase Interoperability Demonstration, Chicago
      Nov 21 Contract and payment due.

        

      Testing Resources
      Gazelle

      Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Connectathon & Connectathon testing.

      Note 1: If you are a returning participant, your old username/password still works!

      Note 2: Be sure to select the IHE Eye Care **2014** testing session.

      Profiles offered for testing:

      These profiles will be tested at the October connectathon:
      -- Advanced Eye Care Workflow (A-EYECARE)
      -- Basic Eye Care Workflow (B-EYECARE)
      -- Core Eye Care Workflow (C-EYECARE) *** New!***
      -- General Eye Evaluation (GEE) *** Updated to C-CDA ***

      These profiles did ot have enough partners to enable testing:
      -- Eye Care Appointment Scheduling (ECAS)
      -- Charge Posting (CHG)
      -- Eye Care Evidence Documents (ECED)
      -- Eye Care Displayable Reports (ECDR)

      Your test partners This powerpoint is based on the profile/actor registration in gazelle.  It shows your test partners overlaid onto the actor/transaction diagram for each profile to be tested.
      Thorough/Supportive testing explained This page describes the difference between Thorough and Supportive connectathon testing 
      Pre-Connectathon tests & tools for Eye Care Details on pre-Connectathon test requirements, tools, and documentation
      Index to all IHE test tools Pointers to all domains' tools and their documentation
      Sample images & documents DICOM images and GEE document samples are uploaded here: ftp://ftp.aao.org/IHE_Eye_Care_Connectathon_2014/Pre-Connectathon-Samples/
      Eye Care code tables Modality, Order Placer, and Order Filler systems must pre-load their systems wtih order/procedure codes for the connectathon & demonstration.  (Sames as those used in 2013.) If your modality needs a code added, please contact Lynn.
      Connectathon Network Description This document describes the network environment during Connectathon week.
      Connectathon test review Your connectathon preparation should include reviewing tests you will have to run during Connectathon week.  Here's how.
      10 Connectathon tips from the pros This page shares tips from vendors that have participated in the Connectathon for many years.
      Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

        

      Training Resources & Webinars
      Eye Care Connectathon Kick-off webinar

      Aug 7

      slides | recording (on AAO website; use ihe/ihe for username/passwd) 

      Gazelle - How to complete registration.  There are several steps:
      1. User accounts: company * contact info: managing gazelle user accounts (logins) & company/organization details; entering contact information (**Same process as last year, if you participated in EU or NA connectathons from 2012-14, your information is carried forward; you can skip this recording**)
      2. System registration: entering system(s), profiles, actors, and options you want to test
      3. Participant registration: register staff who will attend (Note: NA Connectathons do not use gazelle for staff badge registration)
      (Be sure to complete your registration by sending your contract & fees to Flora by Nov 21.)
      1. .mp4 | slides


      2. .mp4 | slides

      3. help page

      Gazelle - How to enter and share your configuration parameters

      - entering DICOM & HL7v2 parameters for your test system

      - finding & exporting your test partners' configurations

      help page 

      - recording | .mp4

      - .mp4 

      Gazelle proxy

      recording (October 2013)

      Notes on proxy use 

      also, this proxy help page

        

      Useful IHE Resources
      IHE Technical Frameworks Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive).
      Connectathon Results Database IHE publishes the profile/actor pairs that each company successfully tests during connectathon week.  Connectathon results are not reported on individual products or product versions.  IHE maintains this database of results from past connectathons. 
      IHE Product Registry Developers of commercial and open source healthcare IT systems can publish IHE Integration Statements to indicate their systems' conformance with specifications in IHE Technical Frameworks. 

      EXPANDathon - Lisbon, December 2015

      Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from EXPAND available at the following URL: http://www.expandproject.eu/expand-final-event-lisbon-ehealth-week/

      This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed EXPANDathon event! 

      Registration is already opened in gazelle to November, 15th 2015. Registration link : http://gazelle.ihe.net/EU-CAT/home.seam

      Thank you to join the google group Thank you to join the group expandathon-2015 for more details.

       

       

       

      Technical Resources

      Registration, tools, network, digital certs, all stuff technical...

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      Schedule, deadlines, training ...

       Weekly reminders

      What should I be working on this week? Stay on-track with your preparation!

       Monitor Resources

      Logistics, training, and resources for our wonderful volunteers!

       Training Resources

      Tutorials, webinars, and how-to documentation.

      Tools overview

      Tools used during EXPANDathon testing session (and pre testing)

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      EXPANDathon 2015 Monitor Resources

      Gazelle:

      Training Material :

      Audience
      Topic
      Date-Time / Duration
      All monitors

      Monitor - process overview
      - Monitor responsibilities
      - Connectathon process for monitors
      - Q&A

      Gazelle walk-through
      - How monitors use gazelle during connectathon week to verify tests. slides

      Monitor training Exercises:  Gazelle hands-on exercises

       

       

       

      0:55

      New monitors

      Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

      This covers terminology used in IHE Technical Frameworks explains the structure of IHE documentation, and describes IHE's publication cycle. If you've never read IHE documentation before, you will find this background information helpful.

      (Streaming link) (.mp4)

      0:40
      New monitors

      Terminology:
      Definitions needed to understand using Gazelle during a connectathon (known to most returning participants; highly recommended for new participants & monitors)

      (Streaming link) (.mp4)

       

      0:11
      All monitors

      Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

      How to use gazelle to read test definitions for IHE profiles you're assigned to. (.mp4)

      0:08
      Security monitors

      -- ATNA testing overview (.mp4 | slides)

      -- ATNA, BPPC, XUA, DEN, DSG tests (slides)

      0:20 

       

       

       

       

       

      EXPANDathon 2015 Network Info

      EXPANDathon 2015 Schedule & Logistics

        Pointers to scheduling details are gathered here. If you have questions or need help, please contact the IHE Europe staff at project-manager@ihe-europe.net 

      LINK: SUMMARY:
      EXPANDathon location & dates

      Official information (about Hotel, Transportation, Location) from EXPAND available at the following URL: http://www.expandproject.eu/expand-final-event-lisbon-ehealth-week/

      Important dates :

      Event Begining End Training Session
      Registration 01/11/2015 15/11/2015 02/11/2015
      Pre-Test 16/11/2015 04/12/2015 16/11/2015
      EXPANDathon 09/12/2015 11/12/2015 04/12/2015

       

      The training session are :

      •  Registration training : the 02/11/2015 at 03 pm : https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/j.php?MTID=m09ccf5042f24b80e42e76648834ff707
      • Pre-Test training : the 16/11/2015
      • EXPANDathon preparation training : the 04/12/2015
      First training infos JOIN WEBEX MEETING
      https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/j.php?MTID=m09ccf5042f24b80e42e76648834ff707
      Meeting number: 707 044 085
      Meeting password: EXPANDathon2015


      JOIN BY PHONE
      0800-051-3810 Call-in toll-free number (UK)
      +44-203-478-5289 Call-in toll number (UK)
      Access code: 707 044 085

      Global call-in numbers:
      https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=423772822&tollFree=1
      First Training materials

      Registration presentation :  http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/EXPANDathon-Registration.pdf

      Documentation : http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/KER1-BAS-EXPAND-EXPAND-1_00.pdf

      Link to recorded presentation :

      • for streaming : https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/ldr.php?RCID=383e6f95cbfbde98e0e43dd0a243c67f
      • for download : https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/lsr.php?RCID=9f7ed5008ef0d80e12ebd8c96d165bf8
      Second training info

      16/11/2015 - 3 pm - pre-EXPANDathon testing

      JOIN WEBEX MEETING
      https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/j.php?MTID=m1cd56ed065452ff6490871456ede6294
      Meeting number: 709 813 582
      Meeting password: EXPANDathon2015


      JOIN BY PHONE
      0800-051-3810 Call-in toll-free number (UK)
      +44-203-478-5289 Call-in toll number (UK)
      Access code: 709 813 582

      Second Training materials

      Slides presentation : http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/pre-EXPANDathon-1116-updated.pdf

      documentation related to pre-EXPANDathon testing : http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/KER4-BAS-IHE-PRE_EXPAND-0_01.pdf

      Links to the record of the training session : http://gazelle.ihe.net/epSOS/pre-EXPANDathon.ogv

      Third training info

      Date : December4 th at 3 pm
      Link to webex : https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/j.php?MTID=me01cf12006ff56ea38b4d84208e36bb6
      Meeting number: 704 021 657
      Meeting password: EXPANDathon2015
      Subject : EXPANDathon testing session preparation

      Third training materials

      Slides presentation : http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/EXPANDathon-preparation.pdf

      documentation related to pre-EXPANDathon testing : http://gazelle.ihe.net/files/KER4-BAS-IHE-EXPAND-GAZELLE-USERGUIDE-0_01.pdf

      Links to the record of the training session : https://kereval.webex.com/kereval-en/ldr.php?RCID=3fb03829d91d7c543d6963a4543081ba

      Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

      EXPANDathon 2015 Technical Resources

      Getting ready for participation in the EXPANDathon involves more than buying a plane ticket to Lisbon. During the second half of November, participants complete a set of required pre-connectathon tests. Begining of December, participants pre-load test data, finish some last-minute pre-connectathon tests, and familiarize themselves with the tests they will be required to run at the EXPANDathon. The links below contain details for your EXPANDathon preparation activities.

      LINK: SUMMARY:
      Email for contact
      If you need help or question, you can contact the testing session manager of the EXPANDathon session, or the technical manager of IHE-Europe.
      Gazelle Gazelle is IHE's online tool for managing registration, pre-Testing & EXPANDathon testing.
      Detailed EXPANDathon timeline

      Please see the detailed calandar

      Weekly reminders What should I be working on this week?  Stay on-track with your preparation!
      Profiles to be tested Review the list of profiles to be tested. Please note those that are 'dropped' or which have low registration.
      EXPAND Specifications

      Ensure that you are working off the latest documentation (not an out-of-date version on your hard drive). Final EXPAND specifications are : 

      D3 A 3_epSOS_EED_Design-v1.1.docx
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_Algorithms-and-Key-Length_v1.0-2.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_AuditTrail-v1.2.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_BPPC-v1.1.doc
      D3.A.7_epSOS_EED_Design_III_v1.0.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_IHE_XCA_Binding-v1.0.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_IHE_XCPD_Binding-v1.0.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_IHE_XDR_Binding-v1.1.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_Messaging_Binding-v1.0.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_SAML_Binding-v1.1.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED_TSL_Binding-v1 0.doc
      D3 A 7_epSOS_EED-X.509-Profiles_v1.0.doc
      D3.C.1 - Proof of Concept Testing Strategy v1.5.docx
      D3.C.2 - epSOS Phase 2 Test Infrastructure with All Tools_v3.docx
      WP34_D342_V2.2.doc
      WP3.7_D3.7.2_SECTION_I_Security_Policy_V07.doc
      WP3.7_D3.7.2_SECTION_I_Security_Policy_V08-draft-02.doc
      WP3A_epSOS_EED_CM_CDAIG_04.doc
      WP3A_epSOS_EED_HCER_CDAIG_04.doc
      WP3A_epSOS_EED_MRO_CDAIG_04.doc
      WP3A_epSOS_EED_PSePeD_CM_CDAIG_1_1.docx
      Tool resources  
      ATNA testing & digital certificates Pre-connectathon & connectathon testing requirements for the ATNA profile.  How to get your digital certificate. It is recommended that the NCP provide their own digital certificates !
      Training resources

      Pointers to training & documentation about tools, gazelle & connectathon processes.

      In addition to these materials, three training session are prepared :

      - one for registration

      - one for pre-CAT testing preparation

      - one for EXPANDathon preparation

      Network & configuration details  Configurations for your test systems, OID assignments, IP addresses, Connectathon network description
      Connectathon logistics IHE Europe staff manages contracts, fees, badges, hotel & shipping, and provides help for all non-technical details regarding the connectathon.
      Connecthon FAQ Answers to questions many first-time participants ask.

         Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

      EXPANDathon 2015 Tools overview

       

      Training material on various tools is here: http://gazelle.ihe.net/training#ToolTraining

      Tool Used for Location / Config info

      Gazelle Tests Management

      Manage the testing session

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EU-CAT/

      epSOS Documentation

      Documentation of tools

      Documentation of Pre-CAT tests

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/epSOS-doc/

      ATNA - TLS Tools

      Generation of certifications

      Validation of certifications

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/tls-na/home.seam

      CDA validation

      PS, eP, eD, MRO, HCER validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/

      XDS Validation

      XDS metadata validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/

      Gazelle EVS Client

      Home page

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/home.seam

      CDA validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/cda/validator.seam?extension=epSOS

      SAML Validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/saml/validator.seam?extension=epSOS
      XCPD Validation http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/hl7v3/validator.seam?extension=epSOS

      PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/pdf/validator.seam?extension=IHE

      XDS Validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/xds/validator.seam?extension=epSOS

      Certificate Validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/tls/validator.seam?extension=epSOS&cid=74334

      AuditMessages Validation

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/atna/validator.seam?extension=epSOS

      Gazelle XDStarClient

      Pre-CAT testing to simulate XDR initators, XCA initiators, and XCPD initiators

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/XDStarClient/home.seam

      XDS Tools

       Pre-CAT testing, to simulate XDR responder and XCA responder

       http://gazelle.ihe.net/xdstools2/

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/LogReader/

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/epSOS-doc/

      XCPD responder

      Pre-CAT testing to simulate XCPD responder

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/XCPDRESPSimulator/home.seam

      http://gazelle.ihe.net/epSOS-doc/?page_id=37

      EXPANDathon 2015 Weekly Reminders

      What should I be working on this week??

      AfterEXPANDathon  registration closes in November 15, until we're all together in December 9th, the IHE-Europe support staff will here to guide your technical and logistical preparation. For easy reference, we gather a summary of weekly reminders on this page.

       

      Week of Nov 01:

      - Attend the Nov 02 webinar "EXPANDathon Registration Steps" to learn about registration of systems and participant.

      - register your system for EXPANDathon testing session

      Week of Nov 08:

      - register your system for EXPANDathon testing session

      Week of Nov 15:

      - Attend the Nov 16 webinar "EXPANDathon Pre-Testing", to learn about test tools, pre-Connectathon tests & other technical preparation resources.

      - Execute Pre-CAT tests

      Week of Noc 22: - Execute Pre-CAT tests
      Week of Nov 29:

      - Execute Pre-CAT tests

      - Attend the Dec 04 webinar "EXPANDathon Preparation", to learn about tests execution, tools used during the EXPANDathon testing session, samples management, etc.

      Week of Dec 04:

      - Review your Network configuration (OIDs, ports, configurations)

      - Participation in the EXPANDathon testing session from 09/12 to 11/12