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 (2018). This will show up for you and your partners as you are running tests.

-- PDF version of seating assignments
-- Connectathon floor plan

Network Info

Wireless / General

    • SSID:  NA2019
    • Password:  cleveland19

Wireless / PCD Testers

  • SSID:  PCD
  • Password:  cleveland19

Gazelle Test Management

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

Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: https://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 Samantha Neiheisel at table M25.
      • 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 - (Separate table, just inside the balllroom)

Tool help - see section below

Steve Moore - (P28)

      • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • If I do not know, I will find someone who does.
      • 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 - (P27)

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

Cédric Eoche-Deval - (N27)

      • Gazelle support. This is Level 3 support.

 Paul Sherman - (E27)

      • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

Assigned partners and assigned patients

For Document Sharing (XD*, XC*, MHD) profiles and ATNA, Connectathon Managers make some assignments to help manage testing.  First-time participants can read an overview of multiple affinity domains at Connectathons here. This section only applies to test systems in those profiles.

See Lynn Felhofer (P27) 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

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

Cédric (N27)

Gazelle Security Suite

- Home of ATNA Questionnaires

- TLS client / server simulators

- ATNA Audit message validator

- Syslog collector (ARR simulator)

Note:  Participants should NOT use Syslog Collector as a general-purpose ARR duing connectathon week.  An individual test might instruct you to send a message to it.

https://gazelle.ihe.net/gss

Cédric (N27)

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:8080/dcm4chee-arc/ui2

login/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

QIDO-RS: http://central-archive.ihe-us-test.net:8080/dcm4chee-arc/aets/CENTRAL/rs

WADO-RS: http://central-archive.ihe-us-test.net:8080/dcm4chee-arc/aets/CENTRAL/rs

Steve (P28)

Orthanc PACS

A second PACS so you can experiment with RESTful services

GUI front-end: http://ihe-orthanc:8042

login/password: orthanc/orthanc

IP addr / port: ihe-orthanc.ihe-us-test.net /  4242

IP addr / port: 10.242.128.43 /  11112

AET: IHE_ORTHANC

QIDO-RS: http://ihe-orthanc:8042/dicom-web

WADO-RS: http://ihe-orthanc:8080/dicom-web

Steve (P28)

Gazelle EVS Client

Home page

https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient

Cédric

(P26)

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

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

C

HL7v2 validator

HL7v3 validator

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

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

Cédric

(P26) 

PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

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

Cédric

(P26)

XDW validator

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

Cédric

(P26)

Gazelle proxy

message capture/validation (non-TLS)

https://ihe.wustl.edu/proxy

Proxy is accessible at 10.242.128.41

Youn

(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

 Youn

(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

 Youn

(P25) 

FHIR Read-Write Server

- Resource validation
- Participants can store resources here

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

http://fhir-write.ihe-us-test.net:8080/hapi-fhir-rw/baseDstu3 (server base)

Steve (P28)

NIST HL7 v2.x

For HL7 v2.x PIX/PDQ

For QRPH VRDR HL7 messages

 

 

PCD Tools

PCD Message Validation

http://pcdtool:8080/pcdtool

TBD

SAML STS

SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

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

Cédric

(P26)

XDS Tools 

 XD* profile testing

 - Endpoints for the XDS Public Registry - Red, Green, and Blue - are on: http://xds1.ihe-us-test.net:8080

- XDS toolkit: TBD

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

Sunil

(M27)

XDS Toolkit 2019

XD* test support
XCA test support
MHD test support

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

Sunil

(M27)

XDS-I Tools 2019

For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations.

Uses the NIST XDS Toolkit directly

http://xds-imaging-tools:8080/toolkit

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
Crucible       Steve (P28)

 

NA Connectathon DNS

Background

  1. We use a fake domain name (ihe-us-test.net) for Connectathons in North America. Particpant systems are assigned more or more host names (e.g., acme2) and the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for that host would be acme2.ihe-us-test.net
  2. The Gazelle Test Management System ("Gazelle") is hosted at https:ihe.wustl.edu/gazelle-na
  3. Some other tools such as the Gazelle Security Suite are hosted at gazelle.ihe.net.
  4. The server gazelle.ihe.net also hosts other content such as documentation.
  5. Prior to the connectathon, these two systems live outside of the Connectathon test room and have public IP addresses:
    1. ihe.wustl.edu
    2. gazelle.ihe.net
  6. During the event:
    1. The full server ihe.wustl.edu lives in Cleveland on the private network used for testing.
    2. The tooling part of gazelle.ihe.net is brought to Cleveland and lives on the private network.
    3. Other content (documentation) remains on the original gazelle.ihe.net
  7. The Gazelle Test Management software records URL's that link to items inside the ihe.wustl.edu system or inside the gazelle.ihe.net system. The software works best if you use the fully qualified domain name in the URL rather than trying to use an IP address or just "gazelle"
  8. In previous years, we have seen evidence that DNS "stuff" from offsite locations such as your hotel might be cached in your system and interfere with your work in the testing area. We have advice below on how to manage that.

What Does This Mean for You?

Manual Network Configuration (i.e., Fixed IP Address)

  1. Make sure you set the Search Domain to: ihe-us-test.net.
    1. That means if someone tells you their hostname is acme2 and you try to connect to acme2, your underlying system software should try a DNS lookup on acme2.ihe-us-test.net and things should just work.
  2. For DNS servers, use only the server we supply: 10.242.128.35.
    1. If you use a different DNS server, you will not be able to resolve IP addresses for your partner systems.
    2. You will also get redirected to the public IP address of some of the resources listed above, and that will cause a (large) mess.

What Else Should You Do?

  1. After you connect to the Connectathon network, run the following (or equivalent) commands from a console window to determine the IP address of two systems. You should get the answer listed. If you do not get the answers listed, your DNS has a problem and needs to be fixed. You can see Steve Moore if you need help
    1. nslookup ihe.wustl.edu (Answer: 10.242.128.41)
    2. nslookup gazelle.ihe.net (Answer: 10.242.128.42)
  2. When you return to your hotel room and decide you need to do more work, you can still connect to ihe.wustl.edu and/or gazelle.ihe.net. Your hotel DNS should give you the public IP address of those systems at home, and you will be redirected to the Convention Center.
    1. When you are in the Convention Center and you use the public IP address for either of those resources, your connection goes out the firewal to the server at home and then gets redirected back through the firewall. The round trip traffic just puts more load on the network for no benefit.
  3. Repeat the first step above (nslookup) every morning when you connect to the Connectathon network. It might have worked on Monday but not on Tuesday.
  4. Resist the temptation to enter a fixed IP address when you browse to Gazelle Test Management (ihe.wustl.edu) or to the other tools at gazelle.ihe.net.

What If?

  • You might have a link to documentation that starts with https://gazelle.ihe.net. That should still work inside the Convention Center through redirects. If you have problems getting to such documentation, use this prefix: https://gazelle.ihe-europe.net. That URL points to the IHE Europe server back in Rennes and should not have any redirect issues.
    • Do not use this link for anything other than documentation.
    • Do not use this link for any tools

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
  • 11:30 - Monitor welcome meeting in Room 26A
  • 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 (P28), Cédric (N28), or Lynn (P27) about any Gazelle problems, password resets, etc

  >>Seating chart:

-- Seating assignments - Note that vendor able 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 -- at a labelled table near the entry doors to the Connectathon room.
  • Connectathon Network Description for testing participants
  • Wireless network for monitors:
    • SSID: Monitors
    • Password: cleveland 19 

  >>Test tools 

(1) For TOOLS CONNECTATION LOCATION & CONFIGURATION:  See https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/na-connectathon-2019-week-resources#Tool   Note: The link sends you to the Participants' page so that we all have consistent configuration information.  Most monitors will want to bookmark that link.

(2) For a SUMMARY OF CONNECTATHON TOOLS, THEIR USE & AVAILABLE TRAINING:  See Training Section below.

 

Contact Us:

  >>Ask questions. Get help on-site:

  • Logistics (expenses, travel...):  Sarah Bell at the Registration Desk or Help Desk
  • Network problems:  Network support staff (at a labelled table near the entry doors to the Connectathon room) 
  • Gazelle help:  Lynn Felhofer (P27)
  • Questions on Patient Care Devices PCD tests:  Paul Sherman (E27)
  • Questions on CDA, RFD tests:  Steve Moore (P28)
  • Questions on all other tests:  Lynn Felhofer (P27)
  • Tool help:  ...varies by tool.  See links in the section above.

    >> Email Support

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 no requirement for you to do advance prep.

That said, this section contains links to available training material that falls into 4 categories.  

  • 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.
  • Connectathon tools overview & training material -- outline of tools, how they're used, and available training

 

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

Streaming Recording  | Download recording (.mp4)

Slides

64 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

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
Cluster-specific trainings:


Please refer to the Monitor Assignments

Then, find the Cluster-Profiles tab.   

For each cluster of profiles, you will find links to available Preparation Material, including recordings and slide presentations.

multiple presentations; duration varies

 

>> The following table summarizes tools deployed during Connectathon, how they're used, and available training material: 

TOOLS DEPLOYED AT CONNECTATHON 
Gazelle Proxy
Provider Organization IHE Europe Development
Summary “man in the middle”… captures messages exchanged between two test systems and enables message validation. (not applicable to TLS message exchange)
Use in Many...applicable to messaging in all IHE profiles that do not require TLS communication.  When participants link proxy message in test instances, monitors can use the link to examine message content and (for some messages) call validators in EVSClient.
Training
PCD Tools  
Provider Organization NIST
Summary Validates one to one messages passing patient and device information. New functionality validates some detailed ACM profile content.
Used in  PCD cluster:  monitors verify messages exchanged in peer-to-peer tests
Training provided on-site
Gazelle Security Suite (GSS)
Provider Organization IHE Europe Development
Summary Source of digital certificates for ATNA/TLS. Simulates an Audit Record Repository. Validates audit records. TLS Simulators (client & server), including for new ATNA options. Home of the ‘ATNA Questionnaire’ for systems testing ATNA. SAML assertion provider for XUA.
Used in  SEC cluster:  monitors verify ATNA questionnaires, validate audit records, and check TLS connections.
Training
XDS Toolkit
Provider Organization NIST, + Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (for XDS-I & XCA-I)
Summary Validates messages and simulates actors in document sharing profiles, XDS, XDS-I, XCA and related profiles. New functionality supporting MHD profile.
Used in clusters XC*, XDS, XDS-I, Mobile clusters.  Specific tests instruct monitors to use Toolkit to verify messages, or as a Doc Consumer simulator to perform queries against participants' tests systems.
Training provided on-site
Gazelle EVSClient
Provider Organization IHE Europe Development, with embedded validators provided by many organizations
Summary Validators for HL7v2, v3 messages, CDA documents, & FHIR Resources. Multiple DICOM validators. Other validators: XDW, PDF/A, DSUB, HPD… When you validate a message from within the Gazelle Proxy or Gazelle Samples area, it calls validators within the EVSClient.
Used in  CDA:  monitors validate CDA documents and RAD/CARD monitors validate DICOM objects (via the Gazelle Samples page).  Plus other validators are used (see Summary above).
Training User Manual
Gazelle Patient Manager
Provider Organization IHE Europe Development
Summary Simulator for actors in Patient ID mgmt profiles: PIX*, PDQ*, PAM. Source of "Connectathon test patients".
Use  Simulators are used by participants during pre-Connectathon testing; sometimes during Connectathon.  Source of test patients during Connectathon.   
Connectathon tests *do not* call for monitors to use Patient Manager.  
Training User Manual
PIX/PDQ and Vital Records Test Tools
Provider Organization NIST
Summary Validators for PIXv2, PIXv2, PDQv2 and PDQv3 messages. Validation for Vital Records Death Reporting.
Used in clusters Monitors may use the tools for message validation in the PatID cluster and for VRDR.
Training
HAPI Servers
Provider Organization HAPI servers deployed at Connectathon by Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology Summary: Validation of FHIR Resources. Vendors participants will store some Resources here. Hosts test data for some FHIR-based IHE profiles.
Summary

Participants will store some Resources here.  Hosts test data for some FHIR-based IHE profiles.

Used in clusters Mobile:  monitors validate FHIR resources.
Training
DICOM Central Archive (dcm4chee)
Provider Organization dcm4che.org
Summary Used as a commonly-accessible repository for DICOM objects.   Participants store their objects here.  Available to other participants via DICOM C-FIND, C-MOVE, QIDO-RS, and WADO-RS.
Used in  RAD, CARD clusters, primarily by participants.  Monitors use the web-based GUI to verify that vendors have stored their objects here, but will not use other features.
Gazelle Order Manager
Provider Organization IHE Europe Development
Summary Order Placer and Order Filler simulator in departmental workflow profiles; DICOM Modality Worklist provider (SCP) and HL7 order exchange
Used in clusters Simulators are used by participants in RAD, CARD, and LAB during pre-Connectathon testing; sometimes during Connectathon, especially as a DICOM Modality Worklist SCP.   
Connectathon tests *do not* call for monitors to use Order Manager.  
Training

 

Overall 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 8, 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-->
 

See details above.

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, 26th 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 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • 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.

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 and 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:

If you have questions about travel or other logistics, Hilary Ramanantsalama 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 and Anne-Gaëlle Bergé.

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Monitor Recruitment Form Rennes, FR 2019

2019-01-30 Update: application period is closed. The team is processing the results; the list of monitors will be available soon.

 

Please use this form to express your interest in participating at the IHE Europe 2019 Connectathon as a Monitor. Filling this form is part of our recruitment process and does not mean that you will be able to join the team. Applications are reviewed and accepted based on the registration of systems (amount of systems, tested profiles and so on).

Monitors are members of the community who serve as independent test result evaluators during the IHE Connectathon. Monitors examine tests in real time or examine evidence after the test. Connectathon Monitors shall be recommended by their IHE National initiative, if one exists in their country of residence.  Monitors from countries without an IHE National Initiative may apply directly.

Monitors agree to perform their duties under the supervision of the Technical Project Manager and operate in a collaborative manner as part of the Testing Team

Monitors presence is expected during the entire connectathon event: April, 8th (noon) to April, 12th 2019 (noon).

 

The information entered in the form are only used by the Connectathon Management Team and will be kept in our records up to one year after the connectathon ends. Data will be deleted earlier upon writing request.

You need an account to fill out this form. If you do not have one yet, contact Hilary and Anne-Gaëlle; they will be happy to help.

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