Current Connectathons

  Links to information about upcoming Connectathons world-wide:

 

NA Connectathon 2020 Resources

IHE USA welcomes your participation in the IHE North American Connectathon, Jan 21-24, 2020 in Cleveland.  

This page points you to the resources you need to prepare and succeed!  Registration was open in Gazelle Test Management from Sep 12 - Oct 25, 2019.  Infomation for some items below will be added as we get closer to January.

If you have questions, please contact the IHE NA Connectathon sponsors: connectathon@ihe.net

 

For Participants

Gazelle Test Management

IHE manages Connectathon system registration and testing in our on-line system called "Gazelle Test Management":  https://gazelle.iheusa.org/gazelle-na

Testing Tools

Weekly Testing Tools are Avaiilable Here:  NA CAT20 Testing Tools

Schedule and Logistics

Specifications to be tested

Technical resources for all

Technical resources for targeted profiles

Training Material / Webex Presentations

Miscellaneous

Contact us!

Connectathon System Registration

System registration is now closed.  Here are links to registration resources:

-- Pre-Registration Advice
-- How to Register in Gazelle and Generate a Contract
-- Thorough vs Supportive Testing Explained

 

 

 

For Monitors:

NA Connectathon 2020 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 20, 2019.
  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 Philip DePalo (...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-NA2020.pdf

 IP Addresses

  1. Fixed IP addresses have been 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://gazelle.iheusa.org
    -- 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://gazelle.iheusa.org)
    -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
    -- Lower left: Download hosts file

 

  Contact Us! Get help when you need it.

 

NA Connectathon 2020 Week Resources

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

Testing schedule for the week

Daily:

Mon, Jan 20, 2020  8:00 am -  4:00 pm EST On-site check-in / badge pickup
Mon, Jan 20, 2020  8:00 am - 10:00 am Connectathon Participant system set-up
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 10:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 1
Tue, Jan 21, 2020  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 2
Wed, Jan 22, 2020  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Session 3
Thu, Jan 23, 2020  9:00 am -  5:30 pm Connectathon Test Sesson 4
Fri, Jan 24, 2020  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.

Network Info

Wireless / General

    • SSID:  NA2020
    • Password:  cleveland20

Wireless / PCD Testers

  • SSID:  PCD
  • Password:  provided on site

Gazelle Test Management

Gazelle on-site: https://gazelle.iheusa.org/gazelle-na

Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same: https://gazelle.iheusa.org/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 M28.
      • 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

Dr. Phil - (C31)

      • First & last resource for technical support.  Ask me anything.
        • If I do not know, I will find someone who does.
      • Gazelle help. Traditional Level 1 and Level 2 support.
        • e.g. "I need to reset my password"
      • Monitor support

Steve Moore - (K31)

      • QRPH, PCC and C-CDA tests, test requirements & grading => support for participants and monitors.
      • "I need to drop a profile/actor in QRPH or PCC"

Lynn Felhofer - (L28)

      • ITI and Radiology tests, test requirements & grading => support for participants and monitors
      • "I need to drop a profile/actor in RAD or ITI"

Anne-Gaëlle / Malo Toudic - (C28)

      • Gazelle support. This is Level 3 support.

Paul Sherman - (H28)

      • PCD tests, test requirements & grading => support for participants and monitors
      • "I need to drop a profile/actor in PCD"

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 (L28) with any questions about these assignments.

Tools - configuration, location & support

 

TOOLS DEPLOYED AT CONNECTATHON 
Gazelle Test Management
Configuration

https://gazelle.iheusa.org/gazelle-na

Support Malo (C28)
Summary Overall test management during Connectathon.  
Provider Organization Kereval (IHE Europe) 
Gazelle Proxy
Configuration

https:gazelle.iheusa.org/proxy

Proxy is accessible at 10.242.128.41

Support  Malo (C28)
Summary Captures messages exchanged between two test systems and enables message validation.  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.
Documentation
Provider Organization Kereval (IHE Europe) 
Gazelle Security Suite (GSS)
Configuration  https://gazelle.ihe.net/gss
Support Malo (C28) 
Summary

Source of digital certificates for ATNA/TLS.

Simulates an Audit Record Repository (syslog collector).

Validates syslog 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.

Documentation
Provider Organization Kereval (IHE Europe)
Gazelle EVSClient
Configuration https://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient
Support Malo (C28)
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.
Documentation User Manual
Provider Organization Kereval (IHE Europe), with embedded validators provided by many organizations
Gazelle Patient Manager
Configuration  https://gazelle.ihe.net/PatientManager
Support Anne-Gaëlle (C28)
Summary Simulators for actors in PAM, PDQ*, PIX* 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.  
Documentation User Manual
Provider Organization Kereval (IHE Europe)
Gazelle Order Manager
Configuration  https://gazelle.ihe.net/OrderManager
Support Anne-Gaëlle (C28)
Summary

Order Placer and Order Filler simulator in departmental workflow profiles; DICOM Modality Worklist provider (SCP) and HL7 order exchange.

Simulators are used by participants in RAD and LAB during pre-Connectathon testing; sometimes at Connectathon, especially as a DICOM Modality worklist SCP

Documentation
Provider organization

Kereval (IHE Europe)

PCD Tools  
Configuration http://pcdtool:8080/pcdtool
Support John (E7)
Summary Used in PCD profile testing to validate one to one messages passing patient and device information. New functionality validates some detailed ACM profile content.
US ONC ETT for C-CDA
Configuration https://ttpedge.sitenv.org/ttp/#/validators/ccdar2
Support Steve Moore(K31)
Summary Used to test C-CDA documents. Not for general CDA testing.
Provider Organization NIST
PIX/PDQ and Vital Records Test Tools
Configuration  
Support Jungyub (M26)
Summary Validators for PIXv2, PIXv2, PDQv2 and PDQv3 messages. Validation for Vital Records Death Reporting.
Documentation

on-line tool documentation

Provider organization

NIST

CDA Validation Tools
Support Steve (K31)
Summary

For PCC, QRPH, and C-CDA testing

Documentation

IHE CDA Testing Procedure Overview

XDS Toolkit
Configuration

See details on the homepage for XDS and FHIR toolkit:

>> On the Connectathon floor:   http://nist1:8080/

>> From outside: https://github.com/usnistgov/asbestos/wiki/CAT-Home

Support

Bill (J31)

Sunil (J32)

Summary Validates messages and simulates actors in document sharing profiles, eg XC*, XDS.  Specific tests contain instructions to use Toolkit to verify messages, or as a Doc Consumer simulator to perform queries against participants' tests systems.
Provider Organization NIST
XDS-I Tools
Configuration http://xds-imaging-tools:8080/toolkit
Support Steve (K31)
Summary For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations
Provider Organization NIST, + Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (for XDS-I & XCA-I)
FHIR Read-Write Server (HAPI)
Configuration

Web GUI: http://fhir-read-write.ihe-us-test.net:8080/fhir

Server base URL (R4): http://fhir-read-write:8080/fhir/baseR4  

Server base URL (STU3):  http://fhir-read-write:8080/fhir/baseDstu3

Support Steve (K31)
Summary

(1) Hosts the Connectathon patients as FHIR Patient Resources. These Patient Resources will be referenced by other Resources that are created/exchanged in peer-to-peer tests .  i.e. you will not reference a copy of this resource that resides on your server or that of your test partner. 

(2) Hosts FHIR Resources that are test data for various IHE Profiles, e.g., mCDS, QEDm, MHD-SDC.

(3) Participants can upload & validate FHIR Resources created by their systems. 

-- -- Instructions are in Connectathon test '*_Resource_Check* for several profiles.

(4) Participants that are FHIR clients will upload a FHIR CapabilityStatement for their test system onto this server, making them available to all participants and monitors.  Instructions are in test '01_DoThis1st_CapabilityStatement'

Provider Organization

HAPI Server deployed at Connectathon by Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

FHIR Toolkit
Configuration

See details on the homepage for XDS and FHIR toolkit:

>> On the Connectathon floor:   http://nist1:8080/

>> From outside: https://github.com/usnistgov/asbestos/wiki/CAT-Home

Support

Bill (J31)

Sunil (J32)

Summary

MHD profile testing

Documentation  Overview training recording
Provider Organization  NIST
DICOM Central Archive (dcm4chee)
Configuration

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

Support Steve (K31)
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.  Monitors use the web-based GUI to verify that participants have stored their objects here.
Provider organization  dcm4che.org
Mitre Canary
Configuration

 GUI front-end: http://central-archive:18080

Note: This is correct. We are running the canary tool on the same host as the Central Archive.

Support Steve (K31)
Summary

Used to test VRDR/FHIR

Provider organization

Mitre

SAML STS
Configuration https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/sts
Support Malo (C28)
Summary

SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

Provider Organization

Kereval (IHE Europe)

IHE TEST TOOLS DEPLOYED OUTSIDE OF CONNECTATHON WEEK:
Index to IHE Test Tools:  https://wiki.ihe.net/index.php/IHE_Test_Tool_Information

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:gazelle.iheusa.org/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. gazelle.iheusa.org
    2. gazelle.ihe.net
  6. During the event:
    1. The full server gazelle.iheusa.org 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 gazelle.iheusa.org 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 Phil DePalo if you need help
    1. nslookup gazelle.iheusa.org (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 gazelle.iheusa.org 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 (gazelle.iheusa.org) 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 2020 Monitor Resources

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

Table of Contents

 

Connectathon Week Resources

  >>Schedule for the week:

Monday Jan 20

  • 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 21

  • 9:00 - 5:30 - Connectathon testing session
  • 6:30 - 9:30 - Social event

Wed & Thur Jan 22, 23

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

Friday Jan 24

  >>Gazelle:

The link to Gazelle on-site & off-site is the same: http://gazelle.iheusa.org

See Anne-Gaëlle or Malo (C28), Steve (K31), or Dr. Phil (C31) about any Gazelle problems, password resets, etc

  >>Seating chart:

-- Click Here

  >> 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: NA2020
    • Password: cleveland20 

  >>Test tools 

For TOOLS CONNECTATHON LOCATION & CONFIGURATION:  See https://gazelle.ihe.net/content/na-connectathon-2020-week-resources#Tools   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.

 

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:  Dr. Phil (C31)
  • Questions on Patient Care Devices PCD tests:  Paul Sherman (E28)
  • Questions on CDA, RFD tests:  Steve Moore (K31)
  • Questions on Radiology and IT Infrastructure tests:  Lynn Felhofer (L28)
  • 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. 
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  

Slides

approx 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

IHE 2019 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

 

 

 

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: https://youtu.be/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.

 

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

 

 

IHE European Connectathon in Brussels

Connectathon participants technical registration and resources.

 

 IHE-Europe Connectathon Week postponed to November 2-6! (announcement)

This page is being updated as soon as a process is defined for the November dates.

CAT in Brussels

For general information about the connectathon and the connectathon week (related events, accomodation) is available on IHE Europe connectathon dedicated website.

 timeline

Milestones and timeline

 EU-CAT

Create an account and/or

register to test at the connectathon

 discount

Access the "First time participant ever" form

 cheat sheet

Participants cheat sheet

 Resources for connectathon

Resources for monitors

 Training resources

Training resources

 

Google group

 

Gazelle user guides

 

Report issues/questions by emailing

technical.manager[at]ihe-europe.net

Register connectathon participants

testable profiles

Testable profiles

CAT FAQ

Connectathon FAQ

Floor layout

Connectathon floor layout

testing tips

Test tools and testing tips

 

Parcel shipment

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Parcel shipment

In case you need to ship parcels (server racks, devices) to the connectathon venue. Autoworld is willing to receive and store parcels from March, 13th. To get it back to your office, they shall be collected by April, 3rd the latest.

Address:

Autoworld

Parc du cinquantenaire 11

1000 Brussels

BELGIAN

Do not forget to mention your company name and "IHE Europe Connectathon" so that Autoworld understands the purpose of the delivery.

 

Invitation letter

May you need a visa to enter Belgium, IHE-Europe can provide you with an invitation letter. Simply fill-in this form and send it back to office[at]ihe-europe.net. Invite letter will only be provided to participants from companies which have already send back their contract.

Monitor Recruitment Form Brussels 2020

Please use this form to express your interest in participating at the IHE Europe 2020 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: March, 23rd (noon) to March, 27th 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; she will be happy to help.

Milestones and timeline

Participant cheat sheet

Need help to complete your contract ? Read here

Tips to complete your contract

 
First your contract is available from Registration > Financial Summary. If red lines are displayed at the bottom of this page, that means that Gazelle is missing pieces of information from you.

 

1. Whether you need a Purchase Order to be added to the invoice IHE-Europe will send you, you can add it from Registration > Manage organization information > Billing address section
2. You can also add your VAT details from this same place ( Registration > Manage organization information > Billing address section )
3. The mailing address is missing for the organization: We need to know about the mailing address of your company, add it from Registration > Manage organization information. This is done in several steps. If there is no address defined at all or if you need to add a new one, first click on "Click here to add a new address", you save your form and then you click the "Select" button for this address to become your mailing address. It works the same way to add a billing address. A common error, is to not complete this second step.
4. Either 
* Missing Address for Financial Contacts.
* Missing Technical Contacts.
* Missing Marketing Contacts.
is displayed, you shall add one or several contacts and set what are their scopes. Add a contact from Registration > Manage contacts. Then click on 'Add a contact'. Creating a contact does not create a Gazelle account for that person.
5. Add event participants to be invoiced right now for the correct number of participants (otherwise, separated invoices will be sent). Go to Registration > Testing Session Participants. You can add either someone who has a Gazelle account within your company (Import from users), either someone from your list of contacts (Import from contacts).
6. Make sure all the dependencies of your systems are met in terms of IHE dependencies among actors (if that is not the case, edit the Actor/Profile list of your system and click on "Add missing dependencies" (orange button).

 

If you are still questions or issues, you are welcome to write to technical.manager@ihe-europe.net to get support.

Resources for monitors

Test tools and testing tips

List of test tools

Tool resources

ATNA

ATNA testing & digital certificates

prepare

Be prepared

 

 Thorought vs Supportive

With the support of Gazelle Test Management, the connectathon management team offers you to perform limited testing if you are a returning participant. See why, how and what are the conditions here.

 Document Sharing testing - Several affinity domains

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). Details

 

 

Training resources

Find general trainings here

 recording

Registration webinar

Dec, 10th 2019

 recording

Post-Registration webinar

Jan, 30th 2019

 

 recording

SUT Configurations in Gazelle

Test Management

& Use of Gazelle Proxy