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:


For Participants

Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

Participation Checklist

 Participant Checklist


IHE Technical Frameworks, Consolidated CDA

Schedule and Logistics

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


Technical Resources

Targeted Resources

Training Material / Webex Presentations

Communication (email addresses, email lists)






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 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
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.

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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

IHE USA Connectathon Management and Logistics

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

Lynn Felhofer

+ IT Infrastructure

+ Quality, Research and Public Health

+ Radiology

Steve Moore

+ Patient Care Coordination

+ Consolidated CDA testing

Eric Poiseau

+ Anatomic Pathology

+ Laboratory

+ Pharmacy

Paul Sherman

+ Patient Care Devices








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.  
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.
10 am - 5:30 pm
Connectathon testing begins promptly at 10am

Tue Jan 26
Wed Jan 27
Thu Jan 28


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


Final Connectathon testing session.

Connectathon ends promptly at noon.



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:

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

Training Material

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)

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)

All monitors

Using gazelle to review Connectathon tests

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

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.


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 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) 


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


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.


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:


Contact Info 

PDF icon Monitor_Travel_Guide.pdf242.43 KB
PDF icon Per_Diem_Request_Form.pdf73.81 KB

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.



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)


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


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


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 )


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


Gazelle on-site:

Outside of Connectathon floor, URL remains the same:

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:

Tool errata - as we find issues with tools, we will document them here:

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

Eric (L28)

Gazelle Security Suite

TLS client / server simulator


 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:

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

IP addr / port: /  11112


Steve (K28)

Gazelle EVS Client

Home page

Eric (L28)

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

Eric (L28)

HL7v2 validator

HL7v3 validator

Eric (L28) 

PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

Eric (L28)

XDW validator

Abderrazek (L27)

Gazelle proxy

message capture/validation (non-TLS)

Eric (L28)

NIST HL7 v2.x

For 2 QRPH messages

Rob S (H32)

Patient Generation

Patient Generation and Sharing

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

Abderrazek (L27)

PCD Tools

PCD Message Validation

John (F37)


SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing

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

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


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 None
Order Manager Simulator Backup

Send HL7v2 orders


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 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)