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:


For Participants

Gazelle Connectathon Test Management

Participation Checklist

Detailed Connectathon Schedule


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:





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




IT Infrastructure


Asynchronous AS4 Option

IT Infrastructure


Restricted Metadata Update

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine



Patient Care Coordination


CDA Document Summary Section

Patient Care Coordination


Dynamic Care Plan

Patient Care Coordination


Family Planning Version 2

Patient Care Coordination


Paramedicine Care Summary

Patient Care Devices






Quality, Research, Public Health


Quality Outcome Reporting for EMS 



Encounter Based Imaging Workflow



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 (
    -- Configurations -> (Company) : Systems Configuration
    -- Select a system
    -- The hosts and IP addresses associated with that system will display at the top
  3. You can see all IP addresses (all systems, including yours, using Gazelle (
    -- Configurations -> Network Configuration Overview
    -- Lower left: Download hosts file


  Contact Us! Get help when you need it.


NA Connectathon 2019 Week Resources

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

Testing schedule for the week


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


After-hours access:

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

Daily 'need to know' announcements

The Connectathon venue makes oral announcements impractical.

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

Seating Assignments

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

Network Info

Wireless / General

    • SSID:  NA2019
    • Password:  cleveland19

Wireless / PCD Testers

  • SSID:  PCD
  • Password:  cleveland19

Gazell Test Management

Gazelle on-site:

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

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

Ask questions. Get help:

IHE USA staff - Help desk

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

Network staff - (TBD)

Tool help - see section below

Steve Moore - (TBD)

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

Lynn Felhofer - (TBD)

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

Cédric Eoche-Deval - (TBD)

      • Gazelle support. This is Level 3 support.

 Paul Sherman - (TBD)

      • PCD tests, test requirements & grading

Assigned partners for some profiles

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

Tools - locations & support

Training material on various tools is here:

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

Cédric (tbd)

Gazelle Security Suite

- Home of ATNA Questionnaires

- TLS client / server simulator

- ATNA Audit message validator

- Syslog collector (ARR simulator)

Cédric (tbd)

CDA Validation (several)

PCC, QRPH and C-CDA Testing

IHE CDA Overview of Testing Procedure

Steve (TBD)

DICOM Central Archive

Archive for DICOM objects

GUI front-end:

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

IP addr / port: /  11112

IP addr / port: /  11112


Steve (TBD)

Gazelle EVS Client

Home page

Eric (TBD)

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

Eric (TBD)

HL7v2 validator

HL7v3 validator

Eric (TBD) 

PDF/A validator (XDS-SD)

Eric (TBD)

XDW validator


Gazelle proxy

message capture/validation (non-TLS)


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


Gazelle Patient Manager

Source of pre-load Patients

Patient Demographics Supplier and Patient Encounter Supplier in the PAM Profile


FHIR Read-Only Server

- Hosts FHIR Resources used as datasets for some profiles

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

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

Steve (TBD)

FHIR Read-Write Server

- Resource validation
- Participants can store resources here

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

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

Steve (TBD)

NIST HL7 v2.x

For HL7 v2.x PIX/PDQ

For QRPH VRDR HL7 messages

Rob (TBD)

PCD Tools

PCD Message Validation

John Garguilo (TBD)


SAML assertion provider - XUA and SeR testing


XDS Tools 

 XD* profile testing

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

- XDS toolkit: TBD

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

Bill (TBD)

XDS Toolkit 2019

XD* test support
XCA test support
MHD test support


XDS-I Tools 2019

For testing XDS-I and XCA-I implementations.

Uses the NIST XDS Toolkit directly

Steve (TBD)

Backup or Experimental Tools

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

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

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

Tool Status Used for Location / Config info Support


NA Connectathon 2019 Monitor Resources

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

Table of Contents


Connectathon Week Resources

  >>Schedule for the week:

Monday Jan 21

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

Tueday Jan 22

Wed & Thur Jan 23, 24

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

Friday Jan 25


The link to Gazelle on-site & off-site is the same:

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

  >>Seating chart:

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

  >> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

        Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

  >>Network Info:

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

  >>Ask questions. Get help:

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

  >>Test tools - locations & support:


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

Contact Us:

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

Technical Preparation Resources:

>> Monitors' Profile Assignments:

Monitor profile assignments are in this google spreadsheet.  

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

There are two tabs in the spreadsheet:

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

>> Technical Specifications: 

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

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

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

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

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


>> Monitor training material

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

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

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


Connectathon overview for all monitors: 

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

Webex link:

Phone number:  866-469-3239

Meeting number:  920 003 544         Meeting password:   Meeting123


Jan 8, 10:00 CST

60 min

General training: (primary audience is new monitors)

Interpreting the IHE Technical Framework

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

(Streaming link) (.mp4)

40 min

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

(Streaming link) (.mp4)

11 min

Using gazelle to review Connectathon test definitions

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

8 min

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

We collect participants' material on this Training Page.


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

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

CDA Cluster Training

   Overview of CDA Testing Procedure


ITI-ETC (ITI Other) Profile Overview

  Recording link | slides

7 min

Media Cluster Profile Overview  

  Recording link (2017) | slides

18 min

Mobile Cluster Profile Overview 

  Recording link (2018) | slides
39 min

PatID Cluster Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

7 min

RAD Visual Cluster Profile Overview



RAD-Web Cluster Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

20 min

RAD-WF (Radiology Workflow) Cluster Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

34 min

RFD (Retrieve Form for Data Capture) Cluster Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

30 min

Security Cluster Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

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

  Participant ATNA Resource Web Page

  Secure Retrieve (SeR) Profile test scenario -- slides

32 min

20 min


SR Cluster Profile Overview



XC* (Cross Community Cluster) Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

43 min

XDS (Document Sharing Cluster) Profile Overview

  Recording link (2017) | slides

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

34 min

XDS-I Cluster Profile Overview



XDW Cluster Profile Overview




Timeline for Connectathon Monitors:


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

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

Jan 9, 10-11 am CST

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

Recording link | Slides

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

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

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

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

Tues Jan 16

6:30-9:30 pm

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

Final Connectathon testing session.

Connectathon ends promptly at noon.


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



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:

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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