The South African Healthcare Informatics Association (SAHIA) is hosting a free one day workshop on Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on Thursday, 19th November 2015.
IHE enables users and developers of information technology for healthcare to achieve interoperability of systems through the precise definition of healthcare tasks, the specification of standards-based communication between systems required to support those tasks, and the testing of systems to determine that they conform to the specifications.
SAHIA Council Member and Coordinator of the upcoming workshop, Clive Daniell, noted that IHE standards are already extensively used internationally and are quickly gaining traction in South Africa.
“Conformance to IHE standards is a central component in ensuring that National Health Insurance (NHI) will achieve its goals, by delivering the interoperability frameworks required across the public healthcare landscape,” said Daniell.
The IHE workshop is intended for any senior executive, clinician or decision maker involved in healthcare informatics. The day will comprise of presentations, Q&A and an open panel discussion on overcoming interoperability challenges in South Africa and using IHE to achieve this. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for attendees to network.
“The event will also be attended by IHE International Representative, Lapo Bertini, who will provide an update on IHE around the world and be able to answer questions and participate in the discussion sessions,” said Daniell.
SAHIA was established in 1982 to promote the use of informatics in the delivery of healthcare services in South Africa. The organisation is a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and its membership is drawn from people working in the public and private health sectors as well as at academic institutions.