As you stroll the exhibit floor at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference, it's hard to miss the Interoperability Showcase, where dozens of information systems and medical devices from different vendors send data hither and yon, simulating a health care environment with (ideally) a seamless, glitch-free flow of information.
Its presenting organization is Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), a consortium of professional associations, providers, government agencies, research institutions and vendors whose goal is to turn the plethora of HIT data communication standards into something that's usable in the real world. IHE was founded in 1997 by HIMSS and the Radiological Society of North America.
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