KAYSVILLE, Utah, February 2, 2015 – Utah-based Qvera joined with more than 100 healthcare vendors at this year’s North America Connectathon in Cleveland, Ohio, where more than 500 engineers and IT professionals worked together on improving healthcare interoperability. The Connectathon event is sponsored by the non-profit organization Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).
Qvera was one of only nine healthcare vendors selected to participate in the IHE New Directions program focused on testing new interoperability solutions to advance their development and implementation. The focus this year was testing and validating the emerging Cross Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) system of standards for sharing patient records using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) specification that simplifies mobile access to healthcare information. Twenty-five different pathways using HL7s FHIR profile were successfully tested. The FHIR standard is expected to move into trial implementation later this year.
Additionally, during the five-day event, Qvera successfully demonstrated its ability to implement more than 20 different IHE integration profiles. Other participants included Siemens Mobile, CareEvolution and Oracle HIE.
“As HL7 standards evolve and new specifications are developed, Qvera is at the forefront of testing, defining and supporting those requirements,” Ron Shapiro, vice president and CTO of Qvera said. “It’s rewarding to be a part of Connectathon as it is an important event delivering real-world impacts. The Qvera Interface Engine (QIE) gives us the ability to be nimble in response to the ever evolving standards and QIE continues to be a game changer in making the IHE vision a reality.”
Qvera plays an integral role in the HL7 protocol that enables users to securely access health information anytime, anywhere. As an active member of the HL7 organization, Qvera participates regularly in working group meetings, which define the emerging HL7 standards used by healthcare industry.
“We have been particularly interested in the emerging FHIR standard that we believe has the potential to revolutionize healthcare interoperability, especially in today’s mobile saturated world,” said Shapiro.