Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) brings together users and developers of (health information technology) HIT systems--including those used in medical imaging--to implement standards and improve patient care.
IHE publishes implementation guides, called IHE profiles, that define how to use standards (DICOM, HL7, W3C and others) to make systems more interoperable, improve access to for care providers and patients and enable more effective use of electronic health records. IHE also provides a testing process that lets developers test their systems for compliance with relevant profiles.
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Users who are responsible for purchasing, upgrading or implementing HIT systems (including PACS, RIS and modality devices) can:
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Developers of HIT systems can:
Developers whose products comply with IHE standards can publish integration statements, showing their customers that they're working to make EHRs a reality. They also earn special recognition in RSNA's Technical Exhibition Guide and can display the IHE logo on their websites and exhibition signage.