|IHE Profiles||IHE Profiles provide a standards-based framework for sharing information within care sites and across networks. They address critical interoperability issues related to information access for care providers and patients, clinical workflow, security, administration, and information infrastructure. Each profile defines the actors, transactions, and information content required to address the clinical use case by referencing appropriate standards.|
There are 2 types of IHE Profiles:
|Integration Statement||IHE Integration Statements are documents prepared and published by vendors to describe the intended conformance of their products with the IHE Technical Framework. They identify the specific integration capabilities a product is designed to support in terms of the key concepts of IHE: Actors and Integration Profiles.|
|Technical Framework||The IHE Technical Framework is a detailed, rigorously organized document that provides a comprehensive guide to implementing the defined integration capabilities. The Technical Framework delineates standards-based transactions among systems (generically defined as IHE Actors) required to support specific workflow and integration capabilities.|
|Connectathons||IHE has been testing the interoperability of health IT systems for more than a decade. At IHE Connectathons held regularly in several international locations, trained technical experts supervise testing of vendor systems, making use of advanced testing software developed by IHE and several partner organizations. More than 250 vendors worldwide have implemented and tested products with IHE capabilities.|
|IHE Actors||Information systems or applications that produce, manage, or act on information are represented as functional units called IHE Actors. Each actor supports a specific set of IHE transactions. A given information system may support 1 or more IHE actors.|
|Transactions||Transactions are exchanges of information between actors using messages based on established standards (such as HL7, DICOM, and W3C). Each transaction is defined with reference to a specific standard and additional detailed information, including use cases. This is done to add greater specificity and ensure a higher level of interoperability between systems.|
DICOM = Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine; HL7 = Health Level 7; IHE = Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise; IT = information technology; W3C = World Wide Web Consortium.