IHE – Certified Professional – IHE Foundations

The IHE foundations exam is for persons with a health IT background, with a requirement or an intention to use products based on IHE profiles, either someone (contracted) to work for a healthcare provider organization, or someone employed by a software development company. This course enables you to apply the IHE methodology (ISO/TR 28380) for developing interoperability specifications for an existing healthcare environment. You will have the skills to identify and use the appropriate existing IHE profiles when faced with a healthcare interoperability project.

The IHE Foundations Exam is part of the IHE Certified Professional Program (IHE-CPP). Go here to learn all about IHE-CPP: https://www.ihe.net/education/ihe-certified-professional-program

Locate & navigate the resources

IHE offers a large variety of artefacts to be used by the community. You will learn on how to use the IHE Homepage to research the
Technical Frameworks and use the Connectathon result matrix and product registry, to identify products tested at the Connectathon.
You will also learn about IHE Conformity Assessment methods and reports.

IHE Example Profiles & Standards 

IData exchange based on IHE profiles is based on several standards from HL7, DICOM or other SDOs. These standards define interoperability requirements from syntactical and semantical point of view to share information. You will learn about base technologies like HTTP, XML, SOAP, RESTful architecture and base standards like HL7 v2, HL7v3/CDA HL7 FHIR and DICOM. Furthermore you will get an overview about the top 10 IHE profiles and learn about IHE’s Security & Privacy profiles.

Who is the target audience?

Anybody with a health IT background with a requirement or an intention to use products based on IHE profiles.
This could be someone (contracted) to work for a healthcare provider organization, or someone employed by a software development company.

What you’ll learn

This course is an ideal preparation for the IHE Foundations exam. It covers all topics relevant for the multiple-choice exam. More information about the exam can be found at GASQ.

A certified participant will be able to apply the IHE methodology (ISO/TR 28380) for developing interoperability specifications for an existing healthcare environment.
He or she will have the skills to identify and use the appropriate existing IHE profiles when faced with a healthcare interoperability project.

1. Orientation on the IHE organisation

In order to engage in IHE one must understand the organisational structure and the tasks that each unit performs.

2. IHE Methodology

IHE develops Technical Frameworks including integration profiles that define how IT standards are used to share health-related information between IT systems.
This module teaches you about the IHE document structures and methods used during the annual IHE review and development cycle.

3. Locate and navigate through IHE resources

IHE offers a large variety of artefacts to be used by the community. This module shows where you can find which information, and how to use it.

4. IHE Example profiles, base standards, general healthcare IT knowledge

IT systems communication using IHE profiles is based on several standards from HL7, DICOM or other Standards Development Organisations. This module provides a general overview about basic technologies, standards and security requirements as they are used in IHE profiles.

5. Accelerate Health Information Exchange deployment

On top of technical interoperability, legal and organisational issues must be addressed during integration of processes and IT systems. This module demonstrates the “IHE Interoperability Use Case Deployment Methodology” to support real world deployment.

Detailed Syllabus of the IHE Foundations exam:

Can I get a preview about this course?

You can view sample material (videos, questions etc.) here.

Can I start the course anytime?

After we received your payment, your account will be activated and you can start the course whenever you want to.

How much time do I have to complete the course?

Your access is valid for 6 weeks after purchase. It will take you about about 4-6 days to complete the course, depending on your pre knowledge and learning speed.

I need more time to finish the course. What can I do?

If you need more time to finish the course, please contact us so we can find a perfect solution for you!

How do I get the exam?

After finishing the course you have to register and book a remote exam on the GASQ Website.

How does the remote exam work?

  • First, please register and book a remote exam on the GASQ Website.
  • Then you schedule an appointment with a live “remote” proctor.
  • Appointments are possible all day (24/7).
  • Exam must be taken in an empty room on own personal computer.
  • A proctor monitors the whole exam by webcam.

How do I receive the certification?

After you successfully passed the remote exam, you receive the certificate from GASQ.

What is IHE?

„Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise“ (IHE) is a global not-for-profit initiative with regional and national branches. It provides a pragmatic methodology ensuring interoperability between healthcare IT systems resulting in a body of technical and semantic specifications, which are published by IHE as Technical Framework(s). IHE also organises testing events worldwide to allow vendors to verify and validate their conformance with the IHE specifications. IHE is a joint initiative of users of healthcare IT systems and providers of such systems. IHE is governed by an international board that provides strategic direction and coordinates the technical development activities of IHE. In Europe, IHE is coordinated by IHE-Europe.

Why is IHE needed?

Standards are written to support a wide range of clinical processes and include many optional features. In order to obtain interoperability with regard to a specific clinical task, IHE creates Profiles of the most relevant standards that make essential features for supporting the clinical task mandatory for those products for which conformance with a Profile is claimed. IHE Profiles specify the information that must be exchanged between systems and the actions that recipient systems must take on receipt of the information. However, they do not constrain the way in which systems are designed to enable ease of use.

What is the origin of IHE?

IHE was created in 1998 by users and industry in the US in order to respond to increasingly urgent issues of interoperability in the Radiology Domain. The two user organisations RSNA (www.rsna.org) and HIMSS (www.himss.org) created a unique platform for users and vendors for defining specifications of healthcare IT systems that enable interoperability between complex applications. The concept of the IHE process was taken up in Europe as well as Asia shortly afterwards. European activities were started in the year 2000 by COCIR (www.cocir.org) and the European Society of Radiology – ESR (www.myesr.org). Because of the nature of the European healthcare environment, national IHE Initiatives have developed in a number of European countries. These initiatives coordinate their activities at the European level within the association IHE-Europe aisbl.

Hard Facts:

Program Type: Online
Start:
 April 2019
Duration: 4-6 days to complete the course, within 6 weeks after activation
Fees in EUR: 1.188,- (incl. VAT)* (SPECIAL OFFER – 50% discount instead of 2.376.- )
*Please note that the fees don’t include the examination fee. It has to be paid directly to GASQ.
Level: Beginner