Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Happy Christmas and an Interoperable New Year!

As the Festive Season approaches, the IHE Australia Management Committee would like to thank all who supported and participated in the IHE activities in Australia in 2008:

The 1st Australian IHE Connectathon held in Canberra at the end of July (www.IHE.net.au/Open-Day.htm & www.IHE.net.au/WebServices-Forum.htm) at which 11 vendors tested 18 products and achieved 41 successful product tests.
4 Australian products now have an internationally recognised IHE "golden tick" (see www.IHE.net.au/Results-2008.htm)
9 products tested successfully to the exploratory Australian "Diagnostic Reporting" profile

- The 4th Interoperability Showcase held in August 31 - Sept. 3 in Melbourne as part of the HIC'08 and Health-e-Nation Industry Exhibition (see www.IHE.net.au/Showcase-2008.htm)

Our special thanks go to Chris Lindop who supported and guided us through the first IHE Connectathon held in Australia and the volunteers who spent many days and nights helping to make the Connectathon and Showcase happen. Our thanks also go to the HISA event managers who worked hard in the background to ensure everything ran smoothly.

The feedback from the 2008 events has been very positive and the Management Committee has commenced planning for the 2009 IHE events. The 5th Interoperability Showcase will be held as part of the Industry Exhibition at HIC'09 on 19-21 August, 2009 in the National Convention Centre in Canberra. As per the feedback from this year's participants, we are planning to hold the 2nd Australian IHE Connectathon ~6 weeks prior, so in early July 2009.

The Management Committee has already received many Expressions of Interest for the 2009 Connectathon and Showcase, so please send us an e-mail if you or your organisation would like to support or participate in the 2009 IHE events.

Again, many thanks to all who contributed to the success of the IHE work in 2008. Best wishes for Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year!