MO-AB-204-00: Interoperability in Radiation Oncology: IHE-RO Committee Update



You’ve experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America.

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information. This is done by coordinating the use of published standards like DICOM and HL7. Several clinical and operational IHE domains exist in the healthcare arena, including Radiology and Radiation Oncology. The ASTRO-sponsored IHE Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO) domain focuses on radiation oncology specific information exchange. This session will explore the IHE Radiology and IHE RO process for;

  • IHE solicitation process for new profiles.

  • Improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information in the healthcare enterprise

  • Supporting interconnectivity descriptions and proof of adherence by vendors

  • Testing and assuring the vendor solutions to connectivity problems.

  • Including IHE profiles in RFPs for future software and hardware purchases.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.Understand IHE role in improving interoperability in health care.
  • 2.Understand process of profile development and implantation.
  • 3.Understand how vendors prove adherence to IHE RO profiles.

S. Hadley, ASTRO Supported Activity