Mission

The association IHE Austria – Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise – is dedicated to furthering the combination of IT and medical technology by spreading and improving the IHE framework for IT integration and data transmission in healthcare.

The objective of IHE Austria is to provide support for the organisational and technical implementation of e-health applications such as the electronic health record (EHR) in the Austrian healthcare system. In this, the focus is on improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of medical care.

The IHE framework is intended to serve as a basis for interoperability in this context.

IHE Austria has set itself the following three main tasks to achieve these objectives:

1. Lobbying and promotion in Austria

The awareness-raising, or lobbying, activities should transport the following central messages: Media discontinuity and proprietary interfaces create unforeseeable costs and quality problems; IHE ensures flexibility, sustainability, quality, and economy for the client.

2. Establishment of seminars and training

The establishment of seminars and training will help to raise awareness and to create standardised training on the topic of IHE.

3. International collaboration

International collaboration takes the form of representation on the committees of IHE Europe and IHE International as well as participation in working groups.

Working groups

IHE Austria is setting up the following three working groups for its focus areas:

1. Seminars and Training

The IHE Austria Seminars and Training working group has undertaken to define “IHE Expertise” in multiple expert profiles and to highlight persons with this expertise. The call for this came from individuals who are implementing or will soon be called on to implement IHE for healthcare providers.

The following overview shows that the Seminars and Training working group is not involved in the development of a quality seal or certificate. This remains the purview of international and European processes.

Three expert profiles have currently been compiled (strategic IHE consultant, IHE organisation advisor, IHE technical expert), and the corresponding competence profiles are being prepared. Further expert profiles have been adopted but will be pursued pending the completion of the first three profiles (IHE procurement, EHR CDA implementation, EHR CDA laboratory implementation, central patient index integration, e-medication implementation).

The first draft of an assessment form has been completed.
All of these documents are being discussed in the Seminars and Training working group. The working group is also seeking contact with other education institutions to document and coordinate the training content and forms.

Interested parties can sign up for the working group by e-mail at office@ihe-austria.at.

2. E-Medication

The objective of this working group is to contribute to the success of e-medication by providing advice and support, and in this way to increase the quality of treatment for patients and healthcare service providers.

The existing position papers of the E-Pharmacy working group of IHE Austria will be published here. If you would like to receive these before their online publication, please send a request to office@ihe-austria.at.

If you are interested in participating in the working group, please contact:

the association office: office@ihe-austria.at or 01-58839 67,

or Jürgen Brandstätter directly at: J.Brandstaetter@codewerk.at

3. Procurement

The objectives of the Procurement working group are:

– Dissemination of knowledge about IHE solution options

– Creation of templates for requests for offers
– By products and product groups
– By IHE domains/profiles

Safe harbour discussion Evaluation of submitted tenders, market monitoring, implementation experience, experiences in further development

The working group is headed by Alexander Schanner. The first meeting is being planned. The date will be coordinated among the interested parties. The meeting will take place in Vienna.

If you are interested in participating in the working group, please contact:

the association office: office@ihe-austria.at or 01-58839 67,

or Alexander Schanner at: alexander.schanner@holding.lknoe.at

Editorial platform

IHE Austria has undertaken to promote knowledge transfer and communication about IHE-relevant topics with interested professionals. The web site www.ihe-austria.at and the newsletter are central communication media of the association.

In order to provide valuable and user-relevant content, IHE Austria launched an open editorial platform. Everyone is invited to write articles that are relevant for the industry. A text fee is provided as compensation.

What topics are eligible?

  • Interesting IHE projects in planning, in Austria or abroad
  • Success stories: successfully implemented IHE projects in Austria or abroad
  • Industry-relevant background information
  • IHE services or products from manufacturers or service providers: These must meet the quality requirements of a successful conformity assessment or Connectathon

The team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Contacts

Gabriele Schöngruber
Tel.: 01 588 39 63
E-mail: schoengruber@feei.at

Silke Klemen
Tel.: 01 588 39 67
E-mail: office@ihe-austria.at

Board Members

Alexander Schanner

Member of the Managing Board
NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding
alexander.schanner@holding.lknoe.at

IHE as a vision of dedicated users and manufacturers of medical technology and IT systems has become reality in the form of products that are available on the market and systems that are in practical use. The presentations and showcases at the annual IHE Days never fail to deliver impressive examples.

Jürgen Brandstätter

Member of the Managing Board
CodeWerk Software Services and Development GmbH
j.brandstaetter@codewerk.at

IHE is in a state of change! The groundbreaking phase is now making way for the consolidation phase. This is reflected in the varied activities of IHE Austria.

DI Dr. Günter Rauchegger

Geschäftsführung
ELGA GmbH
guenter.rauchegger@elga.gv.at

ELGA ist seit Dezember 2015 erfolgreich in Betrieb und stellt eine wertvolle Basis-Infrastruktur für einen sicheren und zeitgemäßen Austausch von Gesundheitsdaten in Österreich dar. Es zeigen sich bereits jetzt viele positive Effekte durch die organisationsübergreifende Bereitstellung der patientenbezogenen Gesundheitsinformationen. IHE als Technologie bietet hier nicht nur die entsprechenden Standards um Interoperabilität zu gewährleisten, sondern auch um zukünftig flexibel erweitern zu können.

Manfred Müllner

Member of the Managing Board
FEEI – Association of the Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industries
muellner@feei.at

IHE Austria reaches providers and users of standardised solutions far beyond the borders of the IHE community, thereby raising the importance of IHE standards for the entire healthcare industry.

Roland Novak

Member of the Managing Board
Gemeinnützige Salzburger Landeskliniken Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
r.novak@salk.at

Integration and standardisation have been key focuses in Salzburg since the middle of the 1990s. Further developments on the basis of international standards such as IHE are the next sensible step in a modern medical system for the standardised exchange of healthcare data.

Mag. Herwig Loidl

Mag. Herwig Loidl, MBA Msc

Vorstandsmitglied
CareCenter Software GmbH
loidl@carecenter.at

IHE als Zeichen der Standardisierung in der Kommunikation im Gesundheitswesen schafft für die Wirtschaft Möglichkeiten interoperabile Lösungen mit hohem Anwendernutzen mit überschaubarem Aufwand zu erstellen.

Co-Opted Board Members

Gabriele Költringer

Co-Opted Member of the Managing Board
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
gabriele.koeltringer@technikum-wien.at

Especially in the healthcare field, it is impossible for different companies and institutions to work together without a common standard. This makes IHE a key pillar for the modern healthcare of today, and the EHR will make IHE even more important.

Michael Nöhammer

Co-Opted Member of the Managing Board
Österreichische Ärztekammer
m.noehammer@aerztekammer.at

The Austrian Medical Council sees internationally uniform standards as a means for promoting high quality, low-cost software. We welcome initiatives that provide better information for medical professionals through data exchange, in so far as this information makes day-to-day healthcare easier.

Stefan Sauermann

Co-Opted Member of the Managing Board
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
stefan.sauermann@technikum-wien.at

The current positive developments surrounding the legal framework for the EHR have been extremely positive for the standardisation of healthcare informatics. After years of preparation, the potential offered by IT can now be used better to support medical processes. This makes a dialogue between users and manufacturers in IHE and elsewhere all the more important.

Rainer Schügerl

Co-Opted Member of the Managing Board
Sozialversicherungs-Chipkarten Betriebs- und Errichtungsges.m.b.H. – SVC
rainer.schuegerl@svc.co.at

Overcoming system barriers and making interfaces seamless. These are goals that must be assigned the highest priority today in healthcare, and not only at the political level. At the technical end, IHE is the key to success.