IHE General Introduction

Appendix F: IHE Integration Statements

IHE Integration Statements are documents prepared and published by vendors to describe the conformance of their products with the IHE Technical Framework. They identify the specific IHE capabilities a given product supports in terms of IHE actors and integration profiles (described in the applicable domain’s IHE Technical Framework Volume 1).

Users familiar with these concepts can use Integration Statements to determine how a product integrates with complementary systems and what clinical and operational benefits such integration might provide. Integration Statements are intended to be used in conjunction with statements of conformance to specific standards (e.g., HL7, IETF, DICOM, W3C, etc.).

IHE provides a process for vendors to test their implementations of IHE actors and integration profiles. The IHE testing process, culminating in a multi-party interactive testing event called the Connectathon, provides vendors with valuable feedback and provides a baseline indication of the conformance of their implementations. The process is not intended to independently evaluate or ensure product compliance. In publishing the results of the Connectathon and facilitating access to vendors’ IHE Integration Statements, IHE and its sponsoring organizations are in no way attesting to the accuracy or validity of any vendor’s IHE Integration Statements or any other claims by vendors regarding their products.

IHE also provides the IHE Product Registry as a resource for vendors and purchasers of HIT systems to communicate about the IHE compliance of such systems. Vendors can use the Product Registry to generate and register Integration Statements of the form described below. Purchasers can use it to find HIT products that meet their needs and have the IHE integration capabilities they desire.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Vendors are solely responsible for the accuracy and validity of their IHE Integration Statements. Vendor’s Integration Statements are made available through IHE simply for consideration by parties seeking information about the integration capabilities of particular products. IHE and its sponsoring organizations have not evaluated or approved any IHE Integration Statement or any related product, and IHE and its sponsoring organizations shall have no liability or responsibility to any party for any claims or damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential, including but not limited to business interruption and loss of revenue, arising from any use of, or reliance upon, any IHE Integration Statement.

F.1 Content of an IHE Integration Statement

An IHE Integration Statement for a product shall include:

  1. The Vendor Name
  2. The Product Name (as used in the commercial context) to which the IHE Integration Statement applies.
  3. The Product Version to which the IHE Integration Statement applies.
  4. A publication date and optionally a revision designation for the IHE Integration Statement.
  5. The following statement: “This product implements all transactions required in the IHE Technical Framework to support the IHE Integration Profiles, Actors and Options listed below:”
  6. A list of IHE Integration and Content Profiles supported by the product and, for each profile, a list of IHE actors supported. For each profile/actor combination, one or more of the options defined in the IHE Technical Framework may also be stated. Profiles, actors and options shall use the names defined by the IHE Technical Framework Volume 1. (Note: The vendor may also elect to indicate the version number of the Technical Framework referenced for each Profile.)

Note that implementation of the profile implies implementation of all required transactions for an actor as well as selected options.

The statement shall also include references and/or internet links to the following information:

  1. Specific internet address (or universal resource locator [URL]) where the vendor’s Integration Statements are posted
  2. URL where the vendor’s standards conformance statements (e.g., HL7, DICOM, etc.) relevant to the IHE transactions implemented by the product are posted.
  3. URL of the IHE Initiative’s web page for general IHE information https://www.ihe.net.

An IHE Integration Statement is not intended to promote or advertise aspects of a product not directly related to its implementation of IHE capabilities.

F.2 Format of an IHE Integration Statement

Each Integration Statement shall follow the format shown in the following table. Vendors may add a cover page and any necessary additional information in accordance with their product documentation policies.

Table F.2-1: IHE Integration Statement

IHE Integration Statement
Vendor Product Name Version Date
Any Medical Systems Co. IntegrateRAD V2.3 2017-02-15
This product implements all transactions required in the IHE Technical Framework to support the IHE profiles, actors and options listed below.
Profiles Implemented Actors Implemented Options Implemented
Scheduled Workflow Image Manager/Image Archive None
Image Display None
Evidence Creator Creator Performed Procedure Step
Order Filler PPS Exception Management
Simple Image and Numeric Report Report Creator None

Internet address for vendor’s IHE information: www.anymedicalsystemsco.com/ihe

Links to Standards Conformance Statements for the Implementation
HL7 www.anymedicalsystemsco.com/hl7
DICOM www.anymedicalsystemsco.com/dicom/integrateRAD.pdf

Links to general information about IHE worldwide: http://ihe.net/IHE_Worldwide