ICA Launches ICAetc as Free Forum for Vendors to Test Interoperability

Forum Will Allow Industry-Wide Open Testing and Verifiability of Interactions between Numerous Systems Currently in Place in Hospitals and Health Facilities

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ICA (www.icainformatics.com), a leading provider of interoperability technology that enables health information exchange (HIE), announced the launch of ICAetc, a free and open forum for software vendors to test the interoperability of their programs with the goal of ensuring that multiple disparate systems are able to connect and communicate.

“The ICAetc test center was created to help foster the adoption of XDS.b and other IHE protocols by providing a free XDS infrastructure that is readily available to other vendors for testing XDS.b and CCD compatibility,” said Tim Dunnington, Director of Interoperability at ICA. “Vendors and IHE implementers of all types are invited to join the community, and work together to ensure interoperability among their applications.”

ICA is providing the open environment as well as an installation of CareAlign® CareExchange, its interoperability infrastructure based on cross-enterprise document sharing (XDS), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and The Direct Project. Vendors from across the health information technology (HIT) community are invited to join the network. Once in the network, these vendors can test with ICA or with any other participating vendor they choose. ICAetc also includes a community portal to allow vendors to ask questions, share experiences, and help each other achieve success in interoperability. ICA will be staffing ICAetc to facilitate the information exchange as the forum grows and becomes utilized by HIT vendors nationwide. Current participants include Allscripts, Askesis Development Group, AthenaHealth, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, eMDs, Meditech, NextGen, Orion and Sage Healthcare Division.

About ICA

ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive health information exchange (HIE) and care management solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. This patient-centered modular approach offers immediate value and return-on-investment through the delivery of clinical information to the point-of-care improving quality while reducing costs. The solution suite, or volume set, includes CareAlign CareExchange, CareConnect, CareCollaborate, CareMeasure and CareManage. Each volume provides the technology necessary to progressively exchange clinical information, increase care collaboration and manage healthcare risk across the continuum of care with the goal of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs. Visit www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: @icainformatics; and Facebook.


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