Annual IHE Connectathon Tests Validate OptumInsight Technologies’ Ability to Enable a More Connected Health System

January 30, 2012
  • Tests confirm that OptumInsight innovations support Health IT Interoperability, which is essential to providing better-coordinated, higher-quality patient care

OptumInsight’s health information exchange and computer-assisted coding solutions have achieved the highest industry standards for enabling health system interoperability at the annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon. Tests performed at the event validated the abilities of OptumInsight’s advanced health care technologies to help connect health care stakeholders and support better-coordinated, higher-quality patient care.

The annual IHE Connectathon promotes the adoption of IHE standards-based interoperability in commercially available health care IT systems. During the event, participating companies subjected their technologies to a series of tests of their abilities to connect and securely exchange information with other suppliers. The technologies must successfully complete IHE Profiles, meaning they process all the transactions for their respective roles in support of defined clinical-use cases.

Success in these tests is an important indicator that participating applications can support physicians, hospitals and other groups in state, regional and national health networks as they connect, share information and collaborate to enhance patient care and care outcomes.

OptumInsight completed testing of its Axolotl Open Access Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform for the following IHE integration profiles, which are cornerstones for enabling secure health information exchange:

  • XDS.b (Cross Document Sharing-b) registration, distribution and access to health documents across health organizations
  • PIXv3 (Patient Identifier Cross-Reference HL7 V3) patient identity cross-reference manager services
  • PDQv3 (Patient Demographic Query HL7 V3 profile) patient demographic supplier
  • XCA (Cross Community Access) record locator services to query for documents across a health community
  • XCPD (Cross Community Patient Discovery) locate patient information across a health community

In addition, the company successfully demonstrated interoperability of its A-Life computer assisted coding solution via the HL7 CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) standard. This solution, powered by Optum’s patented LifeCode® natural language processing (NLP) technology, enriches CDA documents with standardized ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition), CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) and HCPCS Level II (Healthcare Common Procedure Codes, Level II) codes.

"OptumInsight is committed to delivering technologies that make it easier and simpler for health professionals to connect, share information and collaborate to enhance patient care and improve the way the health system works,” said Tom Boehning, senior vice president, OptumInsight. “The Connectathon tests validate that our solutions advance interoperability across local, regional and national health information networks, in support of those objectives."

OptumInsight will demonstrate its solutions and capabilities that support health system interoperability at the Interoperability Showcase of the Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 21-24 in Las Vegas.

For more information about Axolotl IHE integration can be found here.

About Optum
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Optum is comprised of three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx – representing over 30,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health system, improve overall population health and build Sustainable Health Communities. Visit for more information. 

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