Testing Tools

IHE has developed a growing body of software tools to facilitate testing and implementation of IHE Integration Profiles in healthcare information technology systems. These tools are available for download and licensed by their developers for free use. The links below point to sources with further information and direct access to download the tools.

A profile-by-profile Index to Pre-Connectathon Test Software is available here.

A more general list of useful tools and tool kits, many of which are used for different aspects of IHE testing, was assembled by IHE Europe as part of the HITCH project.

 

Gazelle

Developer: University of Rennes, INRIA, Kereval

URL: http://gazelle.ihe.net/

Contact: Eric Poiseau

Licensing: Open Source (with attribution requirement)

Development Platform: JBoss/Seam

Delivery Method: Web Portal

Description: Gazelle is the main testing management tool used for IHE Connectathons. It incorporates a suite of validation tools for specific IHE profiles.

Profiles and Constructs: Manages testing of all profiles. Simulators for individual profiles are being added over time.

 

Test Plans License

URL: https://www.ihe.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/LICENSE-AGREEMENT-AND-TERMS-OF-USE.pdf

 

MESA

Developer: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University

URL: http://ihedoc.wustl.edu/mesasoftware/11.11.0/dist/index.htm

Contact:

Licensing: Open Source (with attribution requirement)

Development Platform: C++/PERL/Java

Delivery Method: Application/Server/Command Line

Description: MESA is the main body of the current generation of IHE Test Tools developed at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University in St. Louis. Version 11.11.0 is the latest public release of the software created by MIR to support testing during the 2007-2008 annual testing cycle.

Profiles and Constructs:

 

HL7 V2 Toolkit

Developer: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

URL: http://hl7v2tools.nist.gov/

Contact:

Licensing: Public Domain

Development Platform: Java

Delivery Method: Java API, Web Services, Desktop Application, Web Application

Description: NIST has developed a set of tools, focusing mainly on Cross-enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) and related Integration Profiles.

Profiles and Constructs:

 

EVS Message Validation Toolkit

Developer: INRIA

URL: http://gazelle.ihe.net/EVSClient/

Contact: Eric Poiseau

Licensing: Apache 2.0

Development Platform: Java

Delivery Method: Java API, Web Services, Web Application

Description: INRIA developped for IHE Europe, HL7 V2 message profiles for all the HL7 V2 messages defined within IHE. More than 150 profiles are now available for download. The EVSClient is a web application that can be used to call the Gazelle External Validation Services. The tool allows users to call the EVS defined by NIST, and INRIA for the validation of Dicom, HL7V2, HL7V3, SAML assertions, Audit Messages and CDA documents.

Profiles and Constructs: All profiles that uses HL7 V2 messages, HL7 V3 messages, SAML Assertions, Audit Messages, CDA documents and Dicom objects

 

XDS Toolkit

Developer: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

URL: http://ihexds.nist.gov

Contact: Bill Majurski (bill_AT_nist_._gov)

Licensing: Public Domain

Development Platform: Java

Delivery Method: Java API, Web Services, Desktop Application, Web Application

Description: NIST has developed a set of tools, focusing on Cross-enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) and related Integration Profiles.

Profiles and Constructs: XDS.b, XCA, Metadata Update, MPQ, XDR, XDM

 

XDS-I and PIX/PDQv3 Testing Tools

Developer: École de technologie supérieure, University of Quebec

URL: http://ihe.etsmtl.ca/

Contact: Rita Noumeir

Licensing: Public Domain

Development Platform: Java

Delivery Method: Download test application / HL7 v3 schemas and sample messages

Description: The École de technologie supérieure has developed a set of tools focusing on the Cross-enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I), Patient Identity Cross-reference (PIXv3) and Patient Demographic Query (PDQv3) HL7 version 3 profiles.

Profiles and Constructs: Cross-enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I), Patient Identity Cross-reference HL7 version 3 (PIXv3), Patient Demographic Query HL7 version 3 (PDQv3)

 

DICOMScope Visualization Tools (MESA Tools for Consistent Presentation of Images)

Developer: O-Tech, Kuratorium OFFIS, e. V. and the Institute for Microtherapy

URL: http://dicom.offis.de/dscope.php.en , Latest binary package: ftp://dicom.offis.de/pub/dicom/offis/software/mesa_cpi/release_2004/

Contact: OFFIS DICOM discussion forum [1]

Licensing: Free (BSD) with disclaimer: Not for clinical use

Development Platform: Primarily Windows, but can be compiled on Linux and Solaris as well.

Delivery Method: Download desktop application (Windows installer)

Description: DICOMscope is a free DICOM viewer which can display uncompressed, monochrome DICOM images from all modalities and which supports monitor calibration according to DICOM part 14 as well as presentation states. DICOMscope and the various DICOMscope support tools can be used to test all CPI actors, both softcopy and hardcopy.

Profiles Tested: Consistent Presentation of Images (CPI), also for Secure Node/Secure Application actors.

 

Portable Data for Imaging Disk Validator

Developer: Northwestern University

URL: http://ihedoc.wustl.edu/mesasoftware/11.11.0/dist/index.htm

Contact: Pat Mongkolwat, Northwestern University

Licensing: Public Domain

Development Platform: C#

Delivery Method: Download Windows installer

Description: IHE Portable Data for Imaging (PDI) Media Creator test application is implemented based on the IHE technical framework volume I chapter 15 and volume III Appendix E, revision 6. The PDI media tester software is easy to use and provide sufficient information of any IHE PDI compliance violations.

Profiles Tested: Portable Data for Imaging (PDI)

 

IHE-RO Test Tools

Developer: ICT Embedded BV, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

URL: http://www.dvtk.org/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=IHE+Downloads&cmenu=downloads

Contact:

Licensing: Public Domain

Development Platform: DICOM Validation Tool Kit (DVTK)

Delivery Method: DVTK Definition files/Reference Data/Test Cases

Description: The IHE-RO Test Tools are based on the DVTK platform (www.DVTK.org) and developed under contract to ASTRO by ICT Embedded, BV, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The first release of these tools, supporting the IHE-RO Basic Integration Profile, was released in January, 2008. Additional tools to support 2008 IHE-RO profiles are currently in development.

Profiles and Constructs: IHE-RO Basic Integration Profile

 

Laika

Developer: MITRE Corporation

URL: http://laika.sourceforge.net/

Contact:

Licensing: Apache 2.0

Development Platform:

Delivery Method: Web Service

Description:

Profiles and Constructs: HITSP C32, IHE XDS-MS

Test Tools by Profile and Actor

The list of tools above gives you the location of the software and a general description of the scope of the tools. For testing a specific IHE profile, you may find it helpful to use these links.

IHE Tools by Profile lists each Integration Profile and provides links to the software and documentation.

IHE Tools by Actor lists each IHE Actor with links to the software and documentation.

In some cases you will find that two different software implementations are used to test a single actor.