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Implementing ITK training course

Number of Days: 2 days, 09:30 to 17:00. Lunch is included. Your instructor is available during lunch and from 17:00-18:00 for informal discussions about your specific area of interest or applications.

This training has not been scheduled this year; it is only provided upon request.

Additional Information/Registration: Call +31 337630636, or e-mail us at Training@ringholm.com.

This training is also available on-site upon request.

Additional Information: Call +31 33 7 630 636, or e-mail us at Training@Ringholm.com.

Number of Attendees per Class: Max 25.

Summary of course content: The ITK describes how one can leverage HL7/IHE standards, and Spine Mini Services, to provide local interoperability. This training course focuses on the two workflow-areas detailed in the ITK: patient demographics and correspondence. It also covers the infrastructure that is used to exchange the messages or documents that are part of these two workflow-areas.

Who Should Attend: This training course is aimed at NHS users/trusts and vendors, i.e. those that need to implement ITK, and/or those that intent to bid as a response to the NHS calls bids for project funding.

Goals of the training course: Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the key components of the ITK.
  • Use the documentation to locate relevant content, and be able locate the associated NHS e-learning materials.
  • Create a bid in response to the NHS's calls bids for project funding.
  • Prepare for the implementation of the ITK.

Prerequisites: The attendees are assumed to have a working knowledge of HL7 version 2. The attendees should download the ITK prior to the course. You are referred to TRUD and the NHS TRUD self-teaching video for details. Knowledge of HL7 version 3 (and CDA) is not required, the first 2 hours of this training course will cover the core elements of the HL7 version 3 standard.
Attendees may wish to attend the companion HL7 version 3 und CDA training course (should they require more detailed knowledge of HL7 version 3), and/or the HL7 version 2 training course (should they not posess the prerequisite knowledge of HL7 version 2).


  1. HL7 version 3 introduction and overview - preparation to understand CDA (2 hours)
  2. Overview and introduction of the ITK
    • History of the ITK and its role in terms of providing local interoperability
    • ITK organisational aspects
    • Role of the ITK (and IHE/HL7) in supporting trust workflows
  3. Patient identity management and demographics
    • Overall view on demographics requirements/workflows, IHE PIX/PDQ profiles
    • HL7 version 2 messages as used by PAS/MPI, notifications and queries
    • HL7 version 3 based ITK Mini Services, mapping to HL7 version 2
  4. Finding your way around the documentation
    • Structure of the documentation, walkthrough
    • Exercise
  5. Infrastructure
    • Core architecture
    • The ITK messaging stack (Transport, Distribution Envelope, Payload)
    • The end-to-end infrastructure acknowledgement framework
  6. Correspondence
    • Overall view on e-Document/correspondence requirements/workflows, IHE XDS profile
    • Generic overview of CDA and greenCDA
    • ITK CDA implementation guides
    • Infrastructure: ITK "SendDocument" message
  7. Conformance and Accreditation
    • HL7 conformance testing
    • Testbench and other conformance testing tools
    • General principles of the accreditation process

Course Materials: Ringholm will provide each participant with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials.

Faculty: Rene Spronk (and/or other tutors, depending on the location and the number of attendees of the training course).


About Ringholm bv

Ringholm bv is a group of European experts in the field of messaging standards and systems integration in healthcare IT. We provide the industry's most advanced training courses and consulting on healthcare information exchange standards.
See http://www.ringholm.com or call +31 33 7 630 636 for additional information.