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The IHE PCD (that's the Integrated Health Enterprise, Patient Care Device) working group has extended the deadline for vendors to sign up to participate in the medical device Connectathon at the next HIMSS meeting. So far, there are four (4) vendors who have committed to sending data and two (2) committed to receiving data.

This is awfully disappointing. I could understand if vendors had to support 1073 to participate in the Connectathon - I mean who really supports 1073? But this first Connectathon is based on HL7, and there are lots of vendors with an HL7 data export server in their stables.

Come to think of it, there are more than 6 vendors on the IHE PCD working group! Hopefully more vendors will agree to participate now that the deadline has been pushed back to September 25th. If you'd like to participate and just don't have the bandwidth, let me know, maybe I can help out.

If anyone else has any thoughts about this abysmal turnout, feel free to share them in the comments below.