This site supports the IHE effort in Document Sharing as part of the IT Infrastructure Domain with testing, tools, and technical expertise.


This server is operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in support of Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) and related profiles published by Integrating the Healthcare Environment (IHE). This family of profiles is now referred to as Document Sharing.

This test facility is based on the IHE IT Infrastructure Technical Framework.

All testing done against this facility is considered conformance testing: testing against a reference. The primary goal of IHE is interoperability testing where implementations are tested against other implementations. Conformance testing always preceeds interoperability testing. Interoperability testing in IHE takes place at IHE Connectathons.

Tools Overview

Public Registry Server

A service run on the Internet that is a testing reference for the XDS.b profile and parts of the XCA profile. This server offers a reference for testing clients, actors that initiate network connections with a partner.

The Public Registry is available for local use in two forms: binary downlaod and VMWare download. See the link to Downloads (above).

XDS Toolkit

A downloadable tool that contains a large number of tools within it. It is intended to operate in a developer's lab so that concerns about firewalls and Internet access do not interupt testing. It is packaged as a Web ARchive (WAR) file and can be run on any Servlet container (Tomcat, Jetty, etc.). We currently use Tomcat 7. We have heard reports that using other servlet containers may require moving some JAR files to operate correctly.

Toolkit can be downloaded from here.

The release notes are found here.

We host an Internet copy of toolkit here.

Discussion of this tool is done on the XDS Implementers mailing list. Membership can be requested via here.

Open source

The sources for this test facility are available as open source. See the side tray for links.


This test facility covers the testing of the following IHE Profiles and Supplements:


XDS Implementers mailing list

Bill Majurski
bill At nist doT gov
bmajur At gmail DOT com