Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardization

The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardization (JIC) is formed to further the important role of health informatics standards to:

» Enable interoperability of information and processes across health domains;

» Support the timely, efficient delivery of safe, coordinated, accountable, high-quality health services to individuals, communities and populations;

» Facilitate effective global markets for health information systems.

The JIC recognizes:

» The demand for more organized, collaborative and efficient approaches to health informatics standards development that deliver a more coherent, comprehensive, and coordinated set of readily implementable health informatics standards;

» The importance of consistency across health informatics standards and the need for collaboration in their development to ensure semantic interoperability across health processes and between health information systems;

» That health informatics standardization is supported by a community of experts that works within and across various health informatics standards development organizations (SDOs).

International Collaboration for Digital Health Standards

April 11, 2019

It is widely accepted that the adoption of standards is a foundational element essential to effective digital health. Today's health care demands extensive sharing of information amongst clinicians, across organizations and geographies, and also with the patient, all of which would be impossible without the use of standards. With the increasing globalization of digital health comes the equally increasing need to use internationally developed standards.


Joint Initiative Council Releases Inaugural Standards Set for Patient Summary

London, United Kingdom - In April 2015, the Joint Initiative Council (JIC), a collaborative of 8 international digital health standards development organisations, set its strategic direction and agreed upon the following goal:

"The JIC will contribute to better global patient health outcomes by providing strategic leadership in the specification of sets of implementable standards for health information sharing."

Charged with operationalizing this goal, the JIC identified the need to develop a number of relevant use case-focused Standards Sets. Standards Sets follow the working definition of a coherent collection of standards and standards artefacts that support a specific use case, and the first Standards Set the JIC prioritized for completion is the Patient Summary.

Through a collaborative development process drawing upon international subject matter expertise, JIC membership and public consultation, a JIC coordination group has developed the Patient Summary Standards Set for immediate release. This Standards Set and its supporting documents are predominantly geared at vendors, healthcare organisations and governments/policy makers who are exploring ways of developing and implementing Patient Summaries.

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