Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability

Advancing digital health efficiency and innovation through interoperability deployment at the patient point of care


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About the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability

The Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability enables national governmental agencies, health systems and their stakeholders to leverage emerging interoperability standards and the latest implementation guidance to achieve better, lower-cost health outcomes by decreasing barriers and accelerating the rapid, coordinated, efficient deployment of next-generation, API-based interoperable standards.

Unique in the healthcare industry, the Consortium convenes stakeholders around the world to share validated, scalable interoperability best practices at the point of care to:

  • Support the implementation of safe, usable and effective health data standards
  • Accelerate the development and adoption of secure and open standards-based APIs
  • Define an on-ramp for exchange via APIs
  • Facilitate the establishment of implementation communities around the world

National government agencies; health systems and their associated clinicians; non-governmental organizations such as standards development organizations; industry and patient-focused, caused-based associations; and market suppliers such as IT software/hardware and medical device developers are welcome to participate in the Consortium.

Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability Convenes COVID-19 Listening Sessions

The Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability is working collaboratively with other organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating the deployment of healthcare standards to quickly and efficiently share critical patient information and to meet pressing interoperability needs for healthcare providers and public health professionals around the globe.

The Consortium is taking a multi-pronged approach by convening listening sessions with key stakeholders. These sessions will help clinicians and public health agencies around the world leverage critical existing resources and respond to this global emergency. Sessions are designed to:

  • Ensure a clearer understanding of the unique immediate and longer-term challenges that health systems and clinicians are facing fighting COVID-19.
  • Inform the development of use cases and associated requirements to drive the buildout of digital resources for front-line clinicians and public health agencies to utilize in their efforts to combat this virus and possibly forestall future pandemics.
  • Convene digital health experts to advise on best practices for applying existing HL7 specifications and IHE profiles within health information systems to support clinicians and public health organizations in responding to this pandemic.
  • Focus on gathering real-world input that, together with more formal testing, can lead to improved standards-based solutions that can be more rapidly deployed in the future to reduce the impact of future health crises.
The Consortium is curating a series of three initial COVID-19 listening sessions to help raise awareness, reduce duplicative efforts, focus industry resources, and share actionable insights from key stakeholders involved in the global pandemic response. We have updated the schedule for these listening sessions and are reaching out to share the updated schedule with you.

  • Session 1 Focus – Clinical Care: Clinicians and Provider Organizations on the Frontline of COVID-19: Data exchange needs and pain points Wednesday, April 29th at 1:00-2:30 PM CT.
  • Session 2 Focus - Technology: HIT Professionals and Market Suppliers – Accelerating Interoperability by Leveraging Existing Resources Wednesday, May 27th at 2:00-3:30 PM CT.
  • Session 3 Focus – Policy: How Governments and Ministries of Health are Working with the Industry to Respond to COVID Wednesday, July 29th at 2:00-3:30 PM CT. Register Here.

Why a consortium now?

The delivery of high-quality, efficient healthcare remains a significant challenge across the globe. Healthcare has yet to experience the kind of interoperability that has already fueled innovation and disruption in other industries. Despite the progress that has been made to improve health outcomes, a lack of interoperable data formats, incomplete information exchange across the continuum of care, and business governance that inhibits data interoperability all diminish the ability to more widely impact better outcomes, stifling increased innovation in the healthcare marketplace.

HIMSS, HL7 International and IHE International together believe an entity like the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability can activate digital health efficiency and innovation on the ground by deploying validated, scalable, data-sharing technologies and processes to support best practices at the point of care and beyond. The consortium will act as a coordinating point for the global healthcare community to help accelerate the adoption of next-generation, API-based standards to support increased interoperability around the world.

What will the consortium do?

  • Create a trusted environment. It will offer a way to convene a diverse set of stakeholders to share lessons learned from failures, best practices learned from successes, adoption metrics that drive action on the ground, and guidance to inform standards-based health IT interoperability product development. It will share its findings publicly with the broader community to help support healthcare interoperability implementers globally, and it will encourage its participants to do the same.
  • Share actionable knowledge. It will provide a venue to convene key actors from across the care continuum to efficiently share use cases and implementation guide development among different participants. Input sessions will be held throughout the year at the HIMSS Global Health Conference and other broadly attended, regional healthcare and health information and technology events to share ways to support internal roadmaps and manage interoperability strategy planning.
  • Drive continuous improvement. It will support its participants by creating a space for them to share their test plans and validated use cases, implementation guides and best practices to further educate developers, as well as provide interoperability testing services for market suppliers to assess, test and explore new opportunities that apply to current and emerging health IT. The consortium will enhance health systems’ and clinicians’ own real-world interoperability testing initiatives through testing tool guidance and live event participation like connectathons.
  • Accelerate progress. It will share practical, real-world testing tools and practices from across the globe with its participants and the wider community to accelerate the deployment of key use cases and implementation guides at the point of care. Participants will develop use cases, support the recruitment of testing partners, coordinate meetings and events, and ensure timely global feedback into the standards development process to inform and update organizational roadmaps, drive strategic decisions and help efficiently allocate resources to accelerate standards-based information exchange development.

Founding Organizations

HIMSS

HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology. As a mission-driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology. Through its innovation engine, HIMSS delivers key insights, education and engaging events to healthcare providers, governments and market suppliers, ensuring they have the right information at the point of decision.

HL7 International

Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7 is supported by more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms.

IHE International

IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.


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Interested in seeing how the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability can support your organization, region or country to achieve better, lower-cost health outcomes through interoperability deployment at the patient point of care? Complete the below form and a Consortium member will reach out with more information.