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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The delivery of high quality and efficient health care while improving outcomes remains a critical goal of every health system across the globe. Significant progress has been made in the past ten years towards achieving this goal. However, due to a lack of interoperable data and information exchange, health systems and personalized care applications have been impeded from the accelerated innovation and disruption that has fueled other industries.
The emergence of HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) has energized the health informatics community. Recognizing this unprecedented opportunity, HIMSS, HL7 International and IHE International will form the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability, dedicated to help coordinate, support, and advance digital health efficiency and innovation based on interoperability standards.
The primary goal of this Consortium is to coordinate the implementation of effective health data standards on a global scale, with goals to accelerate the development and adoption of open, standards-based APIs in healthcare, define an on-ramp for exchange via APIs and support the establishment of implementation communities around the world. To achieve this, the Consortium will convene stakeholder organizations such as national government agencies, provider health systems, leading technology market suppliers and medical device manufacturers.
The Consortium will seek to expedite progress toward interoperability across the entire health ecosystem by:
The Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability works collaboratively with stakeholders across the healthcare industry to gain an understanding of the critical interoperability opportunities and challenges they face through the Consortium's Listening Session series. The goals of these listening sessions are to:
The following listening sessions provide updates from a variety of stakeholders on the front lines of the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Vaccine Credentialing: Global Initiatives and Implications (May 2021)
The development and adoption of health data exchange standards takes place everyday around the globe. Thousands of individuals in countries on almost all of the continents come together to build consensus around the optimal approach to the specific technological actions needed to get the right data where it needs to be to support healthcare delivery.
Explore below how the Consortium is currently accelerating standards adoption.
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.
Help advance standards adoption. Learn more about upcoming HIMSS, IHE International and HL7 International Events:
2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition
Date: August 9-13, 2021 | Las Vegas
COVID-19 Vaccination Credentialing: Global Initiatives & Implications
Monday, May 10. 2021 | 11:00 AM CDT/6:00 PM CET
Nations around the world work diligently to respond to the COVID-19 global health emergency and rapidly implement some of the most wide-reaching public health programs in human history. Impactful health data interoperability of vaccination information at a global scale has taken on a new sense of urgency for us all. As nations, states and individuals grapple with the development, implement and use of vaccine credentialing technologies, this Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability listening session will bring together stakeholders from the three major global vaccination credentialing initiatives to discuss current milestones, potential barriers to use and the appropriate governance in the management of this vital vaccination information. Join representatives from the European Commission’s Digital Green Certificate, WHO’s Smart Vaccination Certificate Working Group and the United States’ Vaccination Credential Initiative as they share their experiences working to support the largest mass vaccination program ever attempted. Register here
Global Action begins with global understanding. Share your insights and feedback with the Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability through the surveys listed below.
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