Joint Initiative on SDO Global Health Informatics Standardization

The Joint Initiative on SDO Global Health Informatics Standardization is formed to enable common, timely health informatics standards by addressing and resolving issues of gaps, overlaps, and counterproductive standardization efforts through:

» A mutually agreed upon and used decision process for international standardization needs;

» Coordinated standards strategies and plans, with the future goal of making all standards available through ISO;

» An integrated work program; and

» Focused, specific resolution of overlapping or counteracting standards within the participating SDOs existing work programs.

This Council, operating as a council of equals and as a liaison group under ISO/TC 215, consists of the respective leaders and appointed liaison members of the participating SDOs to a maximum of 3 members per SDO.


Call for Review: JIC Patient Summary Standards Set (draft 0.2) – September 2017

In April 2015, the JIC discussed 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.

The JIC agreed to operationalise this goal by developing 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. These use cases and accompanying recommendations are developed for national and international use.

The intent of a Standards Set is to provide guidance about standards, standards artefacts and profiles that meet agreed criteria, for a specific Use Case. It does not recommend a single or specific implementation for a particular topic. Rather, the intent is to provide sufficient detail to enable different stakeholders to choose the standards, standards artefacts and profiles most suited to satisfying their requirements/Use Case. The Standards Set is free for use and developed in line with best practice such as the work in ISO TC 215 on the Reference Standards Portfolio (RSP). This first Standards Set the JIC has focused on is the ‘Patient Summary’ and the JIC Foundation Scope and Purpose Report was published late 2015 to initially describe the work.

A JIC coordination group, drawing on international SMEs and JIC membership, has developed this draft Patient Summary Standards Set. This is a ‘living’ document with a very detailed use case, intended to be maintained and updated based on feedback, along with evolution and emergence of new standards and related artefacts. It has also enabled the JIC to develop processes which can be shared and reused for other specific use cases.

At this time, the JIC is seeking feedback on the draft document until 27 October 2017, ahead of sign off by JIC to publish in November 2017, supported by an on-going maintenance and update approach and schedule. JIC particularly welcomes feedback from vendors, healthcare organisations and governments/policy makers who are exploring ways of developing and implementing Patient Summaries.

The JIC is requesting feedback that:

  • Is within the scope of the detailed Use Case
  • Comments on readability and consistency
  • Identifies any errors of fact
  • Identifies gaps or unnecessary information

A feedback form will be provided to you along with the Patient Summary Standards Set document as the mechanism through which you can contribute your feedback. You may also want to review the ‘Standards Categorization for identifying and analysing the Standards in a Standards Set’, which can be linked to here. Your contribution will enable the JIC to enhance and update the document ahead of its first publication in November 2017.

If you wish to participate in the review of the draft JIC Patient Summary Standards Set, or learn more about the work, please contact Jane Millar at

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