HIMSS Call to Action to Achieve Nationwide, Ubiquitous, Secure Electronic Exchange of Health Information
In this Call to Action, HIMSS asserts that we must achieve secure, appropriate, and ubiquitous data access and electronic exchange of health information, and provides guiding principles to inform health policy and spur our nation’s health sector to action.
The Call to Action was approved by the HIMSS North America Board of Directors on Friday, October 6, 2017.
HIMSS is continually working to provide crucial tools for the advancement of semantic interoperability and standards-based health information technology systems that lead to meaningful health information exchange. Through our active volunteer groups, which fall under the Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee, we are engaging industry leaders year-round to develop the tools and resources you need!
We invite you to discover our resource library comprised of resources created by our volunteer groups that work to further better health through information and technology advocacy and education on the topics of standards-based interoperability and health information exchange.
Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data such that a user can understand it. In order to ensure interoperability, the use of standards enable data to be shared across disparate healthcare settings regardless of the application or vendor.
Health information exchange [HIE] - both the noun and the verb - is a dynamic and evolving landscape. HIE is critical for successful healthcare reform, enabling interoperability and meaningful use of health IT, and HIMSS is here to help healthcare and health information and technology professionals understand all of the latest developments.
Through our active volunteer groups, such as our Interoperability & HIE Community and the Interoperability & HIE Committee, we are engaging industry leaders year-round to develop the tools and resources you need!