Additional Initiatives

HIMSS is aligned with and/or recognizes a number of organizations working toward standards-based interoperability leading to health information exchange. Follow the links below for more information on each of these groups.

To review other organizations that are driving adoption of nationwide interoperable solutions, check out the HIMSS Interoperability Initiatives Environmental Scan.



Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA (IHE USA) improves the quality, value, and safety of healthcare by enabling rapid, scalable, and secure access to health information at the point of care.


HIMSS along with the American Heart Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), and DHX Group formed a new multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps). The collaboration, along with a diverse membership, will leverage the insights of clinicians, patients and industry experts to help improve patient care and increase access to data.

Continua Design Guidelines

PCHAlliance publishes and promotes the Continua Design Guidelines, the only open implementation framework for authentic, end-to-end interoperability of personal connected health devices and systems.

HIMSS Immunization Integration Program

Supported by CDC, the Immunization Integration Program (IIP) is a collaborative effort of HIMSS, Drummond Group and Chickasaw Health Consulting, LLC, to use electronic health records (EHRs) and other clinical software to improve U.S. immunization rates, which are linked to better health outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and higher clinician productivity.


For more information on the standards created by the numerous Standards Development Organizations operating within the health IT ecosystem, visit Types of Standards.