Additional Organizations

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.


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.

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

Below are a few of the ongoing efforts by organizations to achieve ubiquitous, secure and interoperable health information exchange. This will be updated as new initiatives are identified in the health IT community.

CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to achieving cross-vendor interoperability that assures provider access to health data regardless of where care occurs. Members believe that provider access to this data must be built into health IT at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the people they serve.


DirectTrust is a collaborative non-profit association of health IT and health care provider organizations to support secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols. DirectTrust has created a “trust framework” that supports both provider-to-provider Direct exchange and bi-directional exchange between consumers/patients and their providers.


The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) is a not-for-profit membership association focused on enabling trusted exchange among organizations and individuals with differing regulatory environments and exchange preferences. NATE brings the expertise of its membership and other stakeholders together to find common solutions that optimize the appropriate exchange of health information for greater gains in technology adoption and improvement of patient outcomes.

Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) chartered to advance the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. It supports two major interoperability initiatives, the eHealth Exchange and Carequality.


The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) is a non-profit national consortium of statewide, regional and community health information exchanges (HIEs) and a trade association that assists our member organizations through the exchange of ideas and business practices as well as through public education and advocacy. The Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) is an initiative from SHIEC to provide a cost-effective, scalable method of exchanging patient data among health information exchanges (HIEs).


Stemming from a collaboration of pharmacy associations, SureScripts is an alliance of organizations and associations aiming to build a national network to connect clinicians, EHRs, hospitals, PBMs, pharmacies and technology vendors that works to provide comprehensive patient information at the point of care.