Types of Standards

A wide range of standards exist to drive interoperability of electronic health information. Health data standards can be grouped into four specific categories: transport, vocabulary, content, and privacy/security standards. Each of these types of standards are further defined below. Visit their links for more information on the specific standards within each category, and additional resources to better understand their implementation and use.

ONC’s Interoperability Standards Advisory provides a robust list of available and emerging standards to leverage for a variety of interoperability needs and use cases. Learn more about this resource and HIMSS’s involvement in its review.