The American Health Information Management Association [AHIMA] is proud to serve as the ANSI-delegated Secretariat to ISO/Technical Committee 215-Heath Informatics and as Administrator of the United States Technical Advisory Group (US TAG), the delegation representing the US to ISO/TC215.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. Working as a global federation, ISO brings together public and private sectors in nearly 200 countries to create consensus standards that provide business, government, and society with practical tools for economic, environmental, and social development. To date, over 19,000 ISO standards represent the work of more than 260 technical committees (TCs) in manufacturing, technology, security, pharmaceuticals, and many more, including health informatics. Global health informatics standards are developed under ISO/TC215-Health informatics, for which AHIMA serves as delegated Secretariat. To date, ISO/TC215 has developed over 100 Health informatics standards which are available for purchase via the ISO website or the ANSI eStandards Store.
About ISO/Technical Committee [TC] 215-Health Informatics
Established in 1998, ISO/TC215 has expanded its composition and influence, currently representing more than 30 Participating voting member countries [P-members], 23 Observing member countries [O-members], and 22 Liaison organizations. The mission of ISO/TC215 is to improve compatibility and interoperability between EHRs, PHRs, medical devices, and other products and technologies. ISO/TC215 focuses on standardization in the field of health informatics, to facilitate the coherent and consistent interchange and use of health-related data, information, and knowledge to support and enable all aspects of the health system, with specific focus on:
ISO/TC215 Working Groups (WGs) and Joint Working Groups (JWGs)
About the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to ISO/TC215
The U.S. participates in ISO through the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (US TAGs). US TAGs formulate positions and proposals on behalf of the United States with response to ISO standardization activities and provide the delegates and experts who represent the U.S. at meetings of the respective international ISO Technical Committees, Subcommittees and Working Groups. ANSI has designated AHIMA as sponsor and Secretariat of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO/TC215.
The US TAG for ISO/TC215 casts the United States vote on all international health informatics standards and names experts to various working groups within subcommittees of ISO/TC215 ensuring that U.S. interests are considered in the development of international health informatics standards.
Join us! Opportunities for participation in the US TAG are a bit different from participation in ISO Technical Committee Working Groups in that TAGs accept membership applications from interested organizations that meet membership requirements.
US TAG members represent a wide range of stakeholder communities including providers, government agencies, standards development organizations, associations, vendors and individuals to help inform, develop, and support the work of the US delegation to ISO/TC215. US Government members include The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), provider members include Kaiser Permanente, and vendor members include Siemens and GE Healthcare. Membership and dues run on an annual calendar cycle [January-December]. To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHIMA has an exciting vision to support and grow the impact of ISO/TC215 and the US TAG, but we can’t do it alone - healthcare is a global community and ISO/TC215 and its US TAG exist because of supporters and volunteers who donate their valuable resources – people, money and time – to help make the vision of standards-based connected healthcare real.
Consider joining us – download the US TAG to ISO/TC215 membership application or contact email@example.com for more information.
U.S. Technical Advisory Group [US TAG] to ISO/TC215-Health Informatics
Join the US TAG and help shape the future of US health informatics
Why join the U.S. TAG? The answer is compelling. Use of globally developed standards is not just a noble idea such as “supporting world peace” — supporting standards is a smart bottom line business decision.
While the topic of standards may seem like an esoteric subject, nothing is further from the truth. Obvious or not, all are impacted by standards - from ensuring the strength and resilience of a bridge crossing a high bluff, ensuring the safety of medications or helping a company expand its potential to sell its health informatics products to a wider worldwide market, standards play a crucial role.
Increase ROI and competitiveness — Healthcare end users of all types, from practitioners using HIT to those that drive HIT purchasing decisions, increasingly choose standards-based products and services. As a result, health informatics vendors that choose to avoid or limit HIT standards in their products may find their future growth potential limited. Care providers that choose to limit their use of standards-based products increasingly find their ability to meet new mandates such as Meaningful Use and or opportunities to earn for increased payment limited.
Lead instead of follow — Entities that do not participate in standards development are often caught off guard by new mandates that require use of a particular standard. Ever uttered the phrase “Who comes up with these standards?” The answer is that there are people, SDO, companies and care providers like you that choose to engage in standards development and as a result, they get the unique opportunity to help shape the future of health informatics. If your experts are not at the table, then your organization cannot help guide future development. If you want a seat at the table to help inform and advocate for the future of health informatics, then join the US TAG. US TAG membership is a proven effective mechanism through which U.S. organizations and individuals can participate in and influence ISO standards development in their key areas of interest.
Areas of interest: ISO/TC215 covers a breadth of health informatics and the U.S. TAG has a working group for each.
U.S. TAG membership eligibility: U.S. TAG membership is open to all national interested parties who indicate that they are directly and materially affected by the activity of the TAG. A national interested party is any individual located in the U.S., representing an organization, company, government agency or themselves, including U.S. branch offices of foreign companies. Organizations may have up to four or five members [see membership level] but voting is one vote per member organization. All prospective membership applications are reviewed and voted upon by the TAG and a reasonable limit on the overall TAG size may be established. All requirements are covered in detail on the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC215 membership form.
The work and mission of the ISO/TC215 & U.S. TAG includes but is not limited to:
Join the leaders that support the US TAG to TC215 - a small sample of our 50+ US TAG members:
U.S. TAG Membership fees are annual and run from January to December.
About ISO/TC 215, the U.S. TAG to TC215 and AHIMA: ISO/TC215 is the health informatics technical committee to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from more than 145 countries, one from each country. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the U.S. representative. ANSI promotes the use of U.S. standards internationally, advocates U.S. policy and technical positions in international and regional standards organizations, and encourages the adoption of international standards as national standards where they meet the needs of the user community. AHIMA is the ANSI-delegated Secretariat for ISO/TC215 and ANSI-accredited administrator to the U.S. TAG
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Applications are welcome from prospective members who meet membership criteria, including making a commitment to engage as an active participant. Membership is open to all national interested parties* [see definition below] that indicate that they are directly and materially affected by the activity of the TAG.
The TAG’s process of developing U.S. positions seeks to be balanced providing opportunities for fair and equitable participation without dominance by any single interest. Each member organization may have up to four or five members [see membership level], but voting is conducted as one vote per member organization. All prospective membership applications are reviewed and voted upon by the TAG and a reasonable limit on the overall TAG size may be established if required to maintain overall TAG balance.
*Meets the definition of a “U.S. National Interested Party” via an entity directly and materially affected by the relevant standards activity:
Complete an Application: Complete the TAG membership application and display willingness to actively contribute to the TAG’s work agenda and pay an annual membership fee per calendar year (Jan 1–Dec 31).
Active Participation: ISO TC/215 U.S. TAG members are expected to participate actively by fulfilling attendance, voting, correspondence, financial and other obligations. The ISO/TC215 U.S TAG generally holds three (3) or four (4) meetings annually. Members are expected to participate, by phone and/or in person in at least 75% of the annual meetings, notwithstanding special circumstances communicated to the TAG Chair or Administrator by phone or email [email preferred].
ISO/TC215 international meetings: To attend as a member of the U.S. delegation to ISO international meetings, requires membership in the ISO/TC215 U.S. TAG AND attendence at two of the previous three regularly scheduled meetings. Attendance is taken at all U.S. TAG meetings.
Stakeholder Categories: On page one of the membership form, prospective members are asked to identify the category that best reflects the interest they represent.
Industry and commerce: manufacturers; producers; designers; service industries; distribution, warehousing and transport undertakings; retailers; insurers; banks and financial institutions; business and trade associations.
Government: international and regional treaty organizations and agencies; national government and local government departments and agencies, and all bodies that have a legally recognised regulatory function.
Consumers: national, regional and international consumer representation bodies, independent of any organization that would fall into the ‘industry and commerce’ category, or individual experts engaged from a consumer perspective.
Labor: international, regional, national and local trades unions and federations of trades unions and similar bodies the main purpose of which is to promote or safeguard the collective interests of employees in respect of their relationship with their employers. This does not include professional associations1.
Academic and research bodies: universities and other higher educational bodies or professional educators associated with them; professional associations1; research institutions.
Standards application: testing, certification and accreditation bodies2; organizations primarily devoted to promoting or assessing the use of standards.
Non-governmental organization (NGO): organizations that usually operate on a charitable, not-for-profit or non-profit distributing basis and that have a public interest objective related to social or environmental concerns. This category does not include political parties or other bodies whose main purpose is to achieve representation in government or governmental bodies.
1. Professional associations are regarded as:
2. ‘Accreditation’ refers to the accreditation of testing and certification bodies.