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ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics

ISO/TC (Technical Committee) 215 is the global digital health and informatics standards body, leading the way for coherent and consistent exchange and use of health data, information, and knowledge to support and enable all aspects of the health system. With ISO representing over 160 countries and TC 215 having 66 participating and observing countries, we play a vital international role in enabling the global reach of health information systems to collect information, exchange it seamlessly, and protect its security and privacy, while making it widely available for authorised access by many potential users including patients and those who care for them, researchers, regulators, and funders/payers.

In Canada the development of such standards is governed through the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), with a mirror committee to the international TC215 chaired by an elected, volunteer member of the Canadian Digital Health community (currently Elizabeth Keller, with Vice-Chairs Beverly Knight and Finnie Flores) and co-funded for meetings by SCC and Canada Health Infoway.  Currently there are over 45 volunteer Canadian experts in health care and digital health from across Canada helping to lead, develop and review new global ISO standards.  The committee is a strong community of Canadian standards experts, developers and contributors, was honoured by winning the SCC award for most collaborative committee (all industries) in 2018 and is recognized and widely respected on the international stage. 

Read the full list of relevant examples of ISO/TC 215 and SC1 standards and initiatives.

Read more details in this Introduction to ISO TC/215 in Canada.

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