About PCHA



Personal Connected Health For All

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) is a strategic division of HIMSS working collaboratively to achieve personal connected health for all. PCHA works with industry, healthcare, public policy, research and advocacy groups to advance its vision for a world in which personal responsibility and positive behavior change are the norm and improved outcomes through technology is a reality.

PCHA members are industry icons and innovative, early stage companies including technology, medical device, consumer electronics and health care industry leaders and service providers, as well as government agencies from around the world.

PCHA advances its mission through five primary strategic endeavors:

  • Thought Leadership – driving the agenda and creating an evidence base
  • Convening – facilitating understanding and new partnerships between stakeholders, and a strong voice for the individual
  • Galvanizing Collective Action – accelerating research, innovation, interoperability and impact
  • Policy and Advocacy – advancing policies supportive of health literacy and incentivizing lasting adoption of personal connected health
  • Raising the Bar and Monitoring Progress – aligning the market for person-centered health

In June 2016, PCHA launched a revitalized vision and strategy for the organization to address the current 'app and research gaps,' to align product development with current needs and develop a body of evidence to support increased adoption and long-term use of personal connected health devices. PCHA's goal is to make personal responsibility for health and positive behavior change the norm and improved health outcomes through technology a reality. Learn more about PCHA's new vision and strategy: 2016 PCHA Strategy


Personal Connected Health Alliance Manifesto

Explore our manifesto and discover the principles that guide our mission to help people make health and wellness an effortless part of their daily life: PCHAlliance Manifesto


Important products and services sponsored by PCHAlliance

PCHA's flagship event is the Connected Health Conference, the premier international conference for the exchange of research, evidence, ideas, innovations and opportunities in connected health. Formerly the mHealth Summit, and now in its eighth year, this event features industry-leading keynote presentations, dynamic programming, an interactive exhibit floor and high-value networking sessions.  Taking place December 11-14, 2016 in the Washington, DC area, this event has historically been the largest and most diverse of its kind, attracting healthcare industry stakeholders representing technology, research, business and policy from across the globe. 
The third annual Global Digital Health Forum, presented by PCHA in partnership with the Global Digital Health Network and USAID, is a two-day special event at the Connected Health Conference focused on catalyzing change in healthcare delivery in developing economies. This Forum brings together public and private sector organizations to share the latest evidence, experiences, and lessons learned on new applications and approaches in digital health.

          Continua Design Guidelines 

PCHA publishes the annual Continua Design Guidelines, the only open implementation framework for authentic, end-to-end, medical-grade interoperability of personal connected  health devices and systems. The Guidelines are recognized as an international standard for personal health systems through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the standards-setting body within the United Nations. The Guidelines comprise a reference  architecture, product test and certification tools, and services that are developed based on currently accepted technology standards such as IEEE’s 11073 Personal Health Device Standards, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Patient Care Device PCD-01 Transaction, and the Health Level Seven International (HL7) Personal Health Monitoring Report (PHMR).