PCHA and IHE Establish Joint Task Force to Simplify Collection of Personal Health Data into Health Record Systems

Oct 24, 2019

ARLINGTON, VA (October 15, 2019) – The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have joined forces to simplify the collection and sharing of health data generated by personal health monitoring devices and mobile applications (apps) to improve continuity of care.

A Joint Task Force formed earlier this year drafted a specification that applies the HL7 FHIR® standard to report measurements taken by personal healthcare devices and mobile apps outside of healthcare facilities and report those measurements back to the person’s longitudinal health record. Test tools from both organizations are being integrated to create one process by which vendors can demonstrate consensus-based implementation of this specification during IHE Connectathons. Further alignment and integration of implementation guidance and testing are planned over the coming year.

“The growing adoption of personal devices that monitor daily activity are paving the way for the mainstream monitoring of personal health information. This information can be fed into health record systems, thus improving treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD and heart disease,” said Kerry Amato, Executive Director of Health Innovation at HIMSS. “The PCHAlliance is becoming a member of IHE and will sponsor resources to help ensure the success of this initiative.”

To further align and integrate specifications and test tools – and accelerate the adoption of remote patient monitoring -- PCHAlliance and IHE International are meeting in Boston this week during the Connected Health Conference to formally launch the Personal Connected Health subdomain within the IHE Patient Care Device Domain. Over the coming year, this group will develop IHE profiles that leverage and build upon the Continua Design Guidelines. Once complete, IHE will apply its established process for industry stakeholders to implement globally recognized, consensus-based approaches to connect and test both personal and clinical devices and integrate them into health information systems. Additionally, the Joint Task Force will explore and address how the specification supports both medical devices and mainstream consumer facing apps to enable scalable interoperability of the rapidly expanding connected health ecosystem.

“Motivated by this advancement, the value proposition is even stronger for solutions that connect content from personal devices into the overall, person-centric health record that is used to support care continuity and care quality for the consumer, said Dr. Michael McCoy, IHE Board Co-Chair. “Indicative of its growing role as a key health ecosystem participant, PCHAlliance has entered into a new collaboration with IHE. Along with HIMSS, and others, this new collaborative will also engage with care delivery network stakeholders who have a fiduciary interest in population health outcomes like payors, ministries of health, public care delivery networks such as VHA, etc.”

About IHE

IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE Profiles communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. IHE process and profiles have been recognized by ISO, the European Commission and the US Interoperability Standards Advisory among others world-wide. The IHE testing discipline that includes both developers test tools, Connectathons and conformity assessment are major contributions to delivering mature interoperability.

About the Personal Connected Health Alliance

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), a non-profit organization formed by HIMSS (Health Information and Management Systems Society), believes that health is personal and extends beyond healthcare. PCHAlliance accelerates technical, business, policy and social strategies necessary to advance personal connected health. PCHAlliance members are a vibrant ecosystem of technology and life sciences industry icons and innovative, early stage companies along with governments, academic institutions, and associations from around the world. To support its vision, PCHAlliance convenes the global personal connected health community at the annual Connected Health Conference, the premier international event for the exchange of research, evidence, ideas, innovations and opportunities in personal connected health. The Alliance also publishes and promotes adoption of the Continua Design Guidelines, recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the international standard for safe, secure, and reliable exchange of data to and from personal health devices.