Standards Development Organizations

  • Tim Benson
  • Grahame Grieve
Part of the Health Information Technology Standards book series (HITS)


Standards are documents, established by consensus and approved by a recognised body. ISO is the international standards organization with membership from national standards bodies. US-based standards developers (SDOs) such as HL7 and DICOM are represented by ANSI. HL7 International is the leading SDO for healthcare interoperability and is described in more detail than the others. DICOM leads in medical imaging; IHTSDO for SNOMED CT. IHE develops standards profiles for specific purposes, Continua works on consumer medical devices and CDISC on clinical trials data. OpenEHR develops clinical models.


Standard Consensus ISO CEN ANSI HL7 International IHTSDO Recognised body Standards development organizations Joint Initiative Council (JIC) OSI model Ballot process Membership TSC DICOM IHE CDISC Continua alliance OpenEHR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Benson
    • 1
  • Grahame Grieve
    • 2
  1. 1.R-Outcomes LtdNewburyUK
  2. 2.Health Intersections Pty LtdMelbourneAustralia

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