ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics International
Standards and Project Catalog

This catalog provides a user friendly and interoperability-focused view into the health informatics standards - published and under development - as of Fall 2017. CHIMA supports the work of Canada’s ISO/TC 215 Standards Mirror Committee through member contributions, subject matter expertise, and attendance at Working Group meetings. This Catalogue will be of interest to HIM professionals interested in Terminology Standards work; and digital health/eHealth implementation and maintenance. 

Standards - the agreements for data clarity, accuracy, and safety - are the underpinnings of a health data exchange. The standards contained within this catalogue support the foundational, structural, and semantic interoperability of shared health data communication in a secure and private digital environment. The development of these standards is an ongoing process undertaken by a group of mostly volunteer senior and leading health informatics experts from Canada and 30 other countries. These globally developed and accepted standards are available for all in our public health care community, in our private sector, and for those vendors and consultants that build, implement, and support the digital solutions for our health data recording, collection, storage, and exchange. 

This Catalog provides an organized listing of the ISO/TC 215 standards, sorted by interoperability categories. The categories are the functional, semantic, and technical standards to support interoperability. A more detailed listing of each type of standard is organized under business and functional; data, information content, and identifier; and information exchange, privacy and security, and safety categories, respectively. 

An introduction to the standard, with details on the scope, normative references, terms and definitions, and bibliography can be found under the “preview” button of any published health informatics standard on the global ISO website ( To find further information about any of the standards contained herein, simply “Google” a particular standard and select the ISO online browsing platform for that standard which will provide the overview and the preview of the standard of interest.


Information Governance
for Canadian Healthcare

Positioning the work of the CHIMA Information Governance Summit Participants within the Evolving Framework of Information Governance for Canada:

A Summary Document

Introduction: In mid-2016 the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) and Iron Mountain (IM) partnered to begin to discuss the importance of “Information Governance (IG)”. The goal of this partnership was to bring together pan-Canadian Health Care leaders to develop best practices and leading ideas for Information Governance. Attached is the final document.

Revised July 2018 - White Paper:
An Essential Guide to Clinical Documentation Improvement.

While the documentation in the health record has always been critical to the patient, the physician, and the health care organization, hospitals are paying an increasing amount of attention to the quality of the documentation and the resulting data that is abstracted. Studies have shown that improving clinical documentation improves patient outcomes and provides for better planning and delivery of services. Optimal Clinical Documentation is essential for timely, quality coding. This White Paper will be an essential tool for the HIM professional. Download it now!

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Human Resources Outlook 2014-2019

Sector Study

Released June 2014, at e-Health 2014 in Vancouver, key industry changes and their impact on the HI and HIM professions – now numbering 39,900 professionals – are identified in the HI & HIM Human Resources Outlook 2014 – 2019 report. Highlights of the report include:

  • Retirement will be a major challenge with 5,023 professionals
    expected to retire between 2014 and 2019.
  • Projected moderation in the pace of e-Health investments; the shift to supporting, optimizing, and utilization of e-Health technologies; the integration of new technologies into the healthcare system; and increasing clinical and productivity benefits from existing investments will create a demand for corresponding roles.
  • Roles under greater demand and/or at “High Risk” of skills shortages include those in data analytics, architecture, security and privacy standards, data quality, information governance, business analysis, and clinical informatics.
  • The need to broaden the skills of current clinical professionals.
  • HI & HIM professionals are being drawn to the US as a result of rapid acceleration of e-Health investment there.

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