The term “interoperability” refers to communication between different technologies and software applications for the efficient, accurate, sound sharing and use of data. Some projects in Standards and Interoperability are:

Joint Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability    
Description: WHO convened the Second Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability in Geneva from 10 to 11 February 2014. The objective was to facilitate continued dialogue among health data standards development organizations (SDOs), standards maintenance organizations (SMOs), academic institutions, subject matter experts and Member States toward the development of a policy framework for full implementation of health data standards for interoperability of eHealth systems within countries.
Status: Completed
Information of interest: World Health Organization. Joint Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability. Geneva (Switzerland): WHO; 2014.
Partners: Health data standards development organizations (SDOs), standards maintenance organizations (SMOs), academic institutions.
 



Report on the Regional Technical Consultative Meeting on eHealth Data Standardization and Interoperability    
Description: PAHO convened this Regional Technical Consultative Meeting in Peru from 23 to 24 April 2013. Participating countries: Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru. The objectives and expected outcomes on eHealth standardization and interoperability according to WHO’s vision were presented, as well as its key messages.
The following conclusions were agreed upon at the forum:
• The financing of long term projects is the main challenge at a national level;
• Having qualified human resources to work on eHealth topics is essential at a regional level;
• The maintenance of interoperability over time, including standardization and structure of information is a major challenge;
• A server that makes clinical terminology and common dictionaries available is needed;  
• Lack of progress is attributed to the paucity of policies developed, the fractioning of information systems and the semantic aspects of interoperability;
• Communication is key for the socialization process and the Exchange of experiences at a regional level.  
Status: Completed
 



WHO Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability   
Description: WHO convened the Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability in Geneva from 3 to 4 December 2012. The primary objective of the forum was to facilitate dialogue among health data standards development organizations (SDOs), standards maintenance organizations (SMOs), academic institutions, subject matter experts and Member States toward the ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive roadmap for full implementation of health data standards for interoperability within countries. The outcomes of the forum also contribute to the implementation of eHealth standardization and interoperability being undertaken by WHO.
Status: Completed
Information of interest: World Health Organization. WHO Forum on Health Data Standardization and Interoperability. Geneva (Switzerland): WHO; 2013.
Partners: Health data standards development organizations (SDOs), standards maintenance organizations (SMOs), academic institutions.