International Patient Summary (IPS) project

Aim of the Project: To participate in the creation of an International Patient Summary specification, at a global level, and turn this European knowledge and interests into a European Standard, in line with the Guidelines adopted by the European eHealth Network (eHN).

Formal Deliverables:

The project team (PT) comprises the following experts:

  1. Stephen Kay, project leader
  2. Shirin Golyardi, PT-administrator
  3. Karima Bourquard, PT-member
  4. Giorgio Cangioli, PT-member
  5. Vincent van Pelt, PT-member



This proposal, approved in December 2015, addressed the 2015 Rolling Plan on ICT standardization and in particular the work of the Joint Action Supporting the eHN.

This proposal builds upon and formalises the revised Patient Summary (PS) dataset that was initially proposed by the eHN in 2013; its second revision was then officially adopted by the eHN in November 2016.

The Multi-annual Work Plan (2015-2018) of the eHealth Network identifies both the work on the cross-border exchange of PS data and the alignment of standardization activities in eHealth as key priority areas. The European eHealth Digital Services Infrastructure (eHDSI) was also tasked with a deployment project across member states using the eHN PS guidelines as part of their work. With this in mind the CEN proposal looked to national, regional and international work in PS to produce consistent, implementable Patient Summary standards.

The wider international context, the EU-US collaboration in particular, was taken into account by this proposal. There was some existing work in this area by HL7, called the INTERPAS project and, concurrently, the Joint Initiative Council on Global Health Informatics Standardization (JIC) proposed an informative guideline, cataloguing a set of implementable standards for the exchange of a Patient Summary in 2015; this was published in 2017.

CEN TC 251 worked together with the Horizon 2020 PHC34 CSA projects, particularly Trillium Bridge and eStandards, and these provided support for the Internationalisation of Patient Summary standards. The Trillium II project, also promoted the IPS work, and was instrumental in bringing together two of its participating SDOs, HL7 International and CEN/TC251, to agree a common mission and scope for an International Patient Summary in April 2017.

This very successful collaboration became known as the IPS Project, and the two partners known as CEN IPS and HL7 IPS respectively. A new European eHAction roadmap (2018-2020) seeks to leverage the work of the IPS Project going forward so as to support the eHDSI initiative.


IPS Dissemination        

Dissemination has been an on-going part of the IPS Project from its inception, where the CEN and HL7 teams have presented, written and explained what the IPS is, what it can do, and why it is so important.

For IPS to have the intended impact, its story as well as the standards must address multiple audiences, as only a relative few will actually read the specifications.

One attempt to capture the story-line, and thereby ensure the compelling arguments and rationale are not lost, is the CEN IPS Prezi, a presentation which is intended to complement rather than duplicate the IPS standards.  Once the Prezi is launched, please click the ‘readme’ section to get the most from the presentation.  The URL is:


Trillium II

On January 1, 2017 a new project, TRILLIUM II, kicked-of. NEN (representing CEN/TC 251 ‘Health informatics’) is one of the 25 partners from Europe and US.

TRILLIUM II is a EU/US Cooperation for Global Interoperability in Digital Health and is advancing an International Patient Summary standard to enable people to access and share their health information for emergency or unplanned care anywhere and as needed starting with immunizations, allergies, medications, clinical  problems, past operations and implants.

NEN/CEN/TC 251 leads WP5 ‘EU/US eHealth Interoperability Roadmap, Open innovation and International Patient Summary Standards Governance’.

The specific objectives of this WP are:

For more information, see


European development of a quality standard for evaluating health apps

CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, is pleased to announce the start of a project to address concerns about the Quality and Reliability of Health and Wellness Apps.

A new specification for ‘Quality and Reliability of Health and Wellness Apps’ is being developed at the request and with the support of the European Commission. It is due to be completed in 2020. It will help to establish a common framework across Europe for the evaluation of these apps, giving users and health professionals confidence that the apps are fit for purpose, and providing app developers easier access to European markets.

Europe is experiencing a fast growing market for Health and Wellness Apps. At the same time, concerns about the quality and reliability of apps have risen. Many Health and Wellness Apps are being published without clarity on the level of quality and reliability.

This specification addresses the specific needs of the developers of Health and Wellness Apps:

The Specification is being developed by the European standardisation committee CEN/TC 251 Health Informatics in collaboration with experts from the standardisation organisations ISO and IEC. The project team includes members from the following CEN member countries: France (AFNOR), United Kingdom (BSI), Germany (DIN), Netherlands (NEN), Sweden (SIS), Finland (SFS) and Italy (UNI). Quoting the project leader Charles McCay: “Initial work for this standard has already been done in the United Kingdom with the publication by BSI of the publicly available specification PAS 277. This project will expand that work to meet the wider European requirements and ensure compatibility with the world health informatics standards from ISO and IEC.”

Further details about the project can be found here

Those interested in participating on this project should contact their national standards organisation via ISO and/or CEN-CENELEC.

For more information on European standardization activities in relation to eHealth, please see the CEN website:

For more information about CEN/TC 251 ‘Health informatics’:





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