IHE publishes the Sharing of IPS (sIPS) Profile

27 November 2023

CEN/TC 251 has been the initiator of and regular contributor to the International Patient Summary (IPS) set of standards and specifications. We are happy to announce that a new IHE profile has been added to the IPS family of standards and specifications. This sIPS Profile supports both publication and on-demand access to an IPS in HL7 FHIR format.

The IPS Web Editorial Team has updated the overview of the IPS standards and specifications on the IPS website and has added a more detailed description of the IHE sIPS Profile.

Note for people that are using the IPS illustrations in their presentations: the team has updated the relationships between the European eHN Guideline and the published CEN, ISO, HL7, IHE and SNOMED standards and specifications.

The new IHE Sharing of IPS (sIPS) Profile provides for methods of exchanging the International Patient Summary (IPS), utilizing (without modifying) the specifications documented in the HL7 FHIR IPS Implementation Guide, and leveraging the provisions outlined in the IHE Whitepaper IHE Document Sharing Health Information Exchange. The IHE sIPS Profile supports International Patient Summary (IPS) content (as defined in the ISO 27269 data model specification) binding with IHE’s document sharing infrastructure, including cross-community, HIE, direct exchange models, and more. It has been designed specifically to remove barriers to adoption, by leveraging architectures that are currently implemented, well-established, and robust. The sIPS Profile provides implementation guidance to vendors and implementers and joins a growing suite of IPS standards artefacts contributed by a variety of Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) coordinated by the Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardization (JIC).

The IPS website provides more details on this new IHE sIPS Profile.

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