Press Release: New ITU standard enables health data exchange

Approval marks accelerated push for e-health standards

Following calls for increased global coordination of standards enabling e-health, ITU has offered first stage approval to an important specification enabling an exchange of multimedia health data between a health provider, a controlling function and patient.

The new standard will enable different e-health systems to smoothly exchange patient health data in both low- and high-resource settings, making it ideal for applications in both developed and developing countries.

The development of Recommendation ITU-T H.860 “Multimedia e-health data exchange services: Architecture, services and data dictionary” was led by ITU Member Platform Health, a non-profit organization, based on successful reference implementations in a range of countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

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