Joint national e-health specifications – a brief description

One of the Swedish eHealth Agency’s government assignments is to publish and manage joint national e-health specifications.

Read the whole assignment:
S2019/01521/FS Link to assignment (in Swedish, opens in a new window) 

The assignment should be carried out in collaboration with other concerned authorities and organizations within the standardization area and – where applicable – with the work done within the Swedish program “Vision for eHealth 2025” (opens in a new window).

The assignment is divided into four sub-assignments:

  • Compile joint national e-health specifications.
  • Make these specifications available.
  • Set up a management function for the specifications.
  • Analyze existing distribution of responsibilities in this area.

An important constraint of this assignment is that the Swedish eHealth Agency is not responsible for the content of the e-health specifications.

Vision

When systems, professions and organizations exchange information, there should be no uncertainty as to what the information refers to. The prerequisites are specifications that are reusable and harmonized between them – and a shared will to use them!

What are joint national e-health specifications?

Joint national e-health specifications

  • constitute a source of knowledge that specifies detailed requirements for a defined purpose, when they are applied in health care and social services.
  • are implemented in systems and services.
  • can be part of one or more other national e-health specifications
  • should preferably be based on standards
  • have gone through a formal process to become “joint national”, i.e. nationally agreed upon.

Definitions

specification
structured description of requirements and rules for documentation or information exchange – within or between information systems – which are detailed enough for implementation

e-health specification
specification to be implemented within health care or social services and related areas

joint national e-health specification
e-health specification which corresponds to a need shared by several actors and which – after a formal process – has been found nationally applicable.

Benefits and effects

Benefits with joint e-health national specifications:

  • Benefits for patients, clients and social care takers.
  • Benefits for care professionals.

These benefits will generate effects such as:

  • More time used for the patient in health care sessions, both in physical and digital health care.
  • Increased patient safety.
  • More equal health care and social services.