“Enable seamless and secure access to health information whenever and wherever needed.”
– IHE International, Initiative by healthcare professionals and industry
There are numerous standards for health information exchanges, written to support a wide range of clinical processes and include many optional features. To obtain interoperability with regard to a specific clinical task IHE creates profiles of relevant standards that make essential features for supporting the clinical task mandatory for those products for which conformance with a profile is claimed. IHE profiles specify the information that must be exchanged between systems and the actions that recipient systems must take on receipt of the information.