International Patient Summary

An International Patient Summary (IPS) document is an electronic health record extract of the essential health information intended for use in unscheduled, cross-border care scenarios. The IPS is also emerging as a potential source document that could be re-used to support use cases beyond the original scope such as vaccine credentialing for COVID19.

IHE USA is supporting the adoption and implementation of IPS by supporting development of the specification, educational programming events, and testing through our Global Health Standards Acceleration efforts.

IHE Deep Dive: How the International Patient Summary Works (25 min - Video)
The International Patient Summary, developed collaboratively between ONC, HL7®International, IHE International, and the European Commission is designed to support patient mobility abroad by providing a standardized set of basic personal and medical data at the point of care.  

Presented by IHE International Board Member Michael Nusbaum, BASC, MHSA, FHIMSS and Rob Hausam, MD, HL7 Vocabulary and Orders/Observation workgroup Co-Chair and HL7 FHIR Connectathon track lead, this IHE Deep Dive session will focus on how to integrate the International Patient Summary profile, the IPS projects from across the world and the importance of collaborative interoperability efforts that span the globe.


June 14-18, 2021: The IHE European Connectathon Week features formal testing of the International Patient Summary, as well as additional standards acceleration events supporting further education for the global community of implementers in the IHE Experience Program.

June 30, 2021: The Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability - Global COVID-19 Response Listening Session Series: Vaccine Credentialing Initiatives Focus on APAC

IHE International, HL7 International and HIMSS stakeholders from across the healthcare industry share their perspectives on critical interoperability opportunities and challenges they face in responding to the COVID19 global health emergency. Learn more about the Consortium at:

  • Ensure a clearer understanding of the unique immediate and longer-term challenges that health systems and clinicians are facing interoperability and data exchange.

  • Inform the development of use cases and associated requirements to drive the buildout of digital resources for front-line clinicians and public health agencies to utilize

  • Convene digital health experts to advise on best practices for applying existing HL7 specifications and IHE profiles within health information systems to support clinicians and public health organizations in responding timely issues

  • Focus on gathering real-world input that, together with more formal testing, can lead to improved standards-based solutions that can be more rapidly deployed in the future to reduce the impact of future health delivery.


IHE – International Patient Summary Profile

  • This IPS profile uses the HL7’s IPS Implementation Guides that realize the CEN EN 17269 IPS dataset. Additional options pertaining to occupational Data for health and section constrains for a complete IPS sections support are specified within this profile.

  • IHE Profile:

HL7 – CDA R2 Implementation Guide International Patient Summary, Release 1

  • An International Patient Summary (IPS) document is an electronic health record extract containing essential healthcare information intended for use in the unscheduled, cross-border care scenario, comprising at least the required elements of the IPS dataset. The IPS dataset is a minimal and non-exhaustive patient summary dataset, specialty agnostic, condition-independent, but readily usable by clinicians for the cross-border unscheduled care of a patient.

  • HL7 Product Brief:

HL7 – International Patient Summary – FHIR STU1

  • The goal of this Implementation Guide is to specify how to represent in HL7 FHIR the International Patient Summary (IPS). The initial focus of the International Patient Summary (IPS) was the unplanned care across national borders. This specification can be used and be useful also in local applications and be supportive of planned care.








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