JIC activities include:
- A mutually agreed decision process for international standardization needs;
- Coordinated standards strategies and plans;
- An integrated work program;
- Focused, specific resolution of overlapping or counteracting standards within the participating SDOs existing work programs.
The Joint Initiative Council membership is currently made up of CEN/TC251, CDISC, DICOM, GS1, HL7, IHE International, ISO/TC251, Personal Connected Health (PCH) Alliance and SNOMED International with a maximum of 3 members per SDO.
In April 2015, the JIC reinforced its direction with the following goal:
“The JIC will contribute to better global patient health outcomes by providing strategic leadership in the specification of sets of implementable standards for health information sharing”
Subsequently, SDO members (including SNOMED International) contributed to the development of the first Standards Set which focused on the Patient Summary. This was published early in 2018 and is available for review and usage as a guidance document for stakeholders across health informatics globally. It is a live document which will be maintained over time and updated in line with changes in standards and supporting guidances.