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Striving for Gold: Laying the Groundwork for the Olympic Healthcare Interoperability Initiative

The spirit of health and well-being is core to the founding principles of the Olympic Games and heralds the tenets of sustainable social development within each host and participating country. With the ambitious goal of integrating advanced digital health information sharing into health services provided before, during, and after the Games, the Olympic Healthcare Interoperability (OHI) Initiative & OHI Foundation have been formed to aggressively pursue this vision.

OHI, a digital health industry initiative with charter sponsorship from not-for-profit organizations HIMSS and SNOMED International, was created to advance the seamless exchange and use of health information globally through the Olympic Games. Starting with the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, OHI’s goal is to “showcase the possible” and “implement the real”, through the communication of digital health information, for the benefit of the 1,000’s of athletes, trainers and staff, volunteers and attendees. With each edition of the Games, a digital health legacy will be crafted to establish a comprehensive, world-wide infrastructure supportive of appropriate access to relevant clinical information...anywhere, at any time.

Utilizing the latest innovations in digital health, OHI will connect pre-Games, person-specific healthcare information with information generated at the Games by Olympic and Host City healthcare service providers, which will flow back around the world with each individual once the Games conclude. OHI’s initial scope will include patient identity matching and access to international patient summaries with capacity to include the significant facets of a patient’s digital health record over time.  All with the needed security, privacy and consent framework that will ensure appropriate access to all information.

Recognized charter supporters, HIMSS and SNOMED International, lend their commitment to the pursuit of quality and safety improvements through health information technology and standards alike. Hal Wolfe, HIMSS CEO, states that “HIMSS is proud to sponsor the OHI Initiative as a representative of the digital health industry globally. OHI supports an ecosystem at the Olympic Games that is built on the same standards, products and infrastructures that are being implemented around the world in order to deliver better health through information and technology… our industry is dedicated to the realization of that vision.” Don Sweete, CEO, SNOMED International, echoes that sentiment. “At the core of care delivery is the principle that clinicians can, beyond a shadow of a doubt, rely on available, accessible and unambiguous clinical information at any point of service. Demonstrating this critical relationship at work through OHI and in support of the healthcare program offered at each Olympic Games, we see a forward-looking example made possible by the interoperability of health information.”

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