GDHP Work streams


Several definitions for interoperability have been developed internationally. GDHP participants adapted a previous definition of interoperability as stated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to the following: “The ability of a system or product to transfer meaning of information within and between systems or products without special effort on the part of the user. Interoperability is made possible by the implementation of standards.”

GDHP's Interoperability Focus

GDHP interoperability activities focus on the adoption and alignment of standards across GDHP members, benchmarking interoperability approaches, and sharing strategies to better enable the exchange of patient data between care providers, organizations, caregivers, and patients.



Steve Posnack
United States of America

Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services


Abhi Kalra

Executive Vice President of Digital Health Interoperability,
Canada Health Infoway

Identifying Areas for Collaboration & Improvement​

Identifying and mapping the improvement in healthcare outcomes that interoperable digital health services can achieve and documenting the problems that interoperability can solve.

Mapping Existing Interoperability Efforts​

Documenting the current international landscape, standards, policy drivers, legal frameworks, and supplier requirements for interoperability to be achieved for health services.

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