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In the communication between various participants in the healthcare system and their respective IT systems (key words: health telematics and eHealth), interoperability is ensured through the consistent use of IT standards and standardised contents. Various standardisation committees are working on the development of national and international standards. DIMDI is networked with the respective organisations. One main focus is in the area of medical terminologies and standards.

Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN, German Institute for Standardisation)

The Medical Standards Committee (NAMed) at the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN) works on standards for terminologies, interoperability, pharmaceutical drugs and medical products that reflect the international standards from corresponding committees at CEN and ISO.

HL7 Chapter in Germany

DIMDI has for many years worked with the HL7 Chapter in Germany Association (HL7 Deutschland e.V.). This is the platform for exchange with HL7 (Health Level Seven) in the areas of medical glossaries and pharmaceutical standards.

National and European projects

DIMDI supports national projects in health telematics. As an expert in medical conceptual systems, DIMDI not only pursues standardisation in healthcare, but is also able to exert strategic influence and be involved in development and dissemination of standards thanks to its close cooperation with international authorities such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL).

Thanks to its expertise in semantic interoperability, DIMDI is involved in the European Union's epSOS project (European Patient Smart Open Services) for the development of cross-border health services such as e-prescribing and electronic patient records.