Standards lifecycle

Health information standards have a lifecycle from initial concept to development, publication, adoption and eventual renewal.

HISO: Health Information Standards Organisation logo.

HISO has an active programme of standards development and adoption for the best use of information in the health system.

The diagram shows our lifecycle process for assessing proposals, undertaking the development of new standards and leading their adoption.

Hiso Standards Lifecycle image outlining the 5 stage process from Concept to Renewal (description in text below)

Stage 1: Concept
Is a new standard required?
Tell us about the problem you want to solve, who would use the standard, and how it will add value to the health system
Email [email protected] with your proposal.

Stage 2: Development
Proposals accepted by HISO are prioritised, added to the work programme and listed on our website
Subject matter experts form a working group to develop the specifications
Drafts are posted for public comment on Health Consultation Hub.

Stage 3: Publication
The completed and approved standard is published on the website
Conformance requirements, an adoption roadmap and implementation guides are included
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Stage 4: Adoption
An adoption roadmap is developed and published with each standard
An early adopters programme allows any implementation issues to be sorted out
Full rollout follows on an annual cycle and adoption is monitored.

Stage 5: Renewal
Standards are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose
Standards are reviewed every two years
The same development and adoption process is used.

Adoption roadmaps are now being developed for all new standards, and will be for existing standards at their next review date.

Please email us to enquire about the process, to propose a change to a standard or to request a new standard:

HISO has produced a booklet providing an overview explaining the process:

Early engagement with HISO is encouraged in the initial stages of a project.

Contact us

If you are looking to develop a standard, or simply require more information, please email us at [email protected].

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