• IHE Patient Care Coordination (PCC)

    The Patient Care Coordination (PCC) domain was established in 2005 to deal with integration issues that cross providers, patient problems or time. It deals with general clinical care aspects such as document exchange, order processing, and coordination with other specialty domains. PCC also addresses workflows thatare common to multiple specialty areas and the integration needs of specialty areas that do not have a separate domain within IHE.

    The PCC Domain issponsored by:

    • HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society)
    • ACP (American College of Physicians)

    IHE Patient Care Coordination Profiles 

    Integration profiles defined by the PCC Technical Committee are published in the IHE PCC Technical Framework. Brief descriptions of these profiles are available here and more detailed summaries are available here.

    How does this process work? What's going on now? 

    Like other IHE domains, PCC follows an 18-month cycle as follows:

    When   Who   Event  

    October 

    Planning Committee

    Annual PCC Planning Meeting This is where the roadmap is updated, and draft proposals are reviewed. The Planning Committee submits the roadmap and proposals to the Technical Committee for review and scoping. Bring your new ideas here (use the draft proposal template). This is where a profile is born.

    December

    Technical Committee

    Roadmap and draft proposal review for scoping.

    December

    Joint Planning/Technical Committee

    Review, Clarify, and Re-prioritize profile proposals.

    December

    Planning Committee

    Proposal edits and submission of final profile proposal to the technical committee. Technical Committee members then work to write profile offline.

    May

    Technical Committee

    Review and Final edits to profile "draft for public comment" and submit for review. Developers and Planning Committee begin submitting comments.

    June

    Developers, Marketing, Technical, Planning Committee

    Educational Workshop. This is an overview of IHE.  Profiles are described to Developers and Developers are encouraged to consider implementing new profiles.

    July

    Developers, Planning Committee

    Profile draft comment period ends. Technical Committee begins editing.

    July

    Developers

    Connectathon registration begins. This is the developers intent to implement profiles.

    August

    Technical Committee

    Makes final edits and publishes "profile draft for trail implementation"

    September

    Developers

    Connectathon registration ends.

    October

    Developers, Technical, Planning Committee

    HIMSS Showcase Participant Workshop. Here, Developers/Vendors that plan to show their implementation at HIMSS learn how the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase will work.

    October

    Tooling

    Connectathon MESA tests available.

    December

    Developers

    MESA tool tests due.

    January

    All

    IHE North America Connectathon

    Feburary

    Selected Developers

    HIMSS Interoperability Showcase

    April

    All

    IHE Europe Connectathon

    April

    Developers

    Comment period for "Draft for Trial Implementation" closes.

    July

    Technical Committee

    Incorporate draft for Trial Implementation and comments into Technical Framework. Planning Committee updates the website.

    Note that there are overlapping processes because profiles from the prior year are being implemented, tested and updated while new profiles are being added.

    For exact times and dates, please see the IHE Calendar.

    How do I Participate? 

    As a Clinician / Patient Advocate
    Get involved in the planning committee. This is where the clinical problems are discussed and prioritized. The planning committee is an open group and is interested in having your input! Bring us your interoperability problems!  You can also help by participating in the annual HIMSS Interoperability Showcase scenario definitions.

    You can do this by:

    1. Send us a note saying you’re interested so we can get you on the list-serves.
    2. Come to face to face meetings, and attend the telephone conferences.
    3. Submit your profile proposals by:
      • Fill out this template.
      • Submit the proposal draft to us.
      • Attend the October planning meeting to help clarify and prioritize your proposal
      • Follow up by submitting a the formal proposal
      • Attend the joint planning/technical meeting to explain your idea to the technical committee

    Any additional resources you can provide toward the problem will help prioritize getting your proposal solidified more quickly.

    As a Hospital Administrator 
    In addition to getting involved in the planning committee, hold your vendor accountable. Put a statement in your RFP that indicates you want the vendor to support the actor in the profile you desire.

    As an Implementer 
    Get involved in the Technical Committee to help ensure profiles are feasible and will work for you. Implement the profile, and come experience the Connectathon.

    Other links

    Committee Roster

    To subscribe to the Google Groups for the PCC domain committees, follow the links below and apply for membership:

    Visit the Google Group:
    IHE PCC Planning Committee
    Visit the Google Group:
    IHE PCC Technical Committee

     


    Committee Co-Chairs

    Planning Committee:  Laura Heermann-Langford, Tone Southerland

    Technical Committee:  Emma Jones, Denise Downing

    Nursing Sub Committee:  Denise Downing

    email:  pcc@ihe.net

    Wiki 

    IHE Patient Care Coordination Wiki