About IHE

IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.


Enable seamless and secure access to health information that is usable whenever and wherever needed.


IHE enables health systems and care delivery networks to adopt interoperable digital workflows that support evidence- and value-based health services. IHE develops workflow-based interoperability specifications and provides testing and validation capabilities that support the governance of health IT ecosystems as the foundation for health systems, care delivery networks and industry to improve health outcomes.

IHE Strategic Plan 2022