Patient Care Coordination


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


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.


Technical Committee

Roadmap and draft proposal review for scoping.


Joint Planning/Technical Committee

Review, Clarify, and Re-prioritize profile proposals.


Planning Committee

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


Technical Committee

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


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.


Developers, Planning Committee

Profile draft comment period ends. Technical Committee begins editing.



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


Technical Committee

Makes final edits and publishes “profile draft for trail implementation”



Connectathon registration ends.


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.



Connectathon MESA tests available.



MESA tool tests due.



IHE North America Connectathon


Selected Developers

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase



IHE Europe Connectathon



Comment period for “Draft for Trial Implementation” closes.


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 Co-Chairs

Planning Committee:  Emma Jones, Amit Popat

Technical Committee:  Denise Downing, Gila Pyke

Nursing Sub Committee:  Denise Downing


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