World Health Day and ISO standards

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Health for all was the theme of the World Health Organization’s World Health Day which fell on 7 April, and a new ISO committee recently formed aims to help.

Health matters, and access to health services, quality care and safe medical practices and equipment is a fundamental right for everyone, everywhere. Good health and well-being are also one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations’ new roadmap to improve people’s lives by 2030.

World Health Day is part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) drive to support countries in moving towards Universal Health Coverage,

Not only is the WHO one of our key partners, but we have more than 1,300 International Standards that focus on health across all kinds of sectors, from public health and medical devices to health informatics and traditional medicines.

ISO technical report ISO/TR 14639, Health informatics – capacity-based eHealth architecture roadmap, for example, provides best-practice guidance on the implementation and use of information and communication technology, and a framework for health authorities to use when building their own eHealth architecture, leading to better public healthcare services.In addition, standards like ISO 13485, medical devices – quality management systems – requirements for regulatory purposes, help ensure medical devices meet all the regulatory requirements for quality.

What’s more, a new ISO technical committee has recently been formed to help reduce global healthcare costs of health facilities. 

Lee Webster, Secretary of ISO/TC 304, healthcare organisation management, said a number of standards are currently in development to help them improve their effectiveness and reduce waste.

“Healthcare organisations account for around 10 % to 20 % of the world’s GDP,” he said, “and the lack of standardisation in their organisation management practices means there is room for improvement, particularly across international boundaries.

“A new series of standards in development will help to reduce waste, improve data transparency and improve interdisciplinary cooperation, resulting in better healthcare at lower costs. What’s more, recent research suggests patient satisfaction and outcomes are also improved in well-managed healthcare environments. So everyone wins.” (Source: