WHO Collaboration/Standards

World Health Organization

IFHIMA is a non-profit organization with official relations to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO). IFHIMA sends representatives to WHO meetings and works closely with WHO on specific projects of particular concern or interest to WHO in the field of health records and health information.


Below is the link to the WHO COVID 19 update issued April 28. This content reflects the February 9 meeting exploring almost one year of the pandemic and the post COVID conditions.

Read Expanding our understanding of Post COVID-19 condition.

COVID-19 vaccine development landscape and deployment plan

Below is a recent announcement from WHO that may be of interest.

For your reference, please see the presentation here that was delivered. We hope you and your colleagues find this information useful.

In addition to the references within the Powerpoint, we would also like to highlight the following:

At least once a week WHO provides updated information to their NGO partners. Below you will find the latest which is particularly important as it discusses transmission, as well as the link that you may want to bookmark for the series.

EPI-WIN update #21

Please find previous copies on the EPI-WIN update here.

Get the latest information from WHO about COVID 19 by visiting the following sites:

The EPI-WIN bulletins found on EPI-WIN.com are particularly useful in seeing the latest information at statistics, trends, and important actions.


IFHIMA is pleased to release an infographic summarizing key points from our Whitepaper, “IFHIMA Fosters Planning for ICD-11 Adoption with Global Case Studies.” We hope this aids our membership in telling the ICD-11 implementation journey and engaging in the requisite activities.  If you desire the infographic in additional forms (PPT), or want to brainstorm how to use, please contact marketing@ifhima.org

Download or view graphic here.

WHO Introduction to ICD-11 Webinar -9 November 2020-View article here.

WHO announces the release of the 2020 update to the WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11th Revision. View article here.

Reference and resources:

This is the landing page for ICD-11; it provides links to the WHO’s browser and coding tool to use ICD-11 as well as additional information to learn more (including the Reference Guide, Training and an ICD video).

This is the WHO ICD-11 MMS browser. This tool allows you to browse the code set to see what content is included and how it is organized in the hierarchy.

This is the WHO ICD-11 MMS Coding Tool. This tool is designed to be used to find specific ICD-11 MMS codes. It includes a keyword search as well as coding tips and links to an integrated browser.

This is a link to the maintenance platform for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO FIC). You can search and explore the WHO FIC Foundation and could submit a proposal for changes to the content in the Foundation.

This is a link to the ICD-11 Reference Guide. The Reference Guide is an excellent source of information on ICD-11 code structure, conventions and instructions. It explains new ICD concepts such as the Foundation component, stem codes, extension codes, post-coordination, etc.


ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) Joint Task Force Update

ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (MMS) Joint Task Force: Progress Report

Digital Health

G20 First-time Released Report on Digital Health Interventions for Pandemic Management

Read report here.

Global strategy on digital health 2020–2025

Read article here.


IFHIMA is pleased to receive official notification from WHO that during the triennial review IFHIMA was reaffirmed as a NGO in official relations with WHO. IFHIMA’s official status will be reviewed again in 2022. The IFHIMA Board thanks the many IFHIMA members who contribute to WHO work through various workgroups, task forces, and committees of the Federation of International Classifications (FIC). Please see attached letter from WHO here.

IFHIMA’s NGO with WHO reaffirmed January 2019

In accordance with exchanges between your entity and the World Health Organization (WHO) last year, the WHO Executive Board reviewed the report of our relations and collaboration at its 144th session in January 2019.

I am please to inform you that the WHO Executive Board decided to maintain the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations in official relations with WHO. In making the decision, the Executive Board commended your continuing dedication in supporting the work of WHO.

Read the rest of the article here.

Other including ISO

Currently IFHIMA is working on a project with the WHO Family of International Classifications (the WHO-FIC IFHIMA Joint Collaboration) to develop and promote an international training strategy and explore development of international certification strategy for coders. More information about WHO activities regarding coding and classification can be found here.

IFHIMA Members share their expertise and participate in various ISO work groups.


MedInfo 2019-Report from Lyon

World Health Organization Family of International Classifications 2018

WHO World report on ageing and health

Health Information Privacy in Healthcare Organizations: Workforce Education Standard