Public Notice of Intent

Integrated People-Centred Health Systems


Designation number: CAN/HSO 76000

Standards notification on a: new standard

Type of standard: integrated health service

Status: open for comments

Responsible technical committee: TC001 – Integrated Health Services

Project Need: The proposed scope is to develop a general integrated health and social services (IHSS) standard that provides a definition of system/service integration, as per the WHO. The standard would use themes and design principles identified in the literature to create a “how to” document that is actionable and feasible, in order to assist service planners and decision-makers (jurisdictions) in implementing service/system integration within their contexts. The standard will be flexible enough to fit various models; therefore, it will not promote any single model as “best.” Instead, the standard will promote “best practice” regarding the implementation of service integration to assist jurisdictions in achieving positive outcomes. The WHO framework on Integrated People-Centered Health Services (IPCHS) Framework will be used to guide the development.

Scope: Health systems around the world are struggling to contain costs, work more effectively and efficiently, contribute to positive health outcomes, and improve the patient experience. The objective of the IHSS standard is to provide guidance to policy-makers by identifying common elements of an integrated health system. This standard would be aimed at the macro level of the system to be used primarily by government administrations responsible for health portfolios (health, defense, correctional, interior, higher education, etc.) in a designated geographical area. The policy-maker will use the IHSS standard as a tool to support health and social system design and transformation. The standard would inform setting/reaffirming objectives by jurisdictions that have identified integration as a priority or been so directed by the authority to which they are accountable.

Applicability: Global

Proposed timeline: May 2020

Posted on: October 15, 2017

Contact Information: Organizations interested to support the development of this standard or wanting to be consulted as a stakeholder during the development process may contact us at Individuals, including patients, providers, health leaders and the members of the public are encouraged to provide comments through stakeholder organizations.