The International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) is scheduled for release by WHO for implementation in October 2019. It has been under development by the WHO-FIC Network and WHO since 2007. No international classification of health interventions has previously existed, resulting in many incompatible national interventions classifications while many countries have had no interventions classification.
Unlike the national classifications, ICHI covers all aspects of the health system. As well as medical and surgical interventions, ICHI includes interventions in primary care, community health, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, nursing, assistance with functioning, traditional medicine and public health interventions.
The ICHI (https://mitel.dimi.uniud.it/ichi/#) platform contains an introduction to ICHI and coding guidelines.
Richard Madden, Megan Cumerlato and Nicola Fortune at NCCH International Services have played leading roles in ICHI development. Consequently, NCCH International Services is ideally placed to present and explain ICHI to interested parties, and to advise on the use of ICHI to meet a wide range of uses for information on health interventions.