History of ICHI

The International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) is being developed to provide a common tool for reporting and analysing health interventions for statistical purposes. A health intervention is an act performed for, with or on behalf of a person or population whose purpose is to assess, improve, maintain, promote or modify health, functioning or health conditions. ICHI covers interventions carried out by a broad range of providers across the full scope of health systems including acute care, primary care, rehabilitation, assistance with functioning, prevention and public health.

The classification is built around three axes: Target (the entity on which the Action is carried out), Action (a deed done by an actor to a target) and Means (the processes and methods by which the Action is carried out). Extension codes are provided to allow users to describe additional detail about the intervention in addition to the relevant ICHI code. ICHI was designed with low level of complexity for countries seeking a straightforward classification for national use, while also serving a basis for international comparisons.

The latest draft was released in 2015 with wide input from the WHO-FIC network. Active review and development of content is continuing to develop ICHI Alpha version 2016. The completeness of this content will be tested during later reviews and field testing. Once finalized, ICHI will be freely available for adoption by Member States.
Categories of health interventions covered by ICHI include

  1. Acute care
  2. Primary care
  3. Allied health and rehabilitation
  4. Assistance with functioning
  5. Prevention
  6. Public health, and
  7. Traditional medicine.

Phase 2 testing of ICHI will be finished by end of November 2019.

ICHI testing is under way!

You are invited to participate in the formal testing of the International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI). It is the latest member of the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC). The formal testing is scheduled to run until 30 September 2019.

The WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre for the African region, based in the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council, is responsible for coordination of ICHI testing in South Africa. Testing in other countries in the African region is being organised by WHO Geneva, with colleagues from the WHO Regional Office for Africa and the relevant WHO country offices.

If you wish to participate in ICHI testing in the African region, and have not yet received an invitation to register as a tester, you can indicate your willingness to test one or more of the following modules:

  1. Primary care interventions
  2. Public health interventions
  3. Medical/surgical interventions (line coding)
  4. Medical/surgical interventions (case coding)
  5. Functioning interventions (line coding)
  6. Functioning interventions (case coding).

Complete the form below to register your interest in testing. We will then make sure that the relevant person makes contract with you and provides you with access to the online testing tool, called ICHI-FiT.

If you have any queries regarding the ICHI testing, don’t hesitate to contact Lyn Hanmer at lyn.hanmer@mrc.ac.za.


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