Health Information Technology Standards and Systems Interoperability – JHSPH 315.708.81

This 2011 JHSPH OpenCourseWare graduate course provides health professionals with an understanding of the existing health information technology (HIT) standards and HIT standardization processes. The goal of this course is to provide students with methods and tools for participation as users in the HIT standardization activities for the design and evaluation of integrated health data systems at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels. The intended audience comprises public health and medical professionals responsible, or advocating, for information systems used in providing services; developing, implementing, and evaluating policies; and performing research.

Learning Objectives

Over the course of this educational session you'll:

  • understand health information exchanges (HIEs) between clinical and public health/population health data systems.
  • understand the main categories of HIT standards.
  • understand the HIT standardization process.
  • learn the HIT standardization entities.
  • understand the role of users in HIT standardization.
  • learn how to participate in the design of information systems in public health.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the HIT standardization processes and entities.
  2. participate as users in the HIT standardization activities.
  3. develop a functional requirements specification document (functional standards) for the information system for a specific public health problem/domain.

Course Syllabus

This is the full original syllabus for this course: PDFFile ICONJHSPH 315.708.81 course syllabus

Course Organization

This course constitutes 14 lectures, a session 0 introduction, a session 14 student presentation, and a final assignment due a few weeks after the final lecture. PDFs of lecture notes and audio recordings are available for all of the lectures. At the end of each session one or more discussion questions are assigned for students to respond to, due by the next session.

Further Reading

Each session contains a mix of required and recommended reading. Consult each session for a listing of these readings.

Other Requirements

No additional requirements are associated with this course.

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