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Standards, interoperability and regulations in health informatics

Individual course

Max amount of FITech students: 20

This course introduces student with key principles related to standards and regulations, which are essential to know while working in the health informatics domain. Health information systems interoperability and key standards will also be studied.

Course content:

  • Health informatics regulations, particularly for health software production: key international directives, national regulation, self-regulation.
  • Security, privacy, and data protection. Principles, regulation and guidelines for application in health informatics.
  • Standards and interoperability in health informatics. Key standards: HL7, CDA, IHE, etc.
  • Health information systems conformance assessment.

After completing this course, you:

  • can define what data security, privacy and safety
  • know the central regulations related to health information systems and privacy and security of health data and knows how they need to be taken into account in health information system development
  • know general health informatics standards and interoperability approaches and can describe how they are applied in practice
  • can apply the most important standards which are widely used in Finland in health information systems in software development
  • can assess whether a health information system is implemented according to regulations and interoperability principles

Course requirements

The course has eight lectures that are or will be recorded. There are also six exercises, of which at least 4 need to be completed to pass the course. Exercises are organized in Tampere but it is possible to do them online as well. Student also does a personal mind map of the course.

More information in Tampere University’s study guide.

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Alpo Värri

Contact person for applications

Pilvi Lempiäinen , Head of study services
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Biomedical engineering
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
Knowledge on basics of health information systems.
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