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Standards, interoperability and regulations in health informatics

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If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

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 an introductory live video lecture and a series of pre-recorded lectures. There are also seven exercises, of which at least six need to be completed to pass the course. Exercises are organized in Tampere, typically in small groups but it is possible to do them remotely as individual exercises at the time chosen by the student, as well. Each student also prepares a personal mind map of the course and returns that to the teacher.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Alpo Värri

Contact person for applications

Monica Sandberg, Student services specialist
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Biomedical engineering
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Host university:
Tampere University
Study is open for:
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
Knowledge on basics of health information systems.
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