An overview of Healthcare Interoperability Standards

This course has been redeveloped specially for delivery over a videoconferencing service such as GoToMeeting or Zoom. Attendees are welcome from the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The language of the course will be English.


2 half-days. Exact timings will be specified for each course.

Summary of course content

The training course describes the key areas in which standardization is needed (e.g. workflows, messages, documents) in order to achieve interoperability between software applications in healthcare. It also provides an overview of key characteristics of some of the existing standards in this area (e.g. CDA, DICOM, HL7 V2, HL7 V3, IHE and SNOMED).

Who should attend

This training course is aimed at those who’d like to understand the key characteristics of a number of, and the relationships between, commonly used interoperability standards. The target audience includes project managers, clinicians and architects, as well as a more technical audience (e.g. software developers) for whom this overview acts as an introduction to interoperability standards in healthcare.

Goals of the training course

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • understand the key characteristics of a number of commonly used interoperability standards,
  • explain the relationship between HL7, IHE and DICOM standards,
  • understand the key role of terminologies (e.g. SNOMED or ICD) as used by interoperability standards, and
  • decide which standard is the best fit for a particular kind of workflow


  • The attendees are assumed to be familiar with healthcare workflows and processes, as well as some knowledge of data modeling


  • Introduction and overview
  • Part 1: Healthcare workflows: the need for standardization
    • The IHE methodology (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise)
  • Part 2: Messaging: the exchange of structured data
    • HL7 version 2 – within hospitals
    • HL7 version 3 – between organizations
    • DICOM – images
  • Part 3: Documents: the exchange of textual data
    • HL7v3 Clinical Documents Architecture (CDA)
    • Example: CCD, a CDA-based specification
  • Part 4: FHIR – the open API for healthcare
  • Part 5: The use of a unified terminology and identification schemes
    • (Example) SNOMED – clinical terms
    • (Example) ICD-10 – clinical terms for invoicing
  • Part 6: IHE Profiles
    • (Example) IHE Radiology workflows, IHE XDS
    • (Example) ICD-10 – clinical terms for invoicing
  • Part 7: Exercise mapping workflows to standards
  • Summary and recommendations

Course Materials: Each participant will be provided with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials.

Course Tutor

  • René Spronk, HL7/IHE/DICOM Trainer, Ringholm.
    • René has been providing training all around Europe since 2001, and has first hand experience in implementing interfaces.
  • Other tutors may be present should the number of trainees be larger than 20.

Terms and Conditions: Please read the Terms and Conditions.


£645 (~€699)

(All prices plus VAT where applicable
All invoices will be in GBP)

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