Course Catalog 2014-2015

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Course Catalog 2014-2015

SGN-57406 Standards, Interoperability and Regulations in Health Informatics, 5 cr

Additional information

The exercise project may include programming of a simple application which can send and receive basic patient data from a patient data management system using standard-based messages or the writing of a study report of a specific area of health informatics standardisation or regulation.
Suitable for postgraduate studies

Person responsible

Alpo Värri


Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer Implementations Lecture times and places


 4 h/week
 2 h/week
 40 h/per


SGN-57406 2014-01 Tuesday 14 - 16 , TB220
Thursday 12 - 14 , TB224
Tuesday 12 - 14 , TB224
Thursday 14 - 16 , TB214


Exam and exercise project
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Learning Outcomes

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 requires the student to have pre-existing knowledge on basics of health information systems. After having passed this course, the student: - Can define what data security, privacy, and safety mean. - Knows 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. - Knows 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.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Health informatics regulations: key international directives, national regulation, self-regulation.     
2. Security, privacy, and data protection. Principles and guidelines for application in health informatics.     
3. Standards and interoperability in health informatics. Key standards: HL7, CDA, etc.   Status of application of standards in Finland and other EU countries.   
4. Health information systems conformance assessment.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

Passed project work (20%). Exam (80%).

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Edition, availability, ... Examination material Language
Lecture slides   Lecture notes on Standards, Interoperability and Regulations in Health Informatics   N.N.         Yes    English  
Other online content   Standard documents   ISO/TC215, CEN/TC251, HL7, IEEE 11073, European Commission, FDA       Selected health informatics standards from various standardisation organisations   Yes    English  


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
TIE-02200 Ohjelmoinnin peruskurssi Advisable   1
TIE-02206 Basic Course on Programming Advisable   1
TLO-11000 Tietojohtamisen perusteet Advisable   2
TLO-11006 Basics of Information and Knowledge Management Advisable   2
SGN-57206 Health Information Systems Mandatory    
TIE-02300 Johdatus ohjelmistotuotantoon Advisable    
TIE-22100 Johdatus tietokantoihin Advisable    
TLO-11016 Management Information Systems Advisable    

1 . These courses are mutually exclusive.

2 . These courses are mutually exclusive.

Additional information about prerequisites
Programming skills are needed to pass the course (e.g. TIE-02200 or equivalent skills). SGN-57206 Health Information Systems may be replaced with old BME-2606 eHealth.

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Correspondence of content

There is no equivalence with any other courses

More precise information per implementation

Implementation Description Methods of instruction Implementation
SGN-57406 2014-01        

Last modified10.04.2015