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BMI 5327 Standards in Biomedical Informatics

3 semester credit hours
Lecture contact hours: 2; Lab contact hours: 3
Web-based instruction

Unlike much of the world, American health care standards are frequently developed by private organizations rather than the government. The Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) create an alphabet soup of organizations that are often not well known to people within health care, let alone those just entering the field. This course will explore the history of a variety of SDOs, examining their membership and focus domain. Students will examine the role of the major SDOs and their impact on the structure and function of health care delivery in the United States. The relationship between U.S. and international standards organizations will be reviewed.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Compare and contrast standards development practices among different countries and organizations.
  • Differentiate between the different terminology and classification standards relevant to EHRs.
  • Assess the application of informatics standards in clinical healthcare.
  • Critique the application of standards for EHRs.
  • Evaluate issues of standards and interoperability for EHRs.