Standardization and Interoperability in Health Care


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge, skills and competences obtained in the course module: Dataflow, Databases and Data Quality or knowledge, skills and competences equivalent to this.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge of standards on information and communication models in health care. 

  • Have knowledge of terminology and semantics in clinical information systems from interface to database level. 

  • Understand use of clinical information for primary and secondary purposes. 

  • Have knowledge of different research approaches related to terminology and models in clinical information systems. 


  • Can apply appropriate methods for Information System development and research. 

  • Can analyze the need for terminology and classifications in a given clinical information system. 

  • Can choose and apply appropriate standards for a given clinical information system to create interoperability. 

  • Can discuss issues associated with primary and secondary use of clinical information.


  • Can assess needs for the level of interoperability to solve different kind of problems in digital health. 

  • Are able to evaluate terminology and models in clinical information systems in regard to digital health.

Type of instruction

This course focuses on semantic interoperability and how to achieve this by applying appropriate standards and terminology. The module will be supporting participants in handling issues with reuseable data and information. The teaching format is blended learning based on self-study of both written material and video clips, discussion in study groups and online seminars. 



Name of examStandardization and Interoperability in Health Care
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsSee semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleStandardisering og interoperabilitet i sundhedssektoren
Module codeSOTDH24M3_6
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Digital Health
Study BoardStudy Board of Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Health Science and Technology
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine