Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Digital Health and Research Systems, Data Interoperability (Wintersemester 2023/2024)

Lecturer: Dr. med. Kai U. Heitmann , Prof. Dr. Fabian Prasser , Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 4
  • Credits: 6
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2023 - 31.10.2023
  • Examination time §9 (4) BAMA-O: 02.02.2024
  • Teaching Form: Lecture / Exercise
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 30

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

Digital Health MA
  • Digital Health
    • HPI-DH-SW Software Architectures for Digital Health
IT-Systems Engineering MA
Data Engineering MA


Course Decription
Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data such that it can be understood by a user.

This module defines and explains the role of semantic interoperability in the development of an EHR and derived applications as well as regulatory requirements, registries, notification processes and ePharma. It analyzes predominant standardization in the healthcare field such as ISO IDMP, HL7 V2, CDA, FHIR, SNOMED CT, LOINC, and IHE and examines the challenges to the development and implementation of interoperability standards in healthcare. 

Health Systems and Data Interoperability gives an understanding of basic and advanced principles in healthcare system interoperability and infrastructure as well as architectural, business, organizational, juristical, ethical aspects and operational models required to implement and manage a health information exchange. Participants will gain practical experience in the exchange of clinical data in a cloud-based environment.

Students know the important IT systems in the healthcare sector. They recognize why interaction between various Stakeholders and their software systems is necessary for Digital Health and who are responsible organizations for Interoperability Standards. Students will be familiar with the responsibilities of healthcare IT departments and key medical applications and their management.

Students understand requirements of healthcare IT system interfaces and how IT supports collaborations. They know the essential principles of IT management in this field by understanding how to design and manage a project to introduce Digital Health and Integrated Pathway.

Students are able to correctly estimate the need for IT and interfaces. They can plan and scale IT in healthcare. Furthermore, students apply methods of IT management and of process management.

I.  Basic and advanced principles in healthcare system interoperability

II. Standard Developing Organizations

III. International and national Data exchange standards

IV. Semantic Standards and clinical Use Cases

V. Fair information practices

VI. Projects and Sustainability


Material on open HPI, please register https://open.hpi.de/courses/hpi-dh-systems-datainteroperability-2023


Lecture & Seminar Format


Final written exam on site.
February 2, 2024;
10am in HS3


4 x Friday & Saturday Block

3.+4. November 23
17.+18. November 23
8.+9. December 23
12.+13.January 24

Times 9:15am- 17pm, G1.E15/16

Exam 02/02/2024, 10 am in HS3