Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Digital Health System and Data Interoperability (Wintersemester 2019/2020)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun , Dr. med. Kai U. Heitmann

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10. - 30.10.2019
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 30

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA
Data Engineering MA
IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • BPET: Business Process & Enterprise Technologies
    • HPI-BPET-K Konzepte und Methoden
  • BPET: Business Process & Enterprise Technologies
    • HPI-BPET-T Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • OSIS: Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
    • HPI-OSIS-K Konzepte und Methoden
  • OSIS: Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
    • HPI-OSIS-T Techniken und Werkzeuge
  • SAMT: Software Architecture & Modeling Technology
    • HPI-SAMT-K Konzepte und Methoden
  • SAMT: Software Architecture & Modeling Technology
    • HPI-SAMT-T Techniken und Werkzeuge


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


Final written exam

February 20, 2020, 10 am-12 pm

H2 57/58


November 8/9
December 13/14
January 17/18 & 24/25

Friday 9:15am- 5pm
Saturday 9:15am - 4pm

G 3.E.15/16