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

Digital Health System and Data Interoperability (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 30

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health 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
Data Engineering MA


Please note: Due to the current pandemic situation, the course will again be held in an online format. Please register on openHPI for the zoom link and access to the material

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

Lern- und Lehrformen

we will have lecture and seminar sessions in an digital format,

Please register on openHPI course room for the zoom link and materials
(late comers may contact jasmin.cirillo@hpi.de)


Final written exam on 25.02.2022, starting 10am (openHPI course room)
OpenBook format (60 minutes)


4 Blocks, Friday 9:15 am- 5pm + Saturday 9:15am - 4pm

November 2021, 19 & 20
December 2021, 10 & 11

January 2022, 14 & 15
                        28 & 29

February 25, 2022, 10 am: open book exam (60 Minutes, openHPI)

For those on campus: you can use G2.U.10 (Computer Poolroom DHC)  to follow the classes on your own laptop.
Please adhere to the current hygiene regulations. The maximum is at 20 persons for that room.