School of Computing

Health Information Systems Interoperability

Introduction to Health Information Systems Interoperability


For health information to be useful and useable, it must be shared consistently and meaningfully between information systems.

This course will discuss the key terms associated with health information systems and its standards, which are integral to the functioning of information systems, playing a critical role in ensuring information exchange and interoperability.

The course will focus on the role and usage of interoperability standards within healthcare information systems and the organisations that create and maintain these standards.

The course covers:

  1. What is an interoperability standard?
  2. Basics of information systems architectures and language:
  3. Who creates standards?
    • International standards organisations                                     
    • Adapting international standards for local use
    • UK standards organisations

  4. What standards are in use? 
    • International standards
    • National standards

      5. Further resources
      7. Q&A

Thursday 5 November 2020 14:30 – 15:30
Fee: £120 one off session
Book the whole Health Informatics programme of 10 sessions for £1000.

Introduction to Health Systems Interoperability: nurse using tablet computer in foreground; medical staff attending to patient in background

Course Lecturer

Dunmail Hodkinson

Dunmail is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Black Pear Software Ltd. He develops interoperable systems for Local Health and Care Record Exemplars using standards from HL7 and IHE.

He has also developed Black Pear’s Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund software. This is the first production implementation of HL7 FHIR in the UK, and one of the first globally.

Dunmail is also the Immediate Past Chair at HL7 UK, having served as the Chair from June 2017 to June 2019. HL7 is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health technology. HL7 UK looks after HL7 activities in the UK. As Chair, Dunmail was responsible for providing advice on interoperability standards to stakeholders. The stakeholders included INTEROPen, TechUK, NHS England, and NHS Digital.

Dunmail has a PG Cert in Computing from The Open University, a PhD from The University of Sheffield, and BSc in Biological Sciences from Durham University.