Standards 101

In healthcare information technology (HIT), standards provide a common language and set of expectations that enable interoperability between systems and/or devices.

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Below are links to external resources that will give you the basic information you need to start engaging in the  healthcare information technology (HIT) standards community. You may also want to join in on the HL7 Standards #HITsm Tweet Chats every Friday morning at 11 am CST to learn what is hot in HIT Standards.  

Healthcare Informatics Standards

What are HL7 Standards?

Introduction to Health Level 7 (HL7) Standards

What is Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (aka, IHE)?

Health Terminology Standards, SNOMED and Other Resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

White paper from AHIMA/IHE/HIMSS: Health IT Standards for Health Information Management Practices

Standards in General

List of Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) in the United States

How does the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develop standards?

ANSI - Introduction to Standards (Free Course)