HCI 320 HCI Data Standards & Interoperability • 5 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2021

Data Standards in Healthcare Informatics • 5 Cr.


Covers standards designed to enable interoperability of healthcare information systems. Includes benefits and challenges of healthcare systems interoperability along with data standards (HL7 v2, HL7 v3 RIM, CDA, SNOMED) that support interoperability. Students will learn how data standards are incorporated into national regulations and health information exchange. Prerequisites: HCI 310 and acceptance into the program, or permission of the instructor. May be concurrently enrolled in HCI 310. Previously HCML 320.

Description starting Summer 2021

This course defines the range of data standards that provide interoperability and systemic integration, and further defines the types of data standards available across the continuum of healthcare. Concepts describe how the types of data management work, including master data management, data governance, and metadata management. This provides students the foundation for data storage and mapping. Students also learn the use of data warehouses, data marts, and data lakes, which are the concepts behind health information exchanges. Types of data covered include medical, healthcare, and patient data. Students learn concepts like census management and calculation of service days, diagnostic and reimbursement data. They also learn to track important marketing data like quality reporting and patient satisfaction scoring. Finally, students learn about hospital operational data like supplies, staffing, revenue, and financial data. Prerequisite: Admission to any baccalaureate program at Bellevue College.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe types of healthcare information and how it is used in different healthcare settings 
  • Explain the need for fast, accurate healthcare information exchange in support of high-quality healthcare 
  • Delineate the role of healthcare data standards in supporting healthcare information exchange 
  • Develop system integration plans that ensure safe, secure, and reliable exchange of health information within and outside of the healthcare organization using interface engines 
  • Present the main elements and specific applications of healthcare informatics interoperability including information protocols, data standards, and standards development organizations 
  • Design approaches to access needed information effectively and efficiently