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Clinical Information models and communication standards in healthcare

Code: IM2014_12     Acronym: MICNIS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medical Informatics

Instance: 2020/2021 - 2S (of 08-02-2021 to 30-07-2021) Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Departamento de Medicina da Comunidade, Informação e Decisão em Saúde
Course/CS Responsible: Master Programme in Medical Informatics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIM 14 Plano Oficial (Atualizado Despacho n.º 5137/2020) 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ricardo João Cruz Correia

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,00
Tutorial Supervision: 0,71
Others: 0,21
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,00
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 1,00
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,71
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 0,71
Others Totals 1 0,21
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 0,21

Teaching language



This course aims to discuss health information exchanges (HIEs) between clinical and public/population health data systems, to discuss the main categories and HIT standards and to discuss the standards harmonization process.

Learning outcomes and competences


  • How to use information processing methodology and information technologies to store, organize and retrieve the increasing health and medical knowledge in a timely fashion

  • Value of high quality data for successful patient and institutional management

  • Standards in health and medical informatics: aspects of biomedical information management currently supported by standards, organizations involved and processes for creating standards


  • Appropriate documentation and health data management principles

  • Structure, design and analysis principles of the health record including notions of data quality, minimum data sets, general applications of the electronic health record

  • Data, information, and knowledge standards critical to the successful implementation of local, regional, and national health-related information systems.

  • Identify the appropriate level of Healthcare Information Technology Standard for an informatics problem, and select the appropriate standard within that level

  • Create use cases and an organizational process to define an interoperability standard for a specific healthcare situation

  • Participate in a national standards-creation process

Working method



  • What is a standard and need for health informatics standards

  • Standards organizations and the development process

  • Types of interoperability: Syntactic or operative, Semantic, Organizational or Business

  • Generic informatics standards: HTML, JSON and XML;  SMTP, HTTP and SOAP;  XML schema and WSDL; BPEL

  • Communication standards in Healthcare: HL7v2.x, HL7v3, DICOM, ISO 13606

  • Clinical documentation standards: CCR, 13606-1, CDA

  • Communication architecture: IHE

  • Information models: HL7 RIM, openEHR RM

  • Knowledge models: Archetypes, ontologies and RDF

Mandatory literature

Shortliffe E, Cimino J. ; Biomedical Informatics - Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. 3rd ed, Springer, 2006

Teaching methods and learning activities

Teaching methods

Lectures with presentation and discussion of topics, group exercises and individual interpretation

Presentations by Special guests

Individual project of standards use


OpenEHR Template and Archetype designer

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 13,00
Estudo autónomo 29,00
Frequência das aulas 14,00
Trabalho escrito 25,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance of 75% of the classes

Calculation formula of final grade


● Individual project

● Exam

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