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Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED (Health Informatics) 2010th Edition

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Aus.den Rezensionen: “... Der Autor führt in die Grundlagen der Interoperabilität ein, geht ausführlich auf Sprachen wie UML (Unified Modeling Language) und XML (Extensible Markup Language) ein und erklärt ... Benson erklärt alle relevanten Details des Standards und veranschaulicht die verschiedenen Ebenen und Hierarchien mit Diagrammen. ... Durch die klare Gliederung eignet sich das Buch ... zum schnellen Nachschlagen. ... Mit SNOMED werden Begriffe aus der Medizin nach einem hierarchischen Aufbau eindeutig beschrieben. ... Ein umfangreiches Glossar und eine lange Literaturliste runden dieses Werk ab.“ (in: E-HEALTH-COM, April/2010, Issue 2, S. 79)

From the Back Cover

Interoperability between healthcare computer systems depends on us developing, implementing and deploying appropriate standards, such as HL7 and SNOMED CT, working together as a tightly specified language.

The documentation of HL7 and SNOMED runs to tens of thousands of pages and creates a steep learning curve and barrier to entry. Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED provides a clear introduction to these standards, explaining the core principles for the health IT professional, student, clinician and healthcare manager.


Product Details

  • Series: Health Informatics
  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2010 edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848828020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848828025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Benson has been a leading thought leader in health informatics for over 30 years. He founded Abies Informatics Ltd in 1980 as one of the first primary care computer suppliers and was responsible for development of the Read Codes, used by all GPs in the UK and one of the two main sources of SNOMED CT. He co-chaired the HL7 Education Committee for several years. He was the founding convenor of CEN TC251 WG3, responsible for health interoperability standards in Europe. He is interoperability architect for the Wellcome Trust's Sintero server project. He is author of "Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED", Springer 2010.

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This is a revised review. I reviewed this book shortly after it came out and give it four stars. That was, however, a bit of a grumpy review. Since then I've made this book the mainstay of the health informatics lectures I do for the U of Minnesota. I would now give it four stars without reservation. In this domain there's no rival to this text.

Overall it is a book aimed at an informatics student, written in a telegraphic style that is a good fit for a rather dry but terribly important topic. Only a portion of the book is about HL7 and SNOMED however. Of the 225 pages I found

- 74 on modeling and markup topics better addressed in other books
- 12 pages on SDOs
- 81 pages on HL7 and CDA/CCR/CCD
- 26 on SNOMED
- 8 pages on using HL7 and SNOMED together

Although I would prefer much less coverage of modeling and markup and more on HL7/SNOMED integration, there's still more than enough material to occupy a typical first class in health informatics. This is a better book for my purposes that the informatics textbooks I've used to date.

I hope there will be a 2nd edition. I know I'd buy it!
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Health Interoperability is a very timely topic in the USA in large part because of the HITECH act and the huge amount of tax dollars that are going for Electronic Health Records and Information exchanges. Interoperability is impossible without sophisticated standards for both a grammar and vocabulary for health care that can be semantically interpreted by machines. HL7 V3 RIM is the grammar, and SNOMED-CT is the vocabulary that are needed accomplish the goal of semantic interoperability.

Before this book, a newcomer would have to read thousands of pages of white papers from HL7, IHE, and IHTSDO (International Standards Development Organizations), and attend meetings for years before seeing how these non trivial standards work together.

I'm involved in projects at Kaiser Permanente that rely on SNOMED-CT and HL7. Most of our project managers, or even physician leaders in the organization are not experts in UML, XML, HL7, CDA, or SNOMED. They do not have the opportunity to spend hours reading separate books, attending tutorials or otherwise obtaining the knowledge in this book in an efficient way.

Of course if you really want to know UML, or XML or any of these subjects in great depth, there are "better books" available. But this is the only book that put's it all together. I find it an advantage that it is under 300 pages. An interested person can read this book in just a few days, and will then know what otherwise would have been an epic effort to learn. I have given separate talks on many of these subjects, but in any single talk you could not hope to cover all of the material in this book.
I have just ordered copies of this book to distribute to my project managers and developers.
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By End User on February 19, 2013
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Does a great job of easing into the details of why EHR is such a big deal, and how HL7 and SNOMED play an integral part in a successful EHR strategy. Honestly, I thought this book was going to be torturously dry and boring, but I actually enjoyed the read.

As an aside, I had this book on my desk today at work, and one of the ladies picked it up, read the back cover, told me I must be really smart, smiled, and turned and swished away. If I end up getting lucky because of this book, I'll be sure to come back and post an update.
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This is an excellent book that provides some interesting historical details and the reasons that make interoperability important. There are some interesting and perhaps tongue in cheek comments on ways that health care has not taken up some technology that was developed 500 years ago. Terminology and information exchange are parts of the foundation that needs to be in place before there can be meaningful use of computerized patient records. This book provides a nice introduction to these topics.
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