Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED Hardcover – Dec 14 2009
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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)
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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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