Health IT Architecture & Standards

Includes Health IT Architecture encompasses business, functional, and technical architecture. Health IT Standards encompasses communication standards, data standards, graphics/imaging standards, terminology standards, etc. such as HL7, DICOM, SNOMED, LOINC and more.

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'Open' Health IT Architecture

I have had some major issues with IT Architects over the years and the many prolific and useless dissertations they produce that are usually of little real value or practical use to senior IT managers responsible for day-to-day operations.  That does not mean that I don't appreciate the need for a good, practical IT architectural blueprint or roadmap that will help one make better decisions about the technology to acquire and implement to best meet the operational business needs of the organization for the future. What follows is a high level management introduction to 'Open' Health IT Architecture for those who are new to this whole arena. Read More »

Association for Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA)

Association for Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA) is a professional association committed to advancing the enterprise architecture profession and professional excellence.

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) is a global, open, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization that has established key standards to support the acquisition, exchange, submission and archive of clinical research data and metadata. Read More »

hData Project

hData is a free and open source health IT standards project that provides specification for exchanging electronic health data.  Read More »

Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)

The Office of the National Coordinator established the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) - a public/private partnership with broad participation across more than 300 health related organizations - to identify and harmonize data and technical standards for healthcare. HITSP operates with an inclusive governance model established through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Read More »

HL7 International

Health Level Seven (HL7) International is a leading global organization working on standards for interoperability of health information technology, with members in over 55 countries.

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical need in support of optimal patient care. Read More »

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) is a not-for-profit association that seeks to improve the health of humankind by fostering the development and use of suitable standardized clinical terminologies, notably SNOMED CT, in order to support safe, accurate, and effective exchange of clinical and related health information. Read More »


Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) was developed to provide a definitive standard for identifying clinical information in electronic reports. Regenstrief Institute distributes LOINC free of charge.

Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA)

Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) is a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is the leading organization and collective voice of medical imaging equipment manufacturers, innovators, and product developers.  They are a leading standards-development organization for medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment and are responsible for maintain Read More »

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) is a not-for-profit standards development organization (SDO).  They create and promotes data interchange standards related to medications, supplies, and services for the pharmacy services sector of the healthcare industry.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization. Theyare leading the way in the development of standards for geographic content and services, sensor webs, and location services. Read More »

Open Mobile Alliance

Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) is the focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications, which support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. OMA drives service enabler architectures and open enabler interfaces that are independent of the underlying wireless networks and platforms. Read More »

Open Source, Open Standards, and Health Care Information Systems

The March 2011 edition of the Journal of Medical Internet Research has published a detailed analysis of  "Open Source, Open Standards, and Health Care Information Systems".  The journal article analyzes alternative licensing and software development models, as well as the role of standards. Read More »


OpenCDS is a multi-institutional, collaborative effort to develop open-source, standards-based Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools and resources that can be widely adopted to enable CDS at scale. Read More »