Mini book review: Principle of Health Interoperability

Principle of Health Interoperability


Tim Benson and Grahame Grieve (3rd edition)

The biomedical data landscape is very broad, and as such it presents many different data standards and terminologies. Nevertheless, as different areas of science and healthcare are converging, it is common for data practitioners to get in contact with data standards from related fields.

For anybody coming from a bioinformatics background, it is usually hard to make a coherent map of healthcare standards. Many overlapping standards and terminology exist, across geographies and disciplines. Plus, old and new versions can coexist for long time, adding another layer of confusion.

This book is a valuable guide to understand the healthcare data landscape, and to have a first introduction to HL7 standards and FHIR.

It complements a brief description of standards and technologies with a social and historical perspective that helps in their contextualisation. Probably the ideal reader of this book has a bit of a programming background and some experience with ontologies and data models. But it is an easy read for most of people interested in this subject.

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