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HL7/IHE/DICOM training course - an overview of healthcare interoperability standards

Number of Days: Two 8-hour days (face-to-face training course), or three 5-hour sessions on 3 different days (online training courses).

Feb 02
(in English)
Info/Registration: hl7belgium.org

This training course is also provided on-site upon request. Call +31 33 7 630 636 for additional information.

Summary of course content: The training course describes the key areas in which standardization is needed (e.g. workflows, messages, documents, terminologies and identification schemes) in order to achieve interoperability between software applications in healthcare. It also provides an overview of the key characteristics of some of the existing standards in this area (e.g. CDA/CCD, DICOM, HL7 version 2, HL7 version 3, IHE, SNOMED and ICD).

Who Should Attend: This training course is aimed at those who'd like to understand the key characteristics of a number of, and the relationships between, commonly used interoperability standards. The target audience includes project managers, clinicians and architects, as well as a more technical audience (e.g. software developers) for whom this overview acts as an introduction to interoperability standards in healthcare.

Goals of the training course: Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • understand the key characteristics of a number of commonly used interoperability standards,
  • explain the relationship between HL7, IHE and DICOM standards,
  • understand the key role of terminologies (e.g. SNOMED or ICD) as used by interoperability standards, and
  • decide which standard is the best fit for a particular kind of workflow.

Prerequisites: The attendees are assumed to be familiar with healthcare workflows and processes, as well as some knowledge of data modelling.


  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Healthcare workflows: the need for standardization
    • The IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) methodology
  • Part 2: Messaging: the exchange of structured data
    • HL7 version 2 - within hospitals
    • HL7 version 3 - between organizations
    • DICOM - images
    • EDIFACT (Dutch/Belgian/Swedish training course only) - within/between organizations
    • xDT (German training course only)
    • KMEHR (Belgian training course only) - between organizations
  • Part 3: Documents: the exchange of textual data
    • HL7v3 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)
    • Example: CCD, a CDA-based specification
  • Part 4: FHIR - the open API for healthcare
  • Part 5: The use of a unified terminology and identification schemes
    • (example) SNOMED - clinical terms
    • (example) ICD-10 - clinical terms for invoicing
  • Part 6: IHE profiles
    • Example: IHE Radiology workflows, IHE XDS
  • Part 7: Excercise mapping workflows to standards
  • Summary and recommendations

Course Materials: Ringholm will provide each participant with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials.

Faculty: Rene Spronk, Christof Gessner (and/or other tutors, depending on the location and language of the training course).


About Ringholm bv

Ringholm bv is a group of European experts in the field of messaging standards and systems integration in healthcare IT. We provide the industry's most advanced training courses and consulting on healthcare information exchange standards.
See http://www.ringholm.com or call +31 33 7 630 636 for additional information.