Syntactic Interoperability and the Role of Standards

Masoud Hosseini, Brian E. Dixon

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To achieve interoperability among information systems in health care, industry stakeholders must develop and implement technical standards that facilitate seamless exchange of data. This chapter defines and describes the concept of health information messaging standards, or technical standards that provide the structure for moving data around in the health-care ecosystem. The chapter explains the role of standards as well as how standards are developed. The chapter further examines the components necessary to support the implementation and adoption of standards, including the need for integration profiles, implementation guides, and interface engines. Finally, the chapter considers emerging standards as well as initiatives that seek to further support broad adoption of standards in health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Information Exchange
Subtitle of host publicationNavigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780128031506
ISBN (Print)9780128031353
StatePublished - Feb 11 2016


  • Health level seven (HL7)
  • Implementation guide
  • Interface engine
  • Schema
  • Standards
  • Standards development organization
  • Syntactic interoperability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Hosseini, M., & Dixon, B. E. (2016). Syntactic Interoperability and the Role of Standards. In Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems (pp. 123-136). Elsevier Inc..