HIF 540: Health Data Vocabularies and Standards

Course Description

Students are introduced to various standardized clinical terminologies, healthcare information standards, data sets required for state and federal reporting, and electronic standards needed to attain interoperability. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying their appropriate uses and sources and applying them within and among health information systems to promote interoperability. Students apply knowledge discovery and extraction techniques such as natural language processing and text mining. This course integrates key issues and techniques of technical infrastructure and data architecture in clinical informatics and the role of standards and ontologies in health care.


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Associated Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • #1. Apply healthcare informatics and technology concepts and skills to case studies and real-world situations
  • #8. Compare and contrast the varying medical vocabularies and classification systems for best use in health information technology initiatives.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and discuss terms and concepts such as clinical vocabulary, clinical terminology, data analysis, Meaningful Use, Information Governance, data dictionary, and data standards.
  2. Interpret and analyze classification systems, clinical vocabularies, and nomenclatures and the impact on the healthcare continuum.
  3. Propose data standard policies, structures and methods for interoperability and sharing.
  4. Develop strategies to achieve data integrity with data sets for compliance with data governance standards.
  5. Construct examples of mapping of clinical vocabularies and terminologies to appropriate classification systems.
  6. Interpret compliance with regulatory requirements and reimbursement methodologies (telehealth, privacy, security, etc).
  7. Integrate data standards in relation to assigned use cases.
  8. Analyze organizational strategies, technology, and standards requirements for health information exchange.


Course Activities and Grading


Discussions (25 Pts, Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8)
6 total


Activities / Case Studies (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(2), 6, 7(2))
9 total


Final Project (Week 8)




Required Textbook

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Giannangelo, Kathy. Healthcare Code Sets, Clinical Terminologies, and Classification Systems - with Access Code. 4th AHIMA Publications, 2019. ISBN-13: 9781584266730

Additional Resources

  • Articles provided within the course
  • Important Website Resources provided within the course


Course Schedule




Readings and Exercises





Topics: ICD-10-CM/PCS, ICD-11, CPT, HCPCS Coding System

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7
    • PowerPoint presentations, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7
  • Review Getting Started
  • Review Syllabus
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Case Study: CPT
  • Discussion: ICD-11




Topics: NDCs, CDT, ICF, and ABC Codes

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 4, 5, 11, Chapter 13 - pp 375-379 only
    • PowerPoint presentations, Chapters 4, 5, 11
  • Case Study: NDCs
  • Discussion: ICF Codes




Topics: SNOMED-CT, RxNorm, DSM, and LOINC

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 6, 8, 9, 10
    • Read assigned article
    • PowerPoint presentations, Chapters 6, 8, 9, 10
  • Case Study: Mapping Assignments
  • Discussion: SNOMED CT, LOINC or RxNorm




Topic: Other Terminologies and Classification Systems

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 12, 13
    • PowerPoint presentations, Chapters 12, 13
  • Case Study: Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS)
  • Discussion: ICD-O-3 and ICD-10-CM




Topics: Healthcare Data Governance and Data Set Standards

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapter 14
    • Review: 2015 Edition Common Clinical Data Set (CCDS) Reference Document
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 14
  • Case Study: Data Governance
  • Case Study: Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Standards




Topic: Data Interchange Standards

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapter 15
    • Read Assigned Articles
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 15
  • Discussion: Health IT Standards and HIE
  • Final Group Project Assigned:  Topic Approval Due




Topics: Locations and Tools for Terminologies and Data Mapping

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 16, 17
    • PowerPoint presentations, Chapters 16, 17
    • Read the assigned articles
  • Case Study: UMLS Usage
  • Case Study: SNOMED CT Problem List as ICD-10-CM Billing Codes




Topics: Use of Terminologies, Classifications, and Value Sets

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapter 18
    • PowerPoint presentation, Chapter 18
    • Read the assigned articles
  • Discussion: Use of Terminologies and Classifications

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