Solving interoperability in translational health: Perspectives of students from the International Partnership in Health Informatics Education (IPHIE) 2016 master class

Anne M. Turner, Julio C. Facelli, Monique Jaspers, Thomas Wetter, Daniel Pfeifer, Laël Cranmer Gatewood, Terrence J Adam, Yu Chuan Li, Ming Chin Lin, R. Scott Evans, Anna Beukenhorst, Hugo Johan Theodoore van Mens, Esmée Tensen, Christian Bock, Laura Fendrich, Peter Seitz, Julian Suleder, Ranyah Aldekhyyel, Kent Bridgeman, Zhen HuAaron Sattler, Shin Yi Guo, Islam Md Mohaimenul, Dina Nur Anggraini Ningrum, Hsin Ru Tung, Jiantao Bian, Joseph M. Plasek, Casey Rommel, Juandalyn Burke, Harkirat Sohi

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Background: In the summer of 2016 an international group of biomedical and health informatics faculty and graduate students gathered for the 16th meeting of the International Partnership in Health Informatics Education (IPHIE) masterclass at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. This international biomedical and health informatics workshop was created to share knowledge and explore issues in biomedical health informatics (BHI). Objective: The goal of this paper is to summarize the discussions of biomedical and health informatics graduate students who were asked to define interoperability, and make critical observations to gather insight on how to improve biomedical education. Methods: Students were assigned to one of four groups and asked to define interoperability and explore potential solutions to current problems of interoperability in health care. Results: We summarize here the student reports on the importance and possible solutions to the “interoperability problem” in biomedical informatics. Reports are provided from each of the four groups of highly qualified graduate students from leading BHI programs in the US, Europe and Asia. Conclusion: International workshops such as IPHIE provide a unique opportunity for graduate student learning and knowledge sharing. BHI faculty are encouraged to incorporate into their curriculum opportunities to exercise and strengthen student critical thinking to prepare our students for solving health informatics problems in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-659
Number of pages9
JournalApplied clinical informatics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of Professor Emeritus Laël Cranmer Gate-wood which made the conference possible. We would like to thank the Dieter Schwarz Foundation for supporting the IPHIE program via Heilbronn University. We also wish to thank the support of the staff and faculty of the hosting institution, the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, and Alyssa Bosold at the University of Washington for her help with preparation and editing of this manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© Schattauer 2017


  • Clinical data management
  • Clinical informatics
  • Graduate education
  • Interoperability
  • Standards

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