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Daniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, and R. Gibson Parrish

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001

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Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics

Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics

(p.183) Chapter 8 Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics
Health Statistics

Marjorie S. Greenberg

R. Gibson Parrish II

Oxford University Press

Widely accepted standards facilitate the efficient operation of the health statistics enterprise and the health information systems that it relies upon. Standards are the common language that allows the exchange of data between disparate data systems, the comparison of data contained in different systems, and the presentation of data in ways that can be understood and used. Standards are one of the fundamental building blocks of effective health information systems that are the source of health statistics. This chapter briefly discusses the history of standards, their definition, and the classification of their purposes and types. It then describes the types of standards used by the health statistics enterprise and the process for developing national standards. In this context, it provides numerous examples of standards in current use.

Keywords:   standards, data standards, health information systems, national standards

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