Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics

Marjorie S. Greenberg and R. Gibson Parrish II

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI:
Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics

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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

Chapter.  12491 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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