Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Health Information Standard

  • Heather GrainEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_449-1



The term standard is defined as “a level of quality or attainment” (Stevenson 2011). In the area of health information and informatics, standards define the way a task is to be done or the level of conformance required for safe or appropriate practice.


All standards fall into two broad categories, industry standards and formal best practice standards. A best practice standard explains and defines a method, structure, or technique that has been accepted by an expert community as being appropriate for use as it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become the standard way of doing things. Such standards are often incorporated into the legal or ethical requirements of professional bodies or government initiatives. Best practice standards are created by professional bodies, state, or national governments or by more extensive consultation, such as those created by (a) International...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global eHealth CollaborativeMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.eHealth EducationMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Health and Biomedical Informatics CentreMelbourne UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ping Yu
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    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computing and Information TechnologyFaculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.Smart Infrastructure FacilityFaculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.Illawarra Health and Medical Research InstituteWollongongAustralia