By standards, we refer to common ways of doing things. In the case of data standards, that means an agreed-upon set of terms and relationships that define and structure information, so that it can be readily transferred between systems.
With such common agreements, it can become ever easier to leverage existing resources and technology, and to develop and adapt new technologies at lower cost and broader possible use.
Standardizing data across places and institutions also makes it easier to analyze and evaluate data, which makes it easier to understand the health of communities and the effectiveness of programs.
Furthermore, the process of developing standards helps to bring stakeholders together. By building a community among users, producers, and service providers, we can accelerate the process of learning and innovation towards our shared vision of helping people and improving the health of communities.
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