Disadvantages Of Interoperability In Healthcare

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According to Wikipedia “interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely understood, to work with other products or systems, at present or future, in either implementation or access, without any restrictions”. IEEE standard computer glossaries define interoperability as “the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged (New York, NY: 1990). HL7’s definition of interoperability starts with the IEEE definition, then adds a couple of subtypes of interoperability that further distinguish between exchange and use. It defines functional interoperability as the capability to reliably exchange information without error and semantic interoperability as the ability to interpret, and, therefore, to make effective use of the information so exchanged. In the context of healthcare systems, interoperability can be defined as the ability of health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and communities. Interoperability offers a number of benefits in the healthcare system. Through system…show more content…
Health care costs have been on the rise for decades. A major part of the problem is the inefficiency of the non-integrated health care systems that hospitals have been using for years. A patient's medical information may become fragmented among various proprietary systems throughout these healthcare sources, making it difficult for one provider to access information originally documented by another. This makes it more challenging for physicians to construct a holistic picture of the patient's health. Interoperability allows for communication between different systems and software applications, and for data to be shared and

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