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May 15, 2015

Building Blocks of Interoperability

By now we have gained a more thorough understanding of the concept of interoperability. We have started learning its importance and uses, especially those relevant to the LTPAC industry. However, there are some essential features, or “building blocks” that are required to have a system that not only meets interoperability standards, but is also functional and […]

January 2, 2015

Semantic Interoperability

As we saw in the last article, structural and operational interoperability allow healthcare systems and providers to communicate with one another, yet there were still major challenges with regard to efficiency, redundancy, security, accuracy, and speed. Even when healthcare providers are able to electronically transmit and receive data, each one still operates as its own […]

January 2, 2015

Three levels of health information technology interoperability

Interoperability is a complex concept involving multiple regulations, standards, vocabularies, software, hardware and users which oftentimes are spread out over geographic regions and companies taking part in caring for a LTPAC patient. For this reason, it is essential that a system, or systems, are designed in such a way that they support and enable meaningful […]

December 10, 2014

Commercial Emphasis of Interoperability

In a previous article, we discussed how various professional organizations and government entities define interoperability. Industry organizations and commercial vendors typically have their own definitions of interoperability that emphasize the specific goals, operations specifications, and environments of their industry.  Here is how some of the major healthcare information technology (HIT) vendors and healthcare systems stress […]

November 18, 2014

Defining Interoperability

Every organization and industry defines interoperability differently.  While almost all sectors agree that interoperability means that different systems must work together, each focuses on a different key aspect of the definition and emphasizes certain features over others. In the healthcare technology sector, interoperability must take into account IT requirements, healthcare standards, and the need to interface […]

November 4, 2014

Interoperability: A long word, a simple concept

With hundreds of thousands of types of software available on the healthcare technology market today, interoperability has become somewhat of a buzzword, yet many people don’t understand what it actually means, nor that it encompasses so much more than just software. It is not enough that software is written to accommodate taxonomies and standards. Interoperability involves all […]