The four definitions of interoperability


The four definitions of interoperability #GenomicsTeam @deerwalkinc uknow?

Healthcare Interoperability

Interoperability is one of those terms that everybody thinks they understand.  When you press people for a definition you usually get a shuffling of the feet and a blank look.  “Well,  it’s when things talk to each other, right?”

This isn’t actually an unreasonable response because there are at least four competing definitions for the term in the modern healthcare arena and they are all subtly related.   Today we’re going to take a look at definitions from IEEE, HIMSS, HL7  and ONC.  As  you’ll see, the water is somewhat murky.

Our discussion starts with the IEEE Standard Computer Dictionary: A Compilation of IEEE Standard Computer Glossaries (New York, NY: 1990) where interoperability is defined as;

The ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged. See IEEE Standard Computer Dictionary: A Compilation of IEEE Standard Computer Glossaries (New York, NY:…

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