In order to keep the health information and technology industry up-to-date with all of the latest knowledge and resources, HIMSS is proposing a revamped definition of interoperability, as defined by the enterprise. Last updated in 2013, the enterprise is seeking public comments as the new definition develops.
The following proposed interoperability definition is now available for public comment.
Comment period runs until March 23. Please review the following and submit your comments.
Interoperability is the ability of different information systems, devices or applications to connect, in a coordinated manner, within and across organizational boundaries to access, exchange and cooperatively use data amongst stakeholders, with the goal of optimizing the health of individuals and populations.
Health data exchange architectures and standards allow relevant data to be shared effectively and securely across the complete spectrum of care, within all applicable settings and with relevant stakeholders (including with the person whose information is being shared). Optimally, interoperability facilitates connections and integrations across these systems to occur regardless of the data’s origin or destination or the applications employed, and ensures the data are usable and readily available to share without additional intervention by the end user.
In the health ecosystem, interoperability furthers the goal of optimizing health by providing seamless access to the right information needed to more comprehensively understand and address the health of individuals and populations.
Systems participating in information exchange do so with varying degrees of interoperability. Each component, described below, demonstrates the types of exchange organizations may engage in and such exchanges may occur simultaneously within a single healthcare setting:
Interoperability Definition Call for Comments
HIMSS is updating our definition of interoperability and we’d love to hear from you. Review the latest definition as shared by HIMSS and provide your feedback by March 23.
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