Interoperability Across the Continuum of Care
The question is can health information systems work together across the continuum of care to provide effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and the community? Interoperability is critical to freely exchanging the healthcare information in order to provide high quality and efficient care to patients. It is not only the electronic health record systems in place but having an integrated base of data to provide the clinician with the best combined information at hand for him/her to make an intelligent decision.
The presentation will address whether the open API, the publicly available application programming interface, can access multiple data sources and combine the data into a usable format. The panel will discuss getting access to the data, where we are now, how access is working with multiple electronic record systems, what is working and what is not, and who owns the data.
- Understanding how interoperability impacts policy, social and organizational components in health
- Understanding of structural interoperability, which defines the structure or format of data exchange (i.e., the message format standards) where there is uniform movement of healthcare data from one system to another such that the clinical or operational purpose and meaning of the data is preserved and unaltered.
- Understanding of semantic interoperability which is the is the ability of two or more systems to exchange information and to interpret and use that information