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With the concept of breaking down the barriers of health data interoperability dominating the HIT news cycle these days, it makes sense that a global organization like HIMSS would share their input – especially when it comes to defining interoperability.

The New Definition of Healthcare Interoperability

With the concept of breaking down the barriers of health data interoperability dominating the HIT news cycle these days, it makes sense that a global organization like HIMSS would share their input – especially when it comes to defining interoperability.

Recently the organization proposed an updated definition, which now includes four types of data exchange: foundational, structural, semantic, and organizational. As highlighted in this recent EHR Intelligence article, the previous definition, published in 2013, included only foundational, structural, and semantic interoperability.

According to this recent HIMSS blog post, the goal of the expanded definition is to increase the focus on a more aspirational end goal. With this in mind, interoperability is “more than just ensuring information is shared and integrated across systems/stakeholders, but that the information is shared in a way that improves outcomes and health for individuals and populations.”

Here’s more about why HIMSS added organizational interoperability to the definition:

HIMSS’s proposed new definition acknowledges that one organization may be interoperable to the extent that they can exchange a patient record as a static document, while another may be able to exchange it and integrate the information into their native system. What we noticed was that a fundamental component – the organizational requirements – was not discussed in our 2013 definition, but it was integral to achieving interoperability. We added this component in to discuss the non-technical considerations that play into successful interoperability and recognize that the “how you do it” is more than just ensuring the technical capabilities are in place.

Lately, we have been covering all things health data interoperability with the following content:

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