Guide: Health care data interoperability

Health care data interoperability is a cornerstone issue as providers become more heavily involved in health IT issues, including electronic health records, accountable care organizations and mobile health innovations. Interoperability, while perceived to be a cost- and time-saving strategy, can be a contentious issue among vendors that don't want to share proprietary system information and providers that don't trust sending patient information across databases for anyone to see. It has been discussed by all sides of the health IT market, with vendors, government agencies such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and provider representatives all making evaluations on the current and future state of interoperability in health care.

Vendors will continue to consider interoperability in their products as new health IT technology continues to be created.

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Health care data interoperability news

Interoperability has been cited as a key force, which can help lower costs and encourage more sharing of information among patients and providers. Vendors and government agencies such as the ONC have also expressed their thoughts on interoperability. Read how interoperability has affected the health IT market as a whole.

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Tips and contributor thoughts on health care interoperability

Contributors weigh in on data interoperability in health care, and our staff shares the thoughts of experts. Topics in this section include how a national health information exchange could benefit from interoperability and how stage 2 of meaningful use could affect interoperability.

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Interoperability podcasts and videos

Health care data interoperability has drawn the attention of many across the health IT industry. Hear what our staff and experts, including Doug Fridsma, M.D., director of the ONC's Office of Standards and Interoperability, have to say about various interoperability topics.

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