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An Overview of Healthcare Interoperability and Key Considerations for Upcoming Challenges

Published: 15 February 2017

ID: G00276465

Analyst(s): Barry Runyon


While semantic challenges will persist, existing interoperability standards and networks are sufficient for exchanging high-fidelity patient information. As healthcare providers evolve to real-time health systems, CIOs should prepare for more-sophisticated health information exchange.

Table Of Contents


  • Healthcare Interoperability Will Continue to Challenge CIOs
  • Interoperability Is a Strategic Imperative
  • The Paradox of Healthcare Interoperability
  • Interfacing, Integration and Interoperability
  • Standards, Networks and Initiatives
    • Interoperability Standards
    • Interoperability Networks
    • Interoperability Initiatives
  • Key Forward-Looking Interoperability Capabilities
    • Prepare for API Redux
    • Plan for Universal Identifiers and the National Patient Identifier
    • Prepare for IoT Interoperability Challenges
    • Leverage Interoperability Networks and Alliances
    • Standardize the Use of Standards

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