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Intraoperability vs. Interoperability in Healthcare Information Systems

One of the most present challenges to interoperability in healthcare information systems is the fee-based, for-profit software model for connecting EHR systems. Such solutions meet the immediate need of a hospital system or organization to create an EHR that is accessible at different points across the care continuum – for example, between inpatient and ambulatory care settings. However, while this system creates a “biosphere” that enables access to a single, shared patient health record by all providers in the system, it does not allow an exchange of information with other entities (such as specialists, general practitioners, and other providers) who operate outside of their biosphere. Without investing in a platform that would enable access to this closed system, independent providers cannot exchange information easily with those in the biosphere. 

This type of system can be called intraoperable, rather than interoperable. These limitations impede the practitioners' ability to meet the standards of programs like Meaningful Use but, more important, they inhibit access to a comprehensive patient health record and affect providers’ ability to deliver the best quality care for the patient.

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