Interoperability in Healthcare using Open Standards

The emerging major overhaul to the Healthcare system, aided by Value Based Healthcare and Outcome Measurement, is inevitable and that’s is good!

The outstanding question is how do we infuse Sensemaking in the future Healthcare realm?

The cues for a better interopable worldview is nothing new. The main obstacles and roadblocks could be narrowed down to the following: closed-down data and information silos, with no governanace and policy making that apply the open innovation paradigm. This is the first post in a series (2) unpacking interoperability in the healthcare system.

Open Standards – the remedy for the Healthcare systems incurable prognosis?

The use of open standards to reach for interoperability on all levels should be the main driver for all policy making in the healtchare system regardless of country, region, hospital or clinic. And moving into patient engagement and health monitoring and consumer centric applications and services, this becomes even more obvious.

In a recent thesis “Standardization of interoperability in health care information systems“, (exec brief presentation) the different levels of interoperability was presented. Using Value Based Healthcare change in Sweden as background.

Interop Map

The results presented showed that without a good “Interoperability Climate” determined by sustainable resources and clear governance, the other interoperability levels will be problematic. With the bedrock being healthcare provisioning in Sweden, this could unfold to a better orchestrated interoperability practice, from Government, to the National Board of Health and Welfare, to local regional healthcare providers and hospitals, private clinics. As well as with citizen centric Health services, and consumer Health and Wellbeing apps on any platform. From policy makers, this implies that new policies should stress and enforce the use of open standards as a way to unleash the closed down data silos and practices.

In the future blog posts we will discuss semantic interoperability and technical interoperability, given that Findwise work in EC funded project, KConnect. And the final blog post will relate to information governance models, and why open standard uses make sense in the organisational interoperability domain.

This is a brief conversation with the students presenting their thesis. The first introduction is in Swedish (5-10min). The walk through of the thesis is in English.


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