7 conditions that are necessary for Interoperability

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Interoperability in healthcare needs to be achieved for the effective use of digital technologies by the team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, and healthcare providers. In this regard standards alone cannot achieve interoperability, there are several other conditions necessary for interoperability to happen as stated by McCallie, who also has served as a member of the Health IT Standards Committee since its beginnings in 2009.

The 7 conditions are as follows:

  1. A business process that requires standardization must exist
  2. A standard needs to be developed with repeated testing and validation
  3. A group of healthcare entities must use the standard for some business purpose
  4. A network architecture has to be defined that provides necessary security frameworks for data sharing
  5. A business architecture that manages the contractual and legal arrangements for data sharing
  6. A mechanism to govern if the participants are following network and business frameworks
  7. All the ancillary infrastructure (like directory services, certificate authorities, and certification tests) must be deployed in support of the standard

    Read the full story here: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/7-conditions-necessary-interoperability/2015-06-11