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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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Interoperability in Healthcare: Benefits, Challenges and Resolutions


Volume 3, Issue 1, May 2013, Pages 262–270

 Interoperability in Healthcare: Benefits, Challenges and Resolutions

Olaronke Iroju1, Abimbola Soriyan2, Ishaya Gambo3, and Janet Olaleke4

1 Computer Science Department, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
3 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
4 Computer Science Department, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria

Original language: English

Received 1 April 2013

Copyright © 2013 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play significant roles in the improvement of patient care and the reduction of healthcare cost by facilitating the seamless exchange of vital information among healthcare providers. Thus, clinicians can have easy access to patients' information in a timely manner, medical errors are reduced, and health related records are easily integrated. However, as beneficial as data interoperability is to healthcare, at present, it is largely an unreached goal. This is chiefly because electronic Health Information Systems used within the healthcare organizations have been developed independently with diverse and heterogeneous ICT tools, methods, processes and procedures which result in a large number of heterogeneous and distributed proprietary models for representing and recording patients' information. Consequently, the seamless, effective and meaningful exchange of patients' information is yet to be achieved across healthcare systems. This paper therefore appraises the concepts of interoperability in the context of healthcare, its benefits and its attendant challenges. The paper suggests that the adoption of a standardized healthcare terminology, education strategy, design of useable interfaces for ICT tools, privacy and security issues as well as the connection of legacy systems to the health network are ways of achieving complete interoperability of electronic based Health Information Systems in healthcare.

Author Keywords: Interoperability, Information Communication Technologies, Electronic Health Information System, Healthcare, Patient care.


How to Cite this Article


Olaronke Iroju, Abimbola Soriyan, Ishaya Gambo, and Janet Olaleke, “Interoperability in Healthcare: Benefits, Challenges and Resolutions,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 262–270, May 2013.