What is Interoperability?
In healthcare, interoperability is the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. In other words, healthcare IT systems need to be able to "talk" to each other and then be able to use the information they share.
Health Level Seven International, founded in 1987, created standards for data exchange in healthcare and is now an authority on standards for interoperability. Inforia’s CaregiverDesktop EHR
transparently gives and receives data from other systems, using Health Level 7 (HL7) standards (or language).
Examples of interoperability within an EHR
If your EHR system has the ability to interoperate with other systems or software, it may be operating with your practice management system for scheduling and patient demographic information, electronic lab ordering and resulting, electronic medication management or dictation and transcription.