Interoperability / Population Health
Healthcare interoperability refers to accessing, sharing, exchanging and using electronic health information (EHI). By collaborating regionally among independent healthcare organizations for sharing clinical information, organizations can deliver, coordinate and manage care. Often, administrative information is shared as well. Interoperability encompasses adopting and advancing interoperability rules, standards, technologies, platforms and frameworks. Healthcare interoperability technologies, standards and trust frameworks enable the compliant interchange and sharing of EHI, allowing clinicians and legitimate stakeholders to safely access a patient’s medical record when and where they need to. Interoperability allows disparate IT systems to share EHI to facilitate quality care delivery and coordination and contain costs. Population Health Management is the operational model designed to simultaneously improve health, manage costs and improve experience for a group of individuals and four operational components (Performance Management, Care Management, Consumer Engagement and Program Design and Governance) work to achieve the objectives.