I agree with the fact that some IT professionals in the field of health care believe that the current technology exists for attaining interoperability among the health care information systems, mainly EHRs. Today, technology is being used in health care institutions to ensure that patient data is well managed and can be retrieved easily when it is required. Interoperability is the degree to which devices exchange and interpret data; this can be achieved easily through technology.
Even though interoperability can be semantic, structural, and foundational, technology helps attain various achievements. Through foundation and interoperability, data needs to be exchanged from one system and received by the other. Therefore, technology is important because it aids in exchanging data over IT systems. For example, networking in healthcare institutions is used to transfer data from one IT system to another.
In addition, technology in healthcare enhances the intermediate level of interoperability hence defining the standards of message formats. Data in healthcare moves in multiple directions according to the purpose. Hence, it is vital for data in healthcare to remain unchanged when it is being transferred, thus defining the syntax. The use of technology in the transfer of healthcare information is helpful because it ensures that data is never altered.
If any technology is found to interfere with data during movement, it is considered to be inefficient and must be dropped. Therefore, technology should ensure that there is uniform data movement in healthcare facilities.
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