Let’s first comprehend what interoperability is, in its simplest form interoperability is the ability of software systems to exchange, transfer, and access health information across different systems to promote care coordination and effective healthcare management.
Certain aspects can be used to measure the success of interoperability and its success, it includes the following two.
- Volume Measurement – This includes the number of transactions that can be exchanged between partners in a healthcare system including, an external lab and a provider facility or clinic.
- Quality Measurement – Measurement for the quality of the information and data that is transferred and exchanged, this has a direct impact on patient care and treatment process.
The data for evaluating interoperability maturity comes from national surveys conducted by hospital and office-based physicians. These measures of success are built to understand the industry’s progress with the next level of interoperability that includes data exchange that can be seamlessly integrated into receiving systems to enhance care delivery.
Measures of Success for Interoperability in your EHR Software
HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Committee recommended metrics that act as a guide to highlight trends that help support plans and investments and provides measurement activities to understand the interoperability environment.
There are eight different metric categories suggested.
- Basic Transactions – Measures the volume and the type of transaction and the metric suggest measuring these transactions as send, receive, query, and integrate.
- Partners and shareholders that the interoperability network supports. These partners may be patients, providers, payers, and registries.
- Standards that are used in the transactions which include message type and standards used for each such as, DICOM, ISO, or HL7 interface.
- Transactions that are defined by profiles including implementation guides and IHE.
- User characteristics which help to comprehend the environment and setting of interoperable transactions.
- Times of transactions to see whether the information is sent real-time or delayed.
- Transaction volume
- Future procedures and plans regarding the expansion of types of transactions.
The metrics create a foundation for measurement that helps to dive deep inside to understand the success of interoperability. Interoperability is the crux in your EHR software system to improve and secure data transfer and user accessibility like never before.