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Adopting a Proactive Approach to HIT Interoperability Challenges

Interoperability is an issue that spans the entirety of health IT infrastructure, but breaking down the approach of how to fix it is key to success. Health2047 Managing Director Charles Aunger explains that separating the larger issue into smaller parts makes the individual activities more achievable and realistic for IT teams to accomplish. At the same time, this approach allows organizations to be more budget conscious with smaller projects.

Aunger suggests that organizations keep four key points in mind when approaching how to solve interoperability issues. “Set your mission correctly and understand your goals,” he advised. “Testing needs to be absolutely defined, and you need to examine look at how you interact with the system. Lastly, don’t go after the big apple approaching the environment as a whole will never work.”