HL7 delivers healthcare interoperability standards

Itís good to talk: making connected personal health possible

BJHCIM News Article: 17 October 2007

David Whitlinger, Intelís Director of Healthcare Standards explains why interoperability is the key to providing millions of people worldwide with the tools they need to manage their health and the health of their families.

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Connective interoperable technology

While many of the technologies that can radically improve healthcare already exist in some form, adoption within the healthcare arena is still slow. The reasons for this are many. One of the key barriers, however, is the cost involved with adoption and the lack of standards and interoperability.

To become a central component of the way we manage health, independently manufactured personal health and medical devices must be fully interoperable with each other and with other information sources so that their unique functions can interact to advance the entire system. Interoperability allows patients to use the best devices for their individual needs and provides immediate access to health information.

Extract from BJHCIM News Article published 17/10/07

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