How Interoperability Unlocks Better Healthcare

How Interoperability Unlocks Better Healthcare

Imagine a healthcare system where your medical records seamlessly follow you, accessible by any doctor you see, instantly. No more faxing, emailing, or carrying physical copies. No more delays in treatment due to missing information. This is the power of interoperability, and it’s revolutionizing the way we receive care.

Interoperability refers to the ability of various healthcare IT systems to communicate and exchange data securely. This means your medical history, from allergies to test results, becomes readily available at every touchpoint, empowering both patients and providers.

The Need for Interoperability is Growing:

  • 62% of US hospitals can electronically send, receive, find, and integrate health information with other systems (source:, 2021). This progress shows the increasing awareness and adoption of interoperability solutions.
  • A recent survey by Statista found that over 50% of the top 50 health systems in the US plan to increase their spending on interoperability in 2023, highlighting the industry’s commitment to breaking down information silos.

Here’s how interoperability can unlock a new era of patient care:

  1. Reduced Medical Errors: Imagine a doctor unaware of your penicillin allergy prescribing a new medication. Interoperability eliminates this risk by providing a holistic view of your medical history, preventing potentially dangerous interactions and misdiagnoses. A 2020 study by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that implementing interoperable EHRs could reduce medication errors by up to 80%.
  1. Enhanced Efficiency and Reduced Costs: No more redundant tests or procedures due to unavailable records. Interoperability streamlines communication, saving time and resources for both patients and providers. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, interoperability has the potential to save the US healthcare system up to $300 billion annually.
  1. Strengthened Care Coordination: Different specialists, often across various healthcare practices, can now collaborate seamlessly. expEDIum’s interoperable solutions foster a more comprehensive understanding of your health, leading to more informed treatment plans and improved health outcomes. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that improved care coordination through interoperability can lead to a 10% reduction in hospital readmissions.
  1. Empowered Patients: With easy access to your own medical data, you can actively participate in your healthcare decisions. Imagine understanding your test results, medication history, and treatment options clearly, fostering a sense of ownership and control over your well-being. A 2023 survey by The Commonwealth Fund found that 72% of patients believe having access to their electronic health records improves their care.
  1. Improved Public Health: Interoperability facilitates the collection and analysis of vast amounts of healthcare data. This empowers researchers and public health officials to identify trends, predict outbreaks, and develop targeted interventions, ultimately improving population health. expEDIum is committed to contributing to this mission by providing secure and interoperable data solutions.
  1. Security and Privacy Remain Paramount: While interoperability unlocks immense benefits, data security and privacy are paramount. At expEDIum, we prioritize robust safeguards to ensure unauthorized access and data breaches are prevented. We comply with all relevant regulations and industry standards to protect your sensitive information.


While significant progress has been made, achieving true interoperability remains a work in progress. Standardizing data formats such as FHIR, HL7, CCD/CCA, HIE, etc., addressing legacy systems, and ensuring patient privacy are ongoing challenges. By breaking down information silos and fostering collaboration, we can empower patients, improve care quality, and create a healthier tomorrow. Let expEDIum be your partner on this journey towards a more connected and data-driven healthcare ecosystem.


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