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Rambabu Garlapati; Rajib Biswas , pp. 71. COM/School of Computing, 2012.

The work

Författare / Author: Rambabu Garlapati, Rajib Biswas,
Titel / Title: Interoperability in Healthcare - A focus on the Social Interoperability
Abstrakt Abstract:

Context: Now a days Information technology has become a part of health-care delivery this
makes life much easier for patients and health-care professionals. The increase in demand for
communication among the different health information systems and health professionals has
made interoperability complex and whereas interoperability is mainly focused at semantic
and technical levels of communication. Yet, the social interoperability, an important part of
communication between computerized systems and health professionals, is overlooked.

Obje ctive s: In this study we explore the differences between interoperability and social
interoperability. Furthermore investigate the social interoperability in practice and the
problems that affect the health-care.

Methods: We start with the literature survey to learn the definitions of interoperability and
social interoperability. Later, case study approach is carried out to investigate the social
interoperability in Interoperability. Interviews were also conducted as part of the
observations in cases.

Re sults: The similarities and differences in definitions of interoperability and social
interoperability are sorted out from the literature study. Five cases have been investigated to
identify the social interoperability in practice. Analyses of these cases have identified some
of the major problems for health information systems that do not meet social interoperability.

Conclusions: Interoperability definitions agree that interoperability is undoubtedly
important for health data communication, but their goals in achieving interoperability is
concerned only about computerized systems and very less focused on social interoperability.
The case studies are used to find out the social communication using in health information
systems. We realize that the communication between the users and the information systems
are quite complex. The developed systems are witnessing the usability difficulties to the
health-care providers that affect the patient care.

Populärvetenskaplig beskrivning / Popular science summary: Healthcare is delivered by diagnosing diseases, prescribing medicines, prevention of illness.
Doctors, nurses and medical organizations deliver the service to the patients. Most of the
communication between patients, caregivers and computers are observed in the care setting.
eHealth is the healthcare and delivery process that are supported by electronic and
communication technology. Some of the eHealth applications used today are patient
information system, ePrescription, lab systems, electronic health records etc. One or more
times every eHealth tool (here tool represents a software application) will communicate with
other eHealth tools for information exchange. The communication of these tools gave birth
to interoperability that should actually make the information exchange easier. eHealth
interoperability is the ability of one or more computers and software applications
communicate with each other for health information exchange and make use of the
information. More communication among the tools makes the communication complex and
interoperability challenging. Furthermore, interoperability among the heath information
systems is observed majorly at three levels and they are semantic, social, and technical.
Semantic is about how two or more tools share information and make use of that
information. Technical interoperability is about the technologies and networks used to
communicate among those applications. Social interoperability is concerned about the
environment and the human processes involved in the information exchange.

In our study we explore through various definitions of interoperability and social
interoperability in a focus to find the differences and similarities among those definitions.
Furthermore we have observation of some cases from various primary care centers in order
to find out how social interoperability is in practice. We apply our findings to figure out the
social problems involved in the care environment. Though, technical and semantic
interoperability is mostly concerned by the researchers, but here we find, social
interoperability (along with the technical and semantic), is also playing important role in

The audience of this study can be healthcare professionals, like doctors, nurses and
information technology people, Research workers, Academia and all the people who are
interested in eHealth.
Ämnesord / Subject: Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Informatics
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\General
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Computersystems
Nyckelord / Keywords: eHealth Interoperability, Social Interoperability.

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8sdh8v
Program:/ Programme Datavetenskapligt program/Computer Science
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 03/14/2012
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Masterarbete/Master's Thesis (120 credits)


Handledare / Supervisor: Prof. Bo Helgeson
Examinator / Examiner: Prof. Lars Lundberg
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: COM/School of Computing

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Anmärkningar / Comments:

Rambabu Garlapati
Rajib Biswas

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