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