According to the Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”) the purpose of interoperability in Health IT is the following:
Interoperability ensures that health-related information flows seamlessly from General Practitioner, to Specialist, to Hospital, to Post Acute Care and to Patient. In other words, the patient’s information follows the patient regardless of geographic, organizational, or vendor boundaries. Specifically, Interoperability refers to the architecture or standards that make it possible for diverse electronic health record (EHR) systems to work compatibly in a true information network.
With these purposes in mind, the following types of sharing are most important in LTPAC: