glossary of terms

Glossary of Electronic Health and Medical Records Related Terms

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Interoperability

Interoperability describes the electronic sharing of information or actual care related communications between disparate EMRs and EHRs. The communication of information may be directly through EDI or through regional or national data repositories that are designed and managed for this purpose. The regional and national organizations are usually referred to as HIE (health information exchange) or RHIO (regional health information organization). For LTC, the most common examples of interoperability are direct communication between EHR systems and vendor pharmacies, labs and hospitals.