"While it is true the words interoperability and health information exchange go together, a common misconception about interoperability is that it means health information exchange (Health Information Exchange (HIE) focuses on the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region or community. HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information between disparate health... More).
In an ideal scenario, one does not exist without the other, but it is important to underline the fact the two terms do not refer to the same thing."
Nice to see Jacksonville University educating about interoperability and health data exchange! This nicely written article lays out the difference they believe exist between the terms "interoperability" and "health information exchange."
We'll leave these two points for consideration:
- You can exchange health data without it meeting the requirements of being interoperable (eg, The Direct Project was launched by the ONC within Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 1, 2010. It was initially called NHIN Direct. The object of the Direct Project is to replace the use of faxes, phones, and paper transactions with a simple and... More)
- Health Information Exchange organizations do not necessarily share their data with HIE members — most only offer views of the data, which we don't think qualifies as true interoperability.