A significant amount of healthcare technology, while well-intentioned, is created in an information vacuum, which is impossible regarding patient care. Due to unconnected or incompatible services, vital information can get “stuck” somewhere in space at a very unnecessary moment — when a lot depends on it. Let’s imagine that the doctor at the patient’s appointment needs to get acquainted with his data. The specialist moves from one system to another, losing precious time and actually endangering human lives: not only the patient at the appointment but also those who wait a long time for their turn in sometimes urgent matters.
Through trial and error, the medical community has found an excellent solution to this challenge: interoperability. So what is it and why is it so important in digital health?