*By Rodrigo Garcia

It is not new that interoperability has become an important topic in renowned healthcare institutions. This is because the concept, which originates from the Information Technology (IT) sector, represents the ability of different systems, devices or entities from different markets to communicate and share information in an efficient and standardized way, without the need for manual intervention. .

In the corporate context, interoperability is vital to promote integration, collaboration and innovation between interested parties, as it allows the optimization of processes, the reduction of operational costs and the improvement of decision-making based on integrated and transparent data.

In this sense, the application of interoperability brings significant benefits such as increased efficiency, optimization of service quality, improved security and innovation. At the healthcare sector, it facilitates access to patient data, coordination between professionals and streamlining treatments, using standards such as HL7 for the integration of demographic information that further improves the care and quality of patient care at the end.

The challenges of Interoperability in healthcare

For healthcare institutions in Brazil, interoperability represents a constantly evolving challenge, requiring investments in technology and the adoption of regulated interoperability standards.

However, the effective implementation of interoperable systems requires the choice of suppliers that adhere to established standards and that offer solutions compatible with existing platforms, aiming at data integration and continuous improvement of processes, both within healthcare operators and across the entire network of providers, such as hospitals, laboratories, etc.

It is important to highlight that there are different levels of interoperability. Among them, the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic levels stand out, which address, respectively, the structuring and coding of data, the interpretation of the meaning of information and the context of use of this data.

Furthermore, it is important to highlight that interoperability can be classified into technical, semantic, human, legal and organizational, each addressing different aspects of integration and communication between systems.

Benefits beyond operational

Investing in interoperability in the healthcare sector not only modernizes management, but also provides the standardization of patient data, reduced operational costs, efficient communication between sectors and the humanization of medical care, including the possibility of decision-making and actions in the field of preventive medicine with patients.

However, facing the challenges associated with interoperability, such as standardizing vocabularies and adapting teams to new technologies, is essential to achieving these benefits and promoting more effective and personalized healthcare.

In this way, interoperability is fundamental to guarantee the efficiency of healthcare institutions, whether public or private, allowing effective integration between different systems and platforms, with the aim of improving the quality of patient care and promoting more integrated healthcare management. and innovative.

*Rodrigo Garcia is Head of Market and Products at Benner Group, a company that offers business management software and technology services to revolutionize and simplify business.

Notice: The opinion presented in this article is the responsibility of its author and not of ABES - Brazilian Association of Software Companies

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