Informatics Specialty Essay

1596 Words Sep 13th, 2012 7 Pages
Informatics Specialty Area and Interoperability
Grand Canyon University: HIM-515 Foundations and Concepts of Healthcare Informatics
June 20, 2012

Informatics Specialty Area and Interoperability As the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) progress nationwide, the concepts of interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) must be discussed. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (2005, p. 2) define interoperability as “the ability of health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and communities.” Interoperability is the enabling of two systems, including those that do not share
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Some of the risks as documented are: Identity Theft
Although health information is protected by all security measures in other economic area such as defense and finance, it still has the potential risk these areas have experienced. Identity theft occurs with both paper files and electronic files. A breech in electronic files may affect more records than a breech in paper file.

Errors
Health information exchange is used to improve care. It is however still subjected to error. This information is manually imputed, meaning errors can occur is the health care provider entering incorrect information. This incorrect information can be widely distributed across the system to as many providers until corrected.
Hackers
As with any other electronic medium, there have been ongoing attempts to infiltrate records. Health care information benefits from the security developed by other industries. This will not ultimately stop the hackers from attempting to break in, but it will offer some challenges.
Marketing Approach to Encourage Health Care Vendors to Exchange Data The health information exchange vendor market remains fragmented, with more than 3 dozen companies identified as providing its products and service (McGee, 2011) with approximately 35 vendors health information exchange has named as product and services providers, no one vendor has claimed a dominance in the market as yet. Leading the vendors at

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