Interoperability in Smart Health Systems: Reshaping Healthcare Policy
In modern medicine, healthcare information systems are the driving force behind interoperability in the surrounding communities. As interest in smart cities continues to become more popular, the model behind interoperability begins to take a new shape. Political boundaries in the healthcare market are always existent and as we approach a time where uncertainties about where the direction of healthcare is headed, these obstacles are greater than ever. Policy in healthcare is rapidly changing and doctors today are facing more pressure and scrutiny for their actions than ever before. Recently, general practitioner Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, was found guilty of second degree murder for overprescribing medication that resulted in a teenager’s death. The first ever case in the United States.1 Doctors are more fearful than ever about the strict consequences of their actions and fluctuating and developing healthcare policies aren’t helping either. The development of smart cities and the forever changing healthcare policies are leading to a new method that will lay the foundation of the implementation of information systems for the next generation of healthcare providers. Semantic interoperability (converting information into equivalent meaning to allow seamless information transfer) and pragmatic interoperability (how healthcare processes and contributors interact with information systems) are two frameworks that are being tested for their effectiveness in the implementation of information systems.2 These frameworks contain many key sub factors that may be the preferred integration method for smart cities of the future. As the development of smart cities continues, we should see the effectiveness of these integration methods begin to take shape.
- Gerber, Marisa. “Doctor Convicted of Murder for Patients’ Drug Overdoses Gets 30 Years to Life in Prison.” Los Angeles Times14 Mar. 2016: n. Retrieved from: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-doctor-murder-overdose-drugs-sentencing-20160205-story.html.
- Shixiong Liu, Weizi Li and Kecheng Liu, “Pragmatic Oriented Data Interoperability for Smart Healthcare Information Systems,” Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 2014 14th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on, Chicago, IL, 2014, pp. 811-818.