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Interoperability for Public Health Agencies: A Self-Assessment Tool

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January 24, 2017
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Interoperability is defined as the ability of information systems and software applications to communicate; to exchange data accurately, effectively, and consistently; and to use the information that has been exchanged. While interoperability efforts often focus on technology, it is important to consider other factors. These can include organizational, political and economic drivers of and barriers to information exchange and the development of interoperable tools. 

Components of the self-assessment will address:

  • Policies: The procedures and practices that enable systems to exchange information, capabilities and services.
  • Infrastructure and Shared Services: The hardware, networking and staffing that enable system interaction.
  • Levels of Automation: The levels at which systems communicate automatically utilizing information technology. 
  • Data Standards​: The data formats and technical specifications that enable information exchange.
Citation Information: 
The Public Health Informatics Institute. "Interoperability for Public Health Agencies: A Self-Assessment Tool." (accessed 09/07/2020).