International Research Journal of Computer Science and Information Systems

 Full Length Research Paper

Gaining the competitive advantage in eHealth interoperability solutions

*1Aderonke Olusola Akinde, 2Nicholas Goga and 3Oludele Awodele

1,3Room C113, Department of Computer Science, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria

2University of Groningen, Netherlands

*Corresponding Author E-mail: aderonkeakinde@hotmail.co.uk

Received May 7, 2013; Accepted May 22, 2013

Abstract

Managing information systems today requires more than just having stand alone information systems - which are efficient in themselves. It requires that the information being managed is readily available to other departments within an institution as well as other institutions within the same domain or economic sector. Health Institutions across the globe make use of some Hospital Information System / Electronic Health Record system or the other which can only be maximized if there is some level of interoperability between them. This paper presents a SWOT analysis of interoperability solutions that have been implemented or are being used in the health sector – with a focus on highlighting actual problem(s) addressed by the researcher/developer, the implementation strategy and methodology adopted, as well as pros and cons of the solution. Considerable recommendations were made for the development of eHealth Interoperability solutions that can help gain competitive advantage in the healthcare interoperability solutions market.

Keywords: Electronic health record (EHR), health information systems (HIS), interoperability, health information exchange (HIE), competitive advantage.

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