The Barriers and Solutions to Interoperability in Healthcare

Daniel Pluard

November 23, 2021
intely Blog Illustrations The Barriers and Solutions to Interoperability in Healthcare

The healthcare industry has done an excellent job at building links between different healthcare providers. However, these links are still relatively disjointed and full of friction. There is a lot of confusion around interoperability in the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers can’t ignore this because it’s an essential part of solving many healthcare problems.

If you are looking to learn more about interoperability in healthcare, take a look at this blog.  

Interoperability in Healthcare 

Interoperability in healthcare is the ability of different software applications and systems to “talk to each other.” Simply put, interoperability is when unrelated pieces of information are brought together for more effective use. 

In the healthcare industry, sharing data between various healthcare organizations is essential. Most of these organizations use different software applications from multiple manufacturers, so it would be helpful to have some kind of program that links all of these applications together. 

intely: Breaking Through the Barriers to Interoperability

Barriers to Interoperability in Healthcare

Speaking from experience, we have seen that most health technology vendors need a set of standard connections with EMRs and EHRs. Generally, software applications conform to HL7 FHIR standards, but workflows and connections are still unstandardized. 

Digital health vendors must set up substantial, expensive, and time-consuming connectors and channels to connect and engage every system of record to different endpoints. 

Digital health technology vendors need a reliable no-code and low-code platform to quickly implement their interoperability solutions. Also, there is no standardized guide on integrating with a healthcare system of record. 

There is still no consistent way of identifying a single patient across nationwide systems. Accessing patient data through a directed exchange can be relatively simple, but pulling it from various sources can be complicated. 

The lack of a unified standard and the rapid increase of interoperable solutions may also create security concerns over data sharing. 

The Solution: Integrated Healthcare 

Fully integrated healthcare data is necessary to achieve interoperability. 

intely’s integration workflow builder will allow users to link their EMR with their patient records system easily. Our users can be sure that no data gets lost in translation. The user will either select a pre-designed template or create their custom workflow using a drag-and-drop editor. 

We created intely for the non-technical users who want an easy way of working alongside IT specialists during the implementation of software applications. 

Intely provides a comprehensive list of provider and payer standard connections, allowing providers to easily view the available standards and, more importantly, guarantee that they’re using standards that will work with their system of choice.  

We also provide a visual tool that allows users to view the workflow of any case type simultaneously, eliminating hours of work usually spent poking around one system at a time. Reporting capabilities are also readily available.  

At intely, we believe that the future is fully integrated healthcare. We unlock your data’s full potential and break through the barriers of healthcare interoperability. 

Benefits of Interoperability in Healthcare 

Healthcare interoperability makes it easier for patients to get the care they need when they need it. In fact, everything from the physicians, to the pharmacy, and to the billing department will be more accessible. This is all because of healthcare interoperability.  

Intely is your key to achieving healthcare interoperability. As a preview, here are the benefits of healthcare interoperability and why you should invest in it.

Security of Patient Data 

Through a secure, interoperable system in which this data is entered, organizations can better access where their data is located and who has it so that they may secure the privacy of patients and protect them from unauthorized use. 

Intely makes sure that your data is always protected. We are HIPAA compliant.  

Prevention of Clinical Errors 

A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins revealed that 44% of clinical error deaths could have been prevented. 

Intely captures and interprets data across systems and presents its users with clean and comprehensive data. Through thorough planning and implementation of intely’s various interoperability solutions, medical error deaths that resulted from incomplete patient data can be prevented.  

Improvement of Patient Care 

When patients go to hospitals or clinics, they are most likely in pain or not feeling well. Sadly, instead of just resting and getting well, patients are required to do administrative tasks like filing lots of forms, repeating their medical history over and over again, and sorting out their insurance. 

intely can streamline these processes so that patients can focus on getting themselves cured, and healthcare professionals can give them a more accurate and coordinated treatment. 

Reduction of Physician Burnout 

Healthcare staff spends a lot of time trying to find information from disparate systems and coordinating data exchanges. This makes it hard for them to interact with patients appropriately and provide the best possible treatment plans. 

With intely, healthcare staff can efficiently retrieve the data they want. Every healthcare worker will focus on meaningful interactions with patients rather than spending their time on coordination or sifting through mountains of paperwork, looking for different forms of documentation. 

Reduced Healthcare Expenses 

The West Health Institute (WHI) estimated that the US healthcare system could save $30 billion if it effectively utilizes interoperability systems.  Aside from that, interoperability solutions can significantly improve healthcare services. 

Through the intely platform, medical organizations can save valuable time by having healthcare data ready for them at the right time, every time.  


Interoperability and integration are necessary for organizations that are trying to share data across disparate networks and systems. Consequently, healthcare organizations still need software applications that process data effectively using the latest interoperability standards. 

Intely has an established track record of working with corporate health services companies to implement connectivity solutions that are efficient and secure – keeping you on track with industry regulations. 

The intely platform is designed to meet modern business challenges. These cloud-based software products leverage the latest standards in healthcare interoperability.  

We will give you the power to access more profound insights into health information and patient records for more innovative care. 

Interested? Visit to learn more. 

What is interoperability in healthcare?

Interoperability in healthcare is the ability of different software applications and systems to communicate and share data effectively. This involves bringing together unrelated pieces of information for more efficient use, enabling healthcare organizations to share data seamlessly.

What are the main barriers to interoperability in healthcare?

The main barriers include:

  • Lack of standard connections with EMRs and EHRs.
  • The high cost and time required for setting up connectors and channels.
  • Absence of a standardized guide for integrating with healthcare systems.
  • Inconsistent methods for identifying patients across systems.
  • Security concerns due to the rapid increase in interoperable solutions.
How does Intely address the barriers to interoperability?

Intely offers a no-code/low-code platform for quick implementation of interoperability solutions. It provides standard connections to EMRs and EHRs using HL7 FHIR APIs, and a visual workflow builder for easy integration. Intely ensures data security, compliance with HIPAA, and simplifies the process with pre-designed templates and custom workflows.

What are the benefits of healthcare interoperability?
  • Security of Patient Data: Better data access and privacy protection.
  • Prevention of Clinical Errors: Reduced clinical errors through comprehensive data capture and interpretation.
  • Improvement of Patient Care: Streamlined processes for more accurate and coordinated treatment.
  • Reduction of Physician Burnout: Efficient data retrieval reduces time spent on administrative tasks.
  • Reduced Healthcare Expenses: Significant cost savings and improved healthcare services.
How does Intely improve patient care and reduce physician burnout?

Intely streamlines administrative processes, allowing patients to focus on recovery and healthcare professionals to provide accurate and coordinated treatment. By efficiently retrieving data, healthcare staff can spend more time on meaningful patient interactions, reducing burnout and improving care quality.

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