TECH: Iinteroperability, Schminteroperability

I’m up at Health-IT World talking about interoperability. I interviewed the Sun guys and TeraMedica for this brief article, and will have something else on the topic out later this week. I hope that I made it understandable….it’s the kind of buzzword-full topic that makes your head spin. Please let come back and let me know what you think after you’ve read it.


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  1. > this is a significant bet on increased demand
    > for data interoperability within healthcare
    > organizations — a demand Sun thinks is answered
    > by its service-oriented architecture (SOA)
    I’ll believe it when I see it — the “increased demand
    for data interoperability” I mean.
    The main problem for the service-oriented architecture is the definition of “service”. So far, healthcare system vendors haven’t got good implementations of HL7 V2.0, and that’s its own SOA without some of the cool techy bits offered by CORBA and Microsoft’s DCOM. HL7 V3.0 is somewhat better suited to service definitions, and Sun have a reputation for leveraging standards so maybe they’ll use that. Then there are the X12.n standards, DICOM, NCPDP, and a few others they could support. If they go off on their own they’re not helping.