We all know that interoperability is important. It allows for information to be shared among care teams regardless of their location. This is integral to the continuum of care. A number of issues are standing in the way of adequate interoperability, though.
First is the confusion between how HIPAA compliance and interoperability work together. With HIPAA penalties being higher than ever, many healthcare workers are fearful of exchanging patient health data over concerns that an inadvertent breach could occur and cost them their jobs. The cost of integration is another barrier, not just financially, but the investment of time that is necessary to achieve interoperability.