Let’s start with a real life example of how operability can change a patient’s experience of his health care.
Let’s consider 4 different levels for interoperability and see what can happen in a real life situation for a patient:
Level 0: no interoperability at all
Level 1: technical and syntactical interoperability (no semantic interoperability*)
Level 2: partial semantic interoperability
Level 3: full semantic interoperability, sharable context, seamless co-operability
* the ability of computer systems to exchange data with unambiguous, shared meaning.
56 year old Sean recently moved from Ireland to Spain to take up his new job in a multinational IT company. A few weeks aft er arriving, he falls ill, consults his local (Spanish) GP and is transferred to the next hospital for further tests. Depending on the level of Operability established, the hospital has to initiate the following steps: