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Interoperability is a word you seldom hear uttered outside the health care sector (though there it seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues), yet it’s something that affects everyone.

Interoperability is the ability — or inability, as is often the case — to easily and securely access and exchange medical data in a format that is usable and useful to the recipient. If you’ve ever been to the doctor and they were able to pull up your complete patient record, that’s likely an example of effective interoperability because that care likely came from multiple providers.

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