Ehealth Systems Interoperability Assessment Framework in Case of FMoH

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Addis Ababa University


In today’s digital world almost all data, information and other functionalities which are vital to the society day to day life are stored, processed and probably exchanged by plenty of information systems. Those systems might also be independent and scattered which are installed to meet the required specific purpose; for healthcare service is among many. In the case of AARHB is not an exception making interoperate ehealth systems in general, and particularly ehealth systems in Addis Ababa Regional Health Bureau level, is an urgent problem. However, the first stage towards attaining interoperability is to conduct interoperability assessment , here the aim of this research is to keep AARHB healthcare institutions effort in developing and implementing full-fledged interoperable ehealth systems. By developing multidimensional interoperability assessment framework for ehealth systems implemented in AARHB healthcare institutions. The researcher examined many related studies through document analysis method to extract basic interoperability assessment framework perspectives followed by gap analysis. Then, this study constructed by four basic interoperability perspectives namely: Organizational interoperability, Informational interoperability, Technical interoperability and other interoperability perspectives having 19(nineteen) sub components. Structured questioner was developed for each sub component to be validated or rejected by 14 purposefully selected domain experts. Simple descriptive validation conducted involving binomial test analysis technique; usually show that the proposed framework’s basic interoperability perspectives through their corresponding key components are deliberately validated by domain experts, by quantifying the proportion of domain experts acceptance for each key component. Hence, the interoperability assessment framework and all the key components proposed by the researcher are important appropriate and valid to be fully considered and used not only by AARHB but also by FMoH, on their future practical efforts to create seamlessly interoperable ehealth systems at the line of healthcare service delivery. The findings of this research have great contribution to theory by providing insight to the complex healthcare systems interoperability perspectives and further enhance the knowledge source in this area. Also decision makers in AARHB healthcare institutions will practically benefited from this study being aware of multiple interoperability perspectives and one possible approach, when they need to tackle ehealth systems interoperability barriers.



Ehealth Systems, Interoperability Assessment, Framework, Case of FMoH