Research Article
Issue Date: July/August 2021
Published Online: June 18, 2021
Updated: July 13, 2021
The Promise of Interoperability
Author Affiliations
  • Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L, FNAP, is Vice President, Community and Academic Programs, CyncHealth, Omaha, NE.
  • Julie Malloy, MOT, OTR/L, PMP, CPHQ, is Director of Quality, Practice Improvement, American Occupational Therapy Association, North Bethesda, MD;
  • Jaime Bland, DNP, MBA, RN, is President and Chief Executive Officer, CyncHealth, Nebraska Health Information Initiative, Omaha.
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Health Policy Perspectives
Research Article   |   June 18, 2021
The Promise of Interoperability
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2021, Vol. 75, 7504090010.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2021, Vol. 75, 7504090010.

Despite technological advancements in health care documentation and the proliferation of electronic health records, health information and health data remain disparate. Patients and health care teams benefit from access to comprehensive patient records to make informed health care decisions. Significant governmental policy and investments have been made to promote interoperability of systems that connect health information with the ultimate intent of developing a longitudinal patient record. In this article, we discuss how health data, interoperability, and related systems are influenced by federal policy. The intent is to expand occupational therapy practitioners’ understanding of the promise of interoperability and the role the occupational therapy profession can play in advancing the infrastructure needed to optimize health care delivery.