Lack of Interoperable Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: An Impact Analysis

Ishaya GAMBO, Oluwatolani OLUWAGBEMI, Philip ACHIMUGU


Progress of health information system (HIS) in recent years has made significant impact on both developed and developing countries. HIS has played a very important role in the hospital. Construction and employment of HIS can improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare work. But the development of HIS has some problems inherent in them such as non-standard hospital management, poor standardization, and lack of interoperable software development. As a result, HIS run is not able to share medical information and therefore, can’t meet the needs of reform in healthcare system delivery. In the future, for the sake of medical information sharing, teleconsulation, hospital efficiency enhancement, all the independent systems will realize interoperability. This paper however, seeks to analyze and address factors militating against interoperability in software systems the healthcare domain and recommends the adoption of service oriented architecture (SOA) within the domain.


hospital information system; standardization; digital hospital; information sharing; service oriented architecture.

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