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An often stated problem with health information systems is fragmentation. Why is this problem? Discuss the various reasons for fragmentation and the perseverance of this despite the growing consensus about integration. What is done to counter this fragmentation, at various levels (global, national, etc)? What are necessary prerequisites for integration?

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Fragmentation of health information systems (HIS) is clearly evaluated in this case. References are also infused to validate the findings.

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An often stated problem with health information systems is fragmentation. Why is this problem? Discuss the various reasons for fragmentation and the perseverance of this despite the growing consensus about integration.
Fragmentation of health information systems (HIS) is a problem, as it creates many
challenges that ultimately affect patient care and effectiveness of car providers. When HIS lack
connectivity and the ability to exchange patient health information (PIH), care providers may not
be able to access a complete health history for a patient. The care provider may then need to rely
solely on the information provided by the patient. It cannot be assumed that all patients understand
their diagnoses and treatments or even will remember past health interventions. Different HIS
within the same region may lack connectivity, so even if a patient has remained in ...

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