in·​ter·​op·​er·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce interoperability (audio) \

Definition of interoperability

: ability of a system (such as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

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interoperable \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈä-​p(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce interoperability (audio) \ adjective

Examples of interoperability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts said the ruling affirmed the right of companies to freely use one another’s software to some extent, a practice that has been key to innovation and interoperability. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Supreme Court Decision Affirms Open-Source’s Role in Modern Software Development," 7 Apr. 2021 While good news for developers looking to further interoperability of programs, the ruling might also help consumers, Lori Andrews, a professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, says in an email. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "How Google’s Big Supreme Court Victory Could Change Software Forever," 6 Apr. 2021 EdTech’s success timelines are too short, the sustainability of solutions has been weak and interoperability remains a thorn. Derek Newton, Forbes, "Two 30 Year Veterans Discuss The Education Technology Market," 18 Mar. 2021 The fragmented approach may prevent easy interoperability between different systems in different countries, defeating the purpose of a vaccine passport. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, "‘Vaccine Passports’ Could Reopen Global Travel—And Lead To Discrimination, Critics Say," 17 Mar. 2021 That will help improve interoperability with allies. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "In visit, Austin hails Japan as 'cornerstone' of US China strategy," 17 Mar. 2021 How could this be accomplished with the interoperability that exists today? Jonathan Zimmerman, Forbes, "Why The Tech Industry Can Play A Pivotal Role In Revolutionizing The Healthcare System," 4 Mar. 2021 While its focus so far has been on serving the provider market, investors are eyeing the health insurance market, especially as new federal interoperability rules come into effect regarding patient data. Katie Jennings, Forbes, "This Startup Raised $45 Million To Connect Healthcare Data In The Cloud," 24 Feb. 2021 Progress needs to continue in the stubborn area of electronic health record interoperability and in speeding the process of credentialing and onboarding care providers. Kristine Martin Anderson, STAT, "The pandemic slingshot: propelling from national crisis to a resilient health care system," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of interoperability

1965, in the meaning defined above

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20 Apr 2021

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“Interoperability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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