Open network vs closed network: What is the difference?

The flow of data between healthcare providers is fundamental to the advancement of medicine. It’s pivotal during a crisis. And it’s essential if we are to move to a more person-centered, value-based healthcare system.

However, what if you can only access, exchange and integrate data with providers on your platform and within your network? That’s the situation for most healthcare providers today when they join a proprietary, ‘closed’ network.

What is a closed network?

A closed network offers connectivity, but only for a limited set of providers, which often follows geographic or technology vendor lines.

This connectivity can provide benefits, but falls short of the potential value if multiple networks and electronic health systems could be connected.

A closed network can also imply a network that uses proprietary technology which is not directly interoperable with other standards-based networks. 

Open vs. Closed Interoperability Network

What is an open network?

Open, interoperable networks enable data to flow between and among networks, platforms and geographies, much like the telecommunication industry did for linking cell phone networks.

Open networks allow more providers to access and share more information. And when providers have exactly the information they need, they are able to make better decisions for the individuals in their care.

Open network vs closed network

In short, a network is only as strong as its ability to connect with other networks. When networks can connect with each other, everyone wins – providers, patients and payers. A top-rate healthcare system is dependent on seamless connectivity of care and of information.

Why Netsmart?

Through a single connection point, your organization can access, exchange and integrate patient information securely with thousands of other providers. The result is safer and better care. Discover the difference of a fully connected Netsmart system.