Improving Outcomes and Ensuring Compliance with Clarity EHR Integration
Integrating your Electronic Health Record (EHR) system opens up many possibilities, but it must be done right to ensure proper function and HIPAA compliance.
The challenges of integrating diverse healthcare standards, intranet and Internet communications, patient and consultant accessibility to EHRs and internal business systems require an exceptionally mobile, intuitive and secure platform. EMR and EHR software are designed to integrate electronic health records into healthcare businesses to provide HIPAA compliance. However, to meet or exceed these requirements and offer patients, medical staff, insurance providers and outside consultants access to EMRs and EHRs, healthcare businesses need a robust communications platform to connect these stakeholders. The benefits of offering Web access to health records include better patient care, cost savings and efficiencies, better coordination between medical service providers and greater patient participation in his or her own care.
Integrating with Top EHR Software
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 committed federal resources by creating incentives for integrating EHR and EMR systems with patient-accessible websites. These integrations offer sweeping advantages for health care companies that include:
- Using Skype for Business to manage communications about patient care among healthcare staff, outside consultants and patients
- Qualifying for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic EHR Incentive Programs
- Improving data accessibility to clinicians, patients and outside consultants
- Streamlining submissions for insurance claims
- Advancing patient-care quality
- Fostering greater patient engagement in managing his or her own health
- Providing HIPAA-compliant security for taking, storing and transferring sensitive and confidential patient information
- Sanitizing outside data before transferring it to internal EHR systems by integrating HIPAA, Health Level Seven (versions 2 and 3) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) international standards in the middleware security layer
- Capturing patient charges correctly and completely and routing them to patient billing, third-party billing and outside medical service providers
- Reducing paper records
- Establishing, maintaining and monitoring clinical workflows
- Gathering outside patient data for comparisons to local patient populations
- Interacting with affiliated clinics, labs, pharmacies and hospitals
Getting faster information to patients, physicians and outside affiliates generates demonstrated statistical benefits as reported by physicians. These statistics show that 74 percent of physicians have remotely accessed a patient's chart and that 50 percent have been alerted to critical lab results. About 40 percent of doctors have been alerted to medication errors or possible interactions, and 29 percent of clinicians have ordered fewer tests based on receiving lab results faster.
More than 479,000 healthcare companies have upgraded their electronic record-sharing capabilities under Medicaid Incentive Programs through October of 2015, and more than $21 billion in payments have been sent between January of 2011 and October of 2015.
An experienced vendor can connect all the different EHRs and API apps to generate a secure, interconnected website that patients can trust while providing all the advantages that electronic record-sharing produces for healthcare companies. The right connecting software connects to any API or EHR including:
Clarity uses HL7v2 (Health Level 7 version 2) to integrate Epic with other healthcare and business systems to allow them to communicate and send data and information. Some businesses integrate their Epic systems with their websites to allow patients to make appointments online, view their test results, and have access to their patient charts. One Clarity implementation employes Epic integration with inventory management systems to keep track of instruments used when operating on patients..
MEDITECH, which is less expensive than many EHR systems, lacks sophisticated interfaces with internal business systems and hasn't kept pace with increasing use of mobile phones to access EHRs. The right connection platform can solve these deficiencies by providing greater management capabilities and more secure communication options while seamlessly connecting with HL7v2.
Acute and ambulatory care requires fast communications among physicians, emergency service personnel and patients or their proxies. The right platform provides a robust middleware solution that integrates Cerner communications and validates incoming the intelligence. Integrating with XML question-response messages can easily save lives and provide interactive diagnoses to patients in outlying communities.
Allscripts EHR integrates with pharmacies for e-prescribing applications, provides EHR management for ambulatory care facilities and enables patients to access their medical records and billing information. The right platform enables integrating live chat between prescribing physicians and their remote clients. Botched EHR integrations can cost health care companies far more than projected EHR software costs. A recent lawsuit was filed against Allscripts EHR for one of its lower priced products because the software failed to qualify for Medicaid incentives as promised.
The right connection platform ensures that HL7 messages integrate with eClinicalWorks EHR by detecting improper formats, mapping or identifiers. These qualifying actions ideally take place in a middleware layer that acts as a data screener. This option is especially important because eClinicalWorks recently decided to incorporate JSON and REST wearable app and tracking device information into its EHR system.
GE Healthcare EHR