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Epic EHR-EMR Integration with FHIR Endpoints

Leverage FHIR Endpoints for Best Results

When talking about software and technology applications, the term integration often comes up in retail, wholesale, and health-related businesses.

Integrations drive automation and customer self-service applications, but can present special challenges for health practices because of demanding HIPAA regulations for privacy, security, and utility.

Fortunately, these problems can be resolved with an Epic EHR-EMR integration with FHIR endpoints.

FHIR works better across siloed healthcare systems because it communicates more effectively in today's digital environment.

Built on JSON for structured content, RESTful APIs and other common codes and formatting standards, the FHIR standard is both future-proof and easy to connect to existing systems to provide meaningful use in patient portals.

What Is FHIR Endpoint Integration?

Medical practices face the twin challenges of providing greater patient access while ensuring HIPAA-level security.

FHIR is an API format with predefined endpoints. The API layer is outside the website's firewalls, so all incoming and outgoing data can be verified for validity and security before being accepted into the system.

The robust nature of Epic's EHR and EMR technology when combined with FHIR endpoints makes it easy for developers to integrate medical apps, health monitoring devices, patient portals, medical mobile apps, and third-party resources into their systems.

The technical details of an EPIC EHR-EMR integration with FHIR endpoints can be challenging for any medical practice because healthcare staff members usually work on medical issues instead of development and security technology.

That's why it's important to hire an experienced software development company to implement an EMR-EHR system and handle the secure integrations.

FHIR and HL7 Details

FHIR, which stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, provides a robust API environment for secure access to HL7 data.

HL7 creates the actual specifications, and FHIR and SMART EHR are guidelines used to implement the technology.

The internal systems of hospitals, clinics and other health practices need to install, configure, and update their internal operating systems to incorporate these standards.

That's why medical companies need an experienced and trusted developer for a seamless integration process.

Benefits of EHR-EMR Integration with FHIR Endpoints

The integration of HIPAA-approved technologies fosters greater communication between patients and staff, streamlines office operations, and enables more self-service functions for patients.

Practices can meet their targets for the Medicare and Medicaid patient meaningful use mandate to qualify for government reimbursement. The more that patients use and consult their health records, the better their treatment will be.

Some of the patient benefits and staff advantages of using Benefits of using FHIR endpoints for EPIC EHR/EMR records include [1]:

Ease of Communications

  • Staff can post critical information to patients in a secure forum.

The Diagnostic Report Application

  • Patients can link to verified outside information associated with lab procedures.

The Observation Resource

  • The Observation Resource enables analyses of vital signs, smoking history, bad health habits and lab results to identify common health problems. Patients can consult expert resources for further information.

Health Provider Care Plan Details

  • Each patient can receive specific assessments and treatments for associated medical, surgical, dental and diagnostic procedures.

Appointment Management

  • All appointments are listed on secure patient portals that patients can consult anytime.

Overcoming Common System Limitations

  • The FHIR standard overcomes many limitations by making it easier to incorporate proprietary health apps and health information into EHR/EMR systems and allowing greater interoperability for software companies and app developers to create better features and apps for patients [2].

Bill Management

  • Patients can pay their bills and view their medical invoices 24/7. That increases on-time payments and reduces no-pays.

FHIR endpoints enable patients, doctors, pharmacies, and insurance companies to exchange data without the rigid workflows of other methods. There's no need for SOAP overhead when the system can use a straightforward RESTful approach. FHIR enables medical practices to focus on the 80 percent of common uses instead of the rarefied 20 percent of exceptions [3].

NEST Technology

  • NEST technology is the government's initiative to create universal interoperability among medical databases.

Spearheaded by the FDA, the goal of the initiative is to foster increased safety for medical-related devices and better input from devices, monitoring services, health providers, registries, patients, payers, insurers, and manufacturers to create a collaborative workspace where every stakeholder can work together on each patient's health [4]. FHIR technology is one of the most promising standards for building a universal interoperable platform.

FHIR for HL7 Integration

Professional development is an important step for your practice, hospital or clinic if you want to the maximum benefits of using FHIR endpoints in an EPIC EHR/EMR integration.

Clarity Ventures is an experienced development company that specializes in medical development, patient portals, mobile apps and HIPAA-compliant platform development.

We work with your staff to train them, test every aspect of development, and reduce costs while delivering state-of-the-art security and HIPAA compliance.

fhir endpoints enhance healthcare

Enhance Your Healthcare Services

Having Epic EHR integration with FHIR endpoints means you can increase access to healthcare information and communication between medical staff and patients. To learn more, get a free demo from an expert on our team.

 

References:

[1] Open.epic.com: FHIR

https://open.epic.com/Interface/FHIR

[2] Telmediq.com: What Will FHIR Mean For Hospital Communications?

https://www.telmediq.com/news/what-will-fhir-mean-for-hospital-communications

[3] Interfaceware.com: What is ‘FHIR’ and why should you care?

https://blog.interfaceware.com/what-is-fhir-and-why-should-you-care/

[4] Healthanalytics.com: FHIR, Big Data to Support FDA Medical Device Development Network

https://healthitanalytics.com/news/fhir-big-data-to-support-fda-medical-device-development-network

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