A successful EMR implementation is more than simply selecting the right EMR or EHR software for your medical practice or hospital. It requires consideration of many key factors, including patient portal integration using approved standards for Health Information Exchange (HIE). The most commonly used interface standards in health care are:
Medical Web Experts has developed its patient portal solutions using the CCD standard. While most patient portals support only the CCR format, Medical Web Experts’ Bridge Patient Portal supports the importation and exportation of personal health records in both CCR and CCD formats.
What is Health Level Seven (HL7)?
Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information. It supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. Source: HL7
In the EMR industry, the term HL7 refers to as a set of standards developed by the HL7 organization. These typically include:
- The Version 3 messaging standard
- Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), its V3-based standard
The CDA Release 2.0 provides an exchange model for clinical documents (such as discharge summaries and progress notes) – and brings the healthcare industry closer to the realization of an electronic medical record. By leveraging the use of XML, the HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM) and coded vocabularies, the CDA makes documents both machine-readable (so they are easily parsed and processed electronically) and human-readable (so they can be easily retrieved and used by the people who need them).
CDA documents can be displayed using XML-aware Web browsers or wireless applications such as cell phones. While Release 2.0 retains the simplicity of rendering and clear definition of clinical documents formulated in Release 1.0 (2000), it provides state-of-the-art interoperability for machine-readable coded semantics. The product of 5 years of improvements, CDA R2 body is based on the HL7 Clinical Statement model, is fully RIM-compliant and capable of driving decision support and other sophisticated applications – while also retaining the simple rendering of legally-authenticated narrative. Source: HL7
Because many vendors don’t offer integrated EMR/Practice Management solutions, HL7 is typically used between EMR and Practice Management/Medical Billing systems. Additionally, many healthcare organizations with a medical billing system already in place prefer to adopt an EMR from a different vendor and avoid the hassle of moving to a new billing system, thus requiring an interface to be built between the two systems. Medical Web Experts develops custom HL7 interface solutions for Patient Portal and EMR systems.
Custom Patient Portal Solutions
Medical Web Experts is the premier developer and vendor of secure patient portals for the medical industry. We’re experts in developing new, customized patient portal solutions, as well as customizing your existing patient portal to better meet your needs.
Consulting and Development Services
Medical Web Experts offers expert consulting services for a wide range of projects. We’ve worked with many of the leading Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) and Practice Management Systems.
Our project experience includes:
- Interface consulting and development
- HIE & Interface Engine development
- HL7 markup/import/export
- CCD markup/import/export
- ASTM CCR markup/import/export
- Direct messaging interface development
- MirthConnect customization
- Custom web service interfaces
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Bridge Patient Portal
Perfect for practices, hospitals & healthcare organizations of all sizes
Medical Web Experts’ Bridge Patient Portal is a fully-customizable patient portal solution unlike any other on the market. Bridge offers complete flexibility with an advanced range of solutions that help facilitate communication between doctor and patient and can help medical organizations qualify for Meaningful Use.
Bridge Patient Portal is Direct Ready
Bridge is a participant of the Direct Project. This project was created to specify a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for EHR vendors and healthcare organizations to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.
When healthcare organizations, providers and patients exchange information today, they’re likely sending paper through the mail or fax. The Direct Project aims to improve this process to make it:
- Less expensive
- More secure
In addition, Bridge can be fully interfaced with any healthcare organization’s EMR/EHR system as well as practice management or billing software. Bridge integrates seamlessly with your website, marketing campaign and online marketplace or shopping cart.
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