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The Business Case for HL7

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Monday, 27 October 2014 18:17

Forecasting the Adoption of Electronic Health Information Sharing
We’ve been watching the progress made since the 2009 HITECH Act regarding the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in the U.S. Hospital systems have made a great first start, but efforts have been slow in the level of electronic information sharing across the entire healthcare sector. We still are years away from achieving the standards of interoperability as set forth in the vision of Health Level Seven International (HL7) vision and strategic initiatives for the exchange, integration, sharing and analysis of health data. We’ll get there eventually, but it may be a long and winding road ahead.

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Implementing an HL7 Interface

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Monday, 27 October 2014 17:58

Working Toward a more Integrated Patient Information System

Health care systems that started introducing Electronic Health Records (EMRs) may now be looking to move into the next phase of HL7 Integration, which involves working toward a single interface for exchanging electronic patient data. However, with the complexity involved in moving forward with this initiative, integration leaders may grow overwhelmed and confused on where to start and what type of system to implement.

Here are some suggestions for how you can move toward creating a new system to manage your growth while working toward the new standards.

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Top 3 Solutions for Interoperability and Senior Community EMRs

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Friday, 26 September 2014 17:56

The statistics are startling. When multiple physicians treat a patient following a hospital discharge, information is missing 78 percent of the time. Another study found 60 percent of medication errors occur during transition from one health care provider to another.

Many of these transitions occur in elder care. Senior communities, which include long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) services, are increasingly adopting electronic medical records and using tablets, cell phones, and other devices to conduct e-prescribing and documentation. However, only a small number have interoperability with other health care providers in the community, producing challenges in admissions, transfers, discharges and hospital readmissions.

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Apps Increase Clinical Communication and EMR Operability

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Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:10

In a 24/7 world, accessing patient records, receiving medical images and secure texting are all features needed and wanted by healthcare professionals. But clinical communication through tablets and phones has its risks as well as its rewards. Choosing your e-options carefully can ensure HIPAA-compliance in an ever-changing electronic world.

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Working through New Technology Challenges

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:42

Can poor communications be costly? A recent survey found the average U.S. hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor communication and coordination between staff members, and that these communication problems may be costing hospitals nationwide up to $11 billion. While social media can be powerful ways to improve communications, not everyone is comfortable or prepared to use them. Easing fears and having the right policies in place can help minimize challenges.

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