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Considerations About HL7 Integration

On the provider side of healthcare integration, HL7 (particularly v2) is a critical message type to understand. While it is standardized and heavily used by various EHRs/EMRs, it’s used in slightly different ways. There are efforts to further standardize and normalize its use across the board (such as with v3/FHIR), many EHRs and EMRs continue to use 2.x messages.  Common HL7 messages include admissions/transfer/discharge (ADT), scheduling (SIU), lab orders and results (ORU, ORM), and medical reports (MDM).  Choosing the right platform can be challenging.
Some of the challenges of HL7 2.x messages include:

The ability to add non-standard custom segments or additional data anywhere in the message (whether they are completely custom “Z Segments” or other segments that aren’t typically part of the message, such as IN1 segments in an ADT message to include additional insurance information).
A myriad of parsing and manipulation libraries…

Why the Healthcare Industry is Utilizing EDI as the Standard in Managing Increased Enrollment and Regulation

Over the past few years, the healthcare industry has undergone a complete overhaul of how it processes information. This was brought about by a growing list of new and complicated regulations handed down by federal and state governments that stem from the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the industry. These regulations include standardization of the electronic transmission of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which also protect the security and privacy of electronically transmitted information provided by their patients.
These mandates created an immediate challenge to healthcare organizations, because it required the industry to take increased ownership and control of Electronic Health Records (EHR). In order to meet this demand quickly, healthcare providers scramble to leverage a variety of methods to manage their EDI…

The Queue Manager solution to the Healthcare business

From my limited experience working for a client in the Health Care business I saw the magnitude of positive change the right solution can have on a problem. In the health care business it is often the case that patient information needs to be managed in such a way that it is easy to organize and manipulate patient data, by many different people. In a lot of cases a lot of this work and organization is done manually, whether it is a manual process on a computer or whether it is still done on physical paper. These manual solutions obviously slow down the workflow and add a level of complexity to organization that can be greatly simplified with a conceptually simple solution, The Queue Manager.
The Queue Manager, as you may have assessed from its name is comprised of a simple…

Leveraging Queue Manager Technology to solve the Healthcare Business Problem

            In the healthcare business today, a problem exists in integrating various information systems. The issue can be partially attributed to the fact that these systems only serve one specific department within a healthcare business.  Having such an issue can lead to inefficient patient care. For example, if patient’s health information is spread out over a number of different departments that do not collaborate, this could lead to negative implications on their overall care.
            To address the aforementioned issue and in an attempt to resolve challenges faced during system integration of healthcare applications, queue manger technology is being integrated in the healthcare industry. Specifics on queue management can be found here, but in short, a queue management application is an interface that sends and receives messages to/from other queue managers, allowing programs to run independently of each other, at different speeds…