Interoperability using HL7 and FHIR

More than ever, physicians and practice managers have discovered the benefits of digital information. Recognizing the power of discrete data, healthcare IT professionals want to translate that information into a format that is interoperable with other organizations in the industry. That format is currently HL7, moving toward the new FHIR form. Scanning printed reports or manually typing information onto an EMR is cumbersome and inefficient.

Fortunately, there’s a much better approach. Properly formatted digital information can be stored, analyzed and shared for many purposes.

  • Sharing information between medical devices
  • Importing data into Electronic Medical Records Systems
  • Sharing information between practices or reporting to an ACO
  • Communicating with a reference lab
  • Analyzing data to better serve patient populations
  • Identifying and effectively dealing with chronic illness trends
  • Integrating patient kiosks and patient portals and other 3rd party products

Taking advantage of digital information requires practices to translate data into the common electronic language of HL7, otherwise known as Health Level 7. Translation offers challenges of its own, with different “flavors” of HL7 to take into account.

Most practices don’t have the desire or resources to keep up and take advantage of the latest technical developments related to Interoperability. A prime example is the trend toward FHIR. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources is the emerging IT standard for the healthcare industry. It’s just one part of the ongoing progression of the digital world in our healthcare industry. Keeping up to date is a daunting task.

That’s why physicians, practice managers and IT professionals turn to Mi7 Solutions to improve their processes and gain efficiencies. With over a decade of experience, we have the skill to meet the technical challenges you face. Others may be telling you it can’t be done, or they are not able to provide the custom solution that suits your needs. At Mi7 Solutions we have better answers.

Contact us to find out how we craft solutions that empower medical organizations to succeed.