Share Data Seamlessly With Other Systems and Devices
Share Data Seamlessly With Other Systems and Devices
To deliver effective care, providers should be able to work together and assemble a comprehensive picture of each individual patient’s health. Yet, all too often, healthcare IT systems don’t communicate well with one another, making it difficult, time-consuming or even impossible to obtain and share the patient data providers need. This type of patient record software incompatibility isn’t just inconvenient and inefficient; often, it can be dangerous.
To help solve this issue, Modernizing Medicine® is committed to advancing interoperability.
Each year, interoperability has the ability to lower healthcare costs in the U.S. by a projected
What Is Interoperability?
Interoperability refers to the ability of healthcare IT systems and medical devices to communicate and share meaningful, useful data. This involves tech within your practice (e.g., your EHR software, practice management and imaging systems), as well as tech used by other providers (e.g., a hospital EHR or a Lab Information System [LIS]).
We’re working hard to help our clients achieve semantic interoperability—the ability of different systems to exchange information with unambiguous, shared meaning—all while securely transmitting information between systems. This functionality could allow you to safely access relevant, up-to-date data from other providers nationwide with just one click.
The potential benefits are extensive:
How Modernizing Medicine Can Help You Achieve Interoperability
Right now, the preeminent organization working to create universal access to health data nationwide is the CommonWell Health Alliance, a not-for-profit trade association of health IT companies.
As a Contributing Member of CommonWell, we help develop guidance and governance strategies for the Alliance. We also have a unique opportunity to develop and support technology that implements CommonWell specifications, such as our cloud-based EMR system, EMA™.
With the CommonWell functionality, EMA users will be able to query and retrieve patient care documentation (in the standard CCDA format) from other institutions participating in CommonWell that the patient has visited, and then import the retrieved data into EMA.
For instance, if a patient has recently had tests performed by a participating hospital, you would be able to import the hospital’s relevant documentation into EMA and save it to the chart. This can be a fast, seamless way to obtain missing pieces of a patient’s prior medical history.
Strong Technological Foundations
From the beginning, we’ve built our EMA products and services based on technical specifications that facilitate interoperability.
Our specialty-specific EMA products are:
- Protected by robust security practices
- Compliant with common interoperability standards, including HL7 and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)
- Based almost entirely on structured data
- Standard Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) can be transmitted using HL7 protocols
- Capable of sharing structured data with third parties through an application programming interface (API)
As our company continues to grow, we’re investing in our interoperability capabilities to give us more robust, scalable solutions to meet evolving client needs. Our commitment to expanding interoperability with our electronic medical record systems is paramount in our plans for the future.
Interfaces and Partnerships
We pride ourselves on being a reliable, cooperative partner for interoperability, and our clients attest to our proven track record of successful interfaces. If we don’t already have a system interface that’s important for you, let us know. As long as interfacing is technologically feasible, our team will explore setting it up for you.
Practice Management (PM) Systems
To give your practice a seamless, all-in-one solution, we developed an innovative PM system as part of our specialty-specific suites. Built with the help of specialist doctors and their staff, it fully integrates with EMA. However, we also interface with over 100 third-party PM systems and can exchange demographic, financial and scheduling information.
EMA communicates orders and results with over 150 pathology and clinical labs nationwide. EMA can also send certain labs relevant patient data, including:
- Digital photographic lab orders
- History of present illness
- And more
Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)
Modernizing Medicine interfaces with multiple HIEs. We allow you to send data, such as:
- Finalized visit and lab results
You can also receive data, including:
- Pathology and clinical lab reports
- Radiology reports
- Discharge summaries
EMA can send data to:
- Healthmonix’s MIPSPRO™
- Our own Specialized Registries
- The Modernizing Medicine Inc. Qualified MIPS Registry (for MIPS Quality, ACI and IA)
- State registries, including cancer, immunization and syndromic surveillance registries
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry
- The American Academy of Dermatology's DataDerm™ (coming soon)
We also work alongside hospital electronic health record vendors to establish interfaces that make it easy to exchange demographics, financial transactions, scheduling information and finalized visit notes with hospitals.