Communication is the lifeblood of efficient healthcare delivery. When clinicians can share data efficiently with lab technicians, the quality of care improves. A bidirectional lab API is an interface that enhances the smooth transfer of patient information, test orders, results, and other essential details to and from hospitals, labs, and state registries. Let’s take a brief look at some of the significant benefits of using a two-way interface to connect your EMR with other information systems and exchanges.
1. Real-time Exchange of Patient Data
Providers need a bi-directional interface to avoid burnout. Using uni-directional interfaces puts doctors at a disadvantage. If physicians use a one-way interface to communicate with a lab, they’ll be working asynchronously with the lab technicians. They will need to keep sending and receiving messages to send lab orders and receive the test results. Consequently, an information lag will be created, and this will cause trouble for patients.
However, with a bi-directional system, information flows from the physician to the lab and back in real-time. There will be adequate data about patient tests.
2. Elimination of Redundant Lab Orders
Unnecessary inpatient laboratory orders are a common problem in many healthcare organizations. It’s a significant source of waste for the patients and providers. Improved communication limits the number of unnecessary lab orders. In a study, interdepartmental collaborations and clinical decision support were used to cut down on the daily number of lab orders to 10,000 from 25,000 over 33 months.
A bi-directional interface allows physicians to communicate directly with lab professionals in real-time. They can ask questions about a test result, and the lab technicians will provide comments to help clinicians make smarter diagnostic decisions. Since each person involved in ordering tests, testing, or sending results has access to the bi-directional interface, there’s no need for any redundant data transfers.
3. Enhancement of Value-based Care
When bi-directional interfaces are combined with HL7 interfaces, providers and labs can be connected anywhere in the country. Lab results from a lab in Portland, Oregon, can be accessed and used by a physician treating a patient who traveled to Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to providing essential care for patients when they are not in the same area as their primary care provider, bi-directional communication also allows providers and labs to contribute to health exchanges and build an efficient national health information system.
4. Elimination of Errors
Many details and fine points affect the quality and timeliness of test results. The patient’s demographics, such as name, age, blood group, gender, bill number, sample type, list of tests, and a unique patient ID, must be transmitted correctly to the laboratory. These details must be captured in the lab information management system along with test results.
Using a bi-directional interface makes it possible to link the test results and analysis directly to the test order and patient records without any mismatch or errors. It reduces the mental burden on the physician and lab technician and improves the quality of care received by the patient.
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