Digitization of healthcare in the U.S. has taken root. Statistics from HealthIT.gov show that EHR adoption by physicians and healthcare organizations doubled between 2008 and 2017. Healthcare digitization deepened during the pandemic, making data interoperability an urgent necessity. Patients records need to be accessible by physicians from any location. Labs must connect to all their physician clients electronically, and doctors must seamlessly interface with diagnostic, radiology, and pathology labs. Thankfully, affordable and reliable solutions like EMRHub have been developed to meet the demands of today’s digitized interoperable telehealth landscape.
Here are some of the benefits of using EMRHub to interface your EHR with applications and health information systems.
1. Unlimited EHR Connections
Care providers and labs have relied on building custom point-to-point interfaces in the past. These interfaces have apparent limitations and need to be modified or rebuilt each time a provider or lab upgrades its systems.
Using point-to-point interfaces keeps IT teams busy and limits the number of systems that providers can interface with. On the other hand, using Lifepoint’s EMRHub allows users to connect to all major EHR vendors.
Whether you are a provider using Epic, Cerner, AllScripts, eClinicalWorks, Meditech, or any of the well-known EHR systems, you can interface it with your lab’s LIS or radiology RIS with minimal effort. Similarly, a laboratory can provide an interface that connects easily to all physicians regardless of their EHR vendor.
2. Fast Turnaround Times
To remain competitive, laboratories need to offer best-in-industry turnaround times to their clients. That’s why providing all clients with an intuitive, user-friendly interface must be a priority.
Waiting for providers to fill out paper forms will no longer suffice. Physicians need to fill test orders directly from the EHR, reduce processing time, and eliminate transcription errors.
Using a well-designed interface engine allows labs to enjoy efficient communication with providers. Providers can send orders quickly, and labs process the orders and send the results back electronically.
Receiving tests results early also enables physicians to make appropriate treatment decisions. Prompt treatment prevents complications that can occur due to delayed test results.
3. Low Operating Costs
Working with point-to-point interfaces is only efficient when a lab or provider connects to a few external applications. It’s not cost-effective when you need to scale operations reliably.
Building and maintaining multiple point-to-point interfaces is not sustainable. Apart from the development and deployment costs, support and monitoring can be overwhelming.
The best option is to use an interface engine that reduces the time to build an interface from several months to a few weeks.
4. More Productive Outreach
After connecting to EMRHub, your IT team will have more time to help you achieve your business goals. Instead of spending several hours daily debugging interface codes, they can reach out to existing and potential clients.
If you run a lab, you can use EMRHub to improve your outreach. Your clients will be delighted with the interfaces that enhance efficiency, which could bring in more revenue.
5. Interoperability Rule Compliance
Using EMRHub makes it easy for providers to offer value-based care. It enhances the smooth flow of information from physician to diagnostic lab and back.
Efficient data transfer allows clinicians to make treatment decisions with complete information, and patients can seamlessly access their healthcare data anywhere.
We work with all major EHR vendors to create interfaces and coordinate the secure flow of patient information in line with ONC’s Interoperability Rule.