Perhaps the greatest additional advantage of having an integration platform in the middle of your health IT environment is the creativity it offers above and beyond HL7 v2 interfaces. While approximately 90% of healthcare provider interfaces are comprised of v2 interfaces, many Corepoint customers are improving patient and provider workflows with a creative approach.
In this example, I’ll briefly describe how the engine can help the hospital compensate when the Electronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conform... is not synchronized with the Lab system. For example, when a patient is instructed by their doctor to walk down the hall to the Lab for blood work. The patient and the patient’s ORM message often arrive at the Lab for their exam before their doctor’s office EHR transmits their demographic info.
Believe it or not, this is a fairly common problem in hospitals. If the Lab system receives the order before it receives the patient’s demographics, it’s typically going to fail.
Here’s a workaround many Corepoint Integration Engine  users have implemented:
- When the doctor’s EHR sends an order, the engine can quickly check in the Laboratory Information System (LIS) is an information system that receives, processes, and stores information generated by a medical laboratory processes. LIS is often interfaced with HIS and EMR applications. Synonyms: Laboratory Information System to see if they have the ADT info on the patient.
- If no information exists, the engine can hold the order until the ADT is received, which usually takes just a few minutes. The order is placed in a bin and a timer can be set in the engine – a minute, 5 minutes, an hour, etc. – to check with the LIS again for the patient’s ADT info.
- When the ADT is available in the LIS, it is paired with the order and any other order for that patient that has been submitted, and then released into the LIS.
This is just one of many creative ways Corepoint Health customers are using the engine to connect data to care. It improves patient satisfaction and satisfaction of the users of the EHR and the LIS.