Value of an Interface Engine for MEDITECH Hospitals

FAQ: If I already need to purchase an interface from my vendor, what is the value of an interface engine?

Opening the interface from a specific vendor is always essential. The value an interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More delivers can be summarized around four primary points.

First, with a robust, extensive interface from a vendor, getting the interface is only needed once and then it can be leveraged when additional data exchanges with other applications are required.

For example, if you need a patient demographic (ADT) interface between MEDITECH and your laboratory system , you should purchase a wide-ranging interface that includes not only all of the information you need today, but any information MEDITECH can include in that message for future purposes. As a result, when you have another requirement for an ADT interface to your radiology system, you do not need to purchase another interface from MEDITECH or 3rd party vendor. The interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More can use the existing interface, modify the format to meet your new partner’s requirements, and send it to your radiology system from MEDITECH. An interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More saves money as the numbers of interfaces grow.

Second, when a point-to-point interfaceA point-to-point interface is one in which the receiving vendor provides a specification on what dat... More is purchased and built between two specific applications, little to no monitoring of that interface takes place. If the interface is down, sometimes the only way you would know is when one of your physicians or providers calls to ask why no messages are being received. With an interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More, proactive monitoring and alerting of the interfaces are part of the package, along with message log management which makes it easier to re-send messages when needed. An interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More facilitates providing better service to your users and ensuring timely data exchanges occur.

Third, as in most things in life, change happens. A new data element may be required in an interface. If a point-to-point interfaceA point-to-point interface is one in which the receiving vendor provides a specification on what dat... More is in place, a change in the interface means being placed in the ‘custom’ queue so someone can customize the interface and deliver a new one to you. This takes time and may add to the cost.

With an interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More, making a change to an interface is simple and usually only takes minutes to make the adjustment. An interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More enables greater control over your interfaces and provides the capabilities to make changes quickly and easily.

A fourth key point is flexibility to work with other standards. Although HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More is a standard central to healthcare, other standards are playing an increasingly important role. For example, X12X12 provides for electronic exchange of business transactions-electronic data interchange (EDI). The... More messages facilitate billing, insurance eligibility requests, and other efficiencies in various workflows. The Continuity of Care Document, an XML-based data standard, is also gaining traction as it relates to exchanging patient summaries between various physicians and providers. An interface engineAn interface engine can transform or map the data to the receiving application’s requirements whil... More delivers the capabilities to work with different healthcare standards and adapt to the changing healthcare standards landscape productively and efficiently.

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