healthcare technology

Sharing Patient Records through an EHR—Huh?

Dossier de santé électronique. Elektronische krankenakte. 電子健康記録. Say what??? Electronic health record!

At this month’s Senate hearings focusing on EHRs and possible updates to the HITECH Act of 2009, the lack of interoperability—the inability of these systems to speak the same language–was cited as one of the major ongoing difficulties with healthcare IT and reform today.

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT noted, “An interoperable healthcare IT ecosystem makes the right data available to the right people at the right time across products and organizations in a way that can be relied upon and meaningfully used by recipients.” An admirable goal!

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), chairman of the Senate health committee, said “The hope was that the program would improve care, coordination and reduce costs. The evidence suggests these goals haven’t been reached.”

While statistics indicate that EHR adoption tops 50 percent of all practices, experts estimate that only 20 to 30 percent of providers use them to communicate beyond the enterprise.

To many in the medical field—providers, payers and IT vendors, this comes as no surprise. Change is painful—and it doesn’t come cheap in terms of financial and administrative costs.

That’s why IDS is highlighting at HIMSS 2015 the AbbaDox Exchange cloud platform, designed to share patient information in real time across providers, manage and track referrals, and facilitate the coordination and transition of care. The innovative platform provides a much-needed solution to the lack of interoperability of existing electronic EHR and other IT systems across providers.

AbbaDox Exchange automatically transmits a full range of data, including medical images, continuity of care documents (CCD), reports and other patient records to multiple sites with disparate IT systems—all without complex and costly customized data feeds, VPNs and other point-to-point connections.

Common use cases include communications of data across health information exchanges (HIEs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and multi-site hospitals using a range of incompatible EHRs and other technologies. The system also supports data sharing for trauma transfers, consults, and second opinions.

AbbaDox Exchange relies on acknowledged industry protocols and technologies —such as HL7 and the emerging Direct Message paradigm—but takes the technology to the cloud to benefit from standardized IT building blocks and procedures enabling simple and rapid deployment, full automation and the cost-savings of an economy of scale.

AbbaDox cloud Direct Message processing also does away with the time-consuming user input that characterizes other image sharing systems to blend seamlessly with existing workflow. As a software as a service (SaaS) solution, it delivers streamlined setup, scalability, and vendor maintenance and upgrades—a plug-and-play communications hub in the sky from the user’s point of view.

To launch the sharing process, the subscribing facility’s information transparently flows to the AbbaDox cloud platform after acquisition. Based on information in the files, information is then transformed as required for the recipient’s system and forwarded. After viewing, the EHR-ready communication can be saved in the referrer’s EHR system or other patient file.

AbbaDox Exchange helps both users and recipients comply with certain requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, specifically those involving radiology orders and image sharing.

It provides a much-needed, pragmatic solution in the realities of today’s healthcare environment.

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