Interoperability involves connecting diverse and disparate information technology systems and software applications to allow organizations to work together. Within the medical field, it enables healthcare providers, organizations and other stakeholders to communicate, exchange data and use the information that has been processed. It facilities better workflows and reduces errors or uncertainty and can save money by reducing the need for unnecessary tests or procedures.

The IDS integration team uses sound and secure methods such as HL7 messaging and other well-established standard protocols for linking information systems. Encryption and other measures are utilized to be sure data is transmitted securely so it can be shared among clinicians, labs, hospitals, pharmacies and patients regardless of the application.

Beyond linking systems within an enterprise, IDS also provides comprehensive solutions for data and image sharing across borders. Health information sharing and transition of care are currently among the most significant issues in healthcare today. Physicians, clinicians, labs, hospitals, pharmacies and patients all have a need for accessing health information. Making sure it’s delivered in a safe, secure and timely manner poses many challenges.

Typically, sharing is facilitated through VPNs and HL7 connections, which, though suitable for many situations, can be complex and require specialized expertise and individual setup and maintenance. IDS developers are skilled at establishing and maintaining these integrations, but with IDS you have options.

The AbbaDox Exchange image and results communication platform offers a means for cost-effective data transmission, including image links and CCD files, to multiple sites across the continuum of care without an HL7 connection. With Direct messaging and image sharing, the platform also supports Meaningful Use 2 initiatives.

Because it’s in the cloud, AbbaDox Exchange delivers a broad range of SaaS solution benefits. These include streamlined setup, scalability, and vendor maintenance and upgrades. Cloud-based technology also provides affordable costs through an economy of scale due to the deployment of existing IT components.

At IDS, we believe an interoperable environment improves healthcare quality by making the right data available at the right time to the right people.

Each customer implementation involves:

  • An assessment of interoperability needs with a proposed solution strategy.

  • Various data sharing methodologies: HL7, CCD, Direct message, DICOM

  • Numerous dedicated HL7 channels, each on a separate port and handled by a dedicated service. A large teleradiology operation may have more than 100 channels. This structure offers enhanced scalability and reliability.

  • Specially crafted interfaces to manage data appropriately.

  • A single, standardized HL7 outgoing feed format for each site or system, regardless of the number and variety of incoming HL7 feeds. This simplifies IT complexity, streamlines system management and speeds addition of new integrations. 

  • Immediate acknowledgement of data receipt, prior to parsing it. This enhances the ongoing speed of message receipt and allows IDS to manage any required troubleshooting with the original message structure still intact.

  • Control over network traffic for location and priority of prefetching of relevant priors.

  • Support of redundancy, failover and DR strategies with control of multiple servers and archives.

  • Reporting on key staff activities involving transactions through the Interoperability Cloud, such as the number of radiology reports completed.

The Benefits of Interoperability in a Cloud Environment

  • Ultra-fast fast implementation and adaptation to needs

  • Affordable through an economy of scale

  • Elimination of onsite set up and maintenance

  • Costs shifted from a capital equipment to and operational budget

  • Elimination of technical obsolescence 

  • Expert implementation team leveraging years of experience

  • Workflow focused technology 

  • Customizable to meet every site’s needs