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HL7 and EMR / EHR Interoperability


Technology has enabled easy and effective sharing and communication of health care information. With advancement in medical science and advent of innovative health care technologies, it has become essential to provide a secure and accurate means of transmitting critical medical information.

Role of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Interoperability in Health Care Industry

Exchanging health information with others enables practices and physicians to achieve delivering the optimal health care to individuals. EHRs play the vital role of large and all-inclusive systems that facilitate smooth functioning within a closed network setting.

In order to eliminate medical errors, the Office of the National Coordinator has been active in building an electronic medical data infrastructure on a nationwide basis. This also improves patients’ access to their own medical records and enhances clinical performance, while reducing disparities in the health care. For achieving this, interoperability of medical data is the crucial element.

Ways of DATA Communication

There are two major categories of data communication in the health care industry, namely, legacy approach and web approach.

Legacy approach engages systems that function behind closed walls of network – providing no easy way of looking into each other systems. Legacy systems rely on bundling up various data pieces into a file in text format and transmitting the same in secure manner to others. The main standard for such files is HL7.

HL7 has created messaging standards and standards for clinical document architecture and continuity of care documents. These standards define how lab reports need to be reported, data is exchanged, and public health events get reported.

Web approach employs Internet technologies that are built in a different way. Here, a web application is expected to be shared widely and not behind closed environment. Web-based solutions make use of web services for communicating between one another.

Health information exchange (HIE) organizations assist smooth exchange of health data across several medical practices and patients. HL7 is a standard using which HIE works with clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and other medical service organizations.

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