The Web Services model can be extended for EMR that can support such technology as one option for EMR integration into their workflow. For EMRs that cannot support Web Service connectivity, we deploy an integration appliance allowing bi-directional communication with the HIE and the ambulatory EMR.
We are working with several vendors to provide the best integration possible to HIE data. Microsoft is a proven worldwide leader in building ecosystems of vendors in many technology segments. Within the healthcare industry, Microsoft has a partner network exceeding 200 vendors. Using standards-based mechanisms, we can provide the best experience possible for users of EMRs.
Technical facilities that allow EHRs to access, publish, and consume data from your HIE solution
We have developed a formal specification that is based on HL7 standards for EMR vendors to access, publish and consume data from the HIE. Our specification is primarily based on HITSP EHR capabilities (“CAP 00 - HITSP EHR-Centric Capabilities”). Please refer to the specifications here.
Specifically, we will approach this requirement by drawing upon our operational experience and the tools we have developed over the past 5 years to help EMRs better integrate with the HIE. The first step in this process would be to analyze the use cases that the HIE Operator is interested in (Groups A, B, C, D, E). For each use case of interest, we will deduce a) the inbound and outbound interfaces and their specifications b) the UI integration strategy for a given EMR and c) a meaningful use cross reference.
In a recent effort on Long Island NY, we helped our HIE customer to identify 5 different EMR vendors and are now in the process of jointly specifying the integration model with their specific application.