Dear Partners and Customers,
In our last email, we reviewed the IHE Encounter Base Imaging Workflow (EBIW) integration profile and the need for an Enterprise level Encounter Base Information System (EMIS) that can efficiently integrate the organization Information systems and medical devices from various vendors.
Today, Medical Devices are expected to seamlessly integrate with the EMR – Electronic medical records, using the HL7 standard just like Imaging Modalities integrate with the PACS/VNA using DICOM.
At the minimum, a modern medical device should support the following services: PDQ – Patient Demographics Query, to identify the patient and get from the EMR the patient demographic and, ORU – Results Management, to send to the EMR the procedure results and reports.
The question that you, as a medical device vendor, need to ask is: “Should every device support HL7 internally or do I have to develop and supply an information system that will connect my devices to the EMR?”