System Interoperability for Healthcare

Interoperability is the ability of two or more components, applications or systems to exchange and use information. The best analogy for interoperability is a digital nervous system – a backbone that transports the standardized messages both to and from the end points and a brain that analyzes the messages traveling through the system. Our interoperability solution helps to reduce redundant data entry, speed access to information and create a real-time flow of information through an enterprise IT system. The key benefit of creating interoperability is to improve the visibility, sharing and re-use of data collection between disparate healthcare applications and devices.

ICD-10 Implementation Solutions

Perficient is positioned to start with your 4010 to 5010 migration and then move forward into your ICD-10 remediation projects. We believe in attacking ICD-10 with a phased roadmap of coordinated projects beginning with a careful analysis of your healthcare IT applications through planning the cultural transition on using the expanded code set. Our solution is custom tailored to fit your environment, staff and timing needs. More importantly, we offer cost effective solutions including off-shore development where needed, tools and technology knowledge and proven project management. Our ICD-10 solution can ease the transition with visibility of the general equivalency mappings and a historical analysis of your claims or billing. We understand your goal of keeping the accounts receivable neutral and running smooth. Now is the time to act on getting the roadmap in place before scarce IT resources slow down your important deadlines.

Digital Nervous System for Healthcare Providers

Perficient offers a HL7 interoperability solution that we call the “Digital Nervous System.” We design and implement an interoperability solution that connects healthcare IT application using standardized HL7 and ANSI X12 messages. This message bus architecture will reduce or eliminate very high levels of redundant data entry for physicians, nurses and patients. It will connect medical devices for data collection into newer EMR systems. The Digital Nervous System can collect these transactions in near real time and use them to provide immediate operational feedback and clinical alerts. This interoperability solution is designed to ease HL7 messaging with external vendors, regulatory agencies, laboratories and health plans. Our experienced team will deliver the specialized HL7 knowledge and technology skill sets to speed implementation of the integrated systems required in healthcare.  At Perficient, our solution combines the strength of standardized messages with a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).  The combination of HL7 and SOA creates a flexible interoperability solution that can be phased into use within a healthcare organization to support both Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives.  Our “Digital Nervous System” will collect the information to enable a strong healthcare analytics environment as well.

How the Perficient Interoperability Solution Meets Your Concrete Needs

  1. It makes your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software easier to implement. One of the challenges of implementing a large scale EMR software (Cerner, EPIC) is that the healthcare organization has to continue to operate during the implementation. An interoperability solution can take information from your existing systems that produce HL7 or ANSI X12 transactions, laboratory systems, ancillary systems or newer medical devices and feed that data to the new application. As a result, the data entry or data collection process to start-up or parallel test the new EMR system can be reduced and, in some cases, eliminated. The cost and time savings will more than justify the cost of the interoperability solution.
  2. It can collect near real-time transaction information for improved operations. Simply saving the HL7 transactions being created and transmitted between your applications can provide valuable insights into daily operations. The near real-time capture of HL7 transactions will allow the creation of event notification systems to react to operational needs, patient safety or quality initiatives.
  3. An interoperability solution will integrate current healthcare applications and future software acquisitions. Most modern healthcare applications speak HL7 standard messages or they can be interfaced to create HL7 or ANSI X12 messages. This “common language” allows healthcare organizations to integrate the disparate applications in their IT environment including registration systems, lab systems, core measure tracking, surgical software suites, and newer medical devices. In addition, the common language of electronic transactions allows integration with external organizations – vendors, other healthcare organizations, providers and national level organizations.