EHR integration with OtoAccess® Worklist HL7
In May 2020, Interacoustics could announce the release of OtoAccess® Worklist HL7. The solution is an HL7 interface that integrates OtoAccess® Database with electronic health record (EHR) systems, also known as EMR systems, of a Health Level Seven (HL7) standard.
What does OtoAccess® Worklist HL7 do?
To flesh this out, let us say you are using a database of some sort, and that your hospital or clinic uses electronic health records (EHRs). However, in your case, the database and the EHR are not integrated. What this means is every time you have a patient in for a hearing or vestibular test, you would have to create a patient record and duplicate their health data following the test. By duplicating we mean PDF exports, printouts, scanning and other labor-intensive tasks, which do not add value to the healthcare provided to your patient.
On the contrary, let us say you own a setup where OtoAccess® Database is integrated with your EHR. In this case, you do not have to create patient records; simply select your patient, perform the test and send the test data back to your EHR. A very simple workflow that reduces the time spent on data exchange, while emphasizing patient healthcare.
Why should you automate your clinical workflows?
Referring to the example above, by integrating their healthcare systems, clinicians are effectively waving goodbye to creating patient records, PDF exports, printouts, scanning and so forth. Once the receptionist has created a patient record in the EHR system, you can access it in your HL7 software. Once you have tested your patient, your data is backed up with clicks rather than with paper.
This saves five to ten minutes per patient, which could be spent on other patients in dire need of your clinical healthcare and provides large cost savings on non-healthcare related tasks. Søren Bo Petersen, Senior Product Manager, Interacoustics, elaborates:
"OtoAccess® Worklist HL7 eliminates tedious parts of the clinical workflow, such as creating patient records in two systems. It also makes data handling more robust, as data is sent back and forth between the EHR software and OtoAccess® Worklist HL7. As a result, this new integration solution can spare five to ten minutes per patient on administrative tasks that are peripheral to the core agenda: the patient."
Safety first for patients and healthcare providers alike
Not only does OtoAccess® Worklist HL7 save time, it also provides a very safe way of handling data in a number of ways:
Firstly, by keeping the transfer of sensitive health data to digital means at all steps, you eliminate the risk of any patient data slipping away. Thus, a patient's clinical information will immediately and always be full and up-to-date in the EHR system, reducing any malpractice such as unnecessary treatment.
Secondly, the health and safety of patients and of those employed in healthcare is increasingly important. By adopting a digital workflow, the amount of 'traffic' in hospitals and clinics is reduced, as clinicians no longer have to frantic to the nearest printer or scanner to send their patient's data on its way. By reducing such traffic, hospitals and clinics can avoid cross-contamination between their employees and ultimately their patients.
The user interface has a minimalistic but modern feel. According to Søren Bo Petersen, this was a deliberate effort:
"In designing the software, we always had our eyes set on creating an easy-to-use solution. Thus, during any step of the care provider's audiological or vestibular evaluation, it only takes a matter of seconds to get the task done. Especially the ability to access a patient immediately after having received an HL7 message and the ability to return clinical data to EHR software in three clicks are huge time-savers."