HL7 Electronic Data Exchange Info - Provider


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HL7 Electronic Data Exchange Information for Providers

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HL7 (Health Level 7) is a standard technical language for communication between different health care systems. Specifically for the registry, the purpose is for the electronic data exchange between an immunization provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system and the San Antonio Immunization Registry System (SAIRS).

Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:

  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and family
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

Reporting immunization information to an immunization registry is one of the two meaningful use public health objectives. (HealthIT.gov)

More information on the CMS EHR Incentive Program.

More information on how SAIRS handles Meaningful Use.

The first criterion is that you must administer vaccines to your patients, even if it is only the flu shot.

The next criterion is that you must capture in your EHR vaccine information, such as vaccine type (must be mapped to the standard CVX or CPT codes).

Depending on your EHR vendor, you may have to have a certain version or even purchase additional EHR options. The safest bet is to contact your EHR vendor and ask if your system is eligible.

You and your staff will greatly enjoy “going paperless” and in some cases, not entering vaccine information twice (once into your EHR and again into SAIRS). Your facility will no longer need to fill out and mail in the Vaccine Administration Consent Forms to Metro Health or complete direct entry tasks. SAIRS will be used solely for retrieving/ printing patient immunization records. You may also qualify for the CMS Meaningful Use EHR incentives.
The timeframe can vary between different EHR vendors and is dependent on many things. Direct contact information can help speed up the initial communication between SAIRS and the EHR vendor. After capabilities are figured out between the two groups, there is period of testing before your practice starts to actually send live immunization data to the registry. If your EHR vendor is already working with SAIRS, then you may expect very little delay.

Please direct all HL7-related questions to 210.207.5071 and you will be transferred to the appropriate SAIRS Team Member.

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