Most modern EHRs will soon integrate easily with WeHandoff using a web method called FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a new, international standard for exchanging electronic healthcare information, that replaces cumbersome and inefficient legacy data exchanges. FHIR is based on HL7 standards which all hospitals use, but is an improved version. FHIR is highly flexible, requires much less IT involvement and uses the same modern web architecture that companies such as Amazon, Google, and Twitter use to let other entities interact with their services.
If your EHR supports FHIR, WeHandoff can easily pull in your patients’ realtime data, and display it side-by-side with your customized workflow narratives in WeHandoff. When changes are made in your EHR that affect FHIR resources, they will be automatically updated in WeHandoff.
Pulling data from your EHR saves clinicians’ time by avoiding redundant data entry, integrating patient data from multiple areas (clinical, diagnostics, medications, workflow) , and reducing typographical errors often seen with manual patient data entry.
FHIR lets different entities: hospitals, clinics, labs, and applications such as WeHandoff, easily share and transfer patient information.
FHIR brings healthcare technology into the present day, as it uses the same modern web architecture used by applications such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, to let clinicians integrate, request, and transfer their patients’ data, independent of where it is stored or created.
FHIR is highly secure and HIPAA-compliant, as it defines who can access patient information,and only gives clinicians the patient information they want, AND are allowed to access, making it much more efficient and secure than legacy methods. When WeHandoff accesses your patients’ EHR records on your behalf, we use two-factor authentication at both the organization level and the user level via a very secure and web-standard method called Oauth2, to satisfy your EHRs security.
FHIR was developed to solve healthcare communication problems by making data more portable, accessible and interoperable. In the United States, most EHR vendors support FHIR in the latest versions of their platforms, to meet government-required interoperability standards.
FHIR integration with your EHR usually requires much less effort on the part of your IT department, and because of its efficiency, is less costly to integrate than traditional back-end methods.
We feel your pain! Bringing ingrained systems into the modern era can be difficult and daunting, when your primary goal is taking care of critically ill people. WeHandoff does support some legacy EHRs via back-end HL7 message transmissions. We can accept realtime patient data from your institution based on predetermined modules (e.g. ADT, Labs, Medications). Once imported, a patient record will be updated as new information is sent from the institution.
EHR integration happens securely because we set up a VPN (virtual private network) tunnel between our protected servers and your institution. This tunnel can only be accessed by the institution and WeHandoff. This method requires a close partnership with your IT department, and is more costly and complicated than FHIR integration.