Fusion Newsletter Article: HL7 Interface and Why It’s Critical for Healthcare Foodservice Automation

HL7 Interface and Why It’s Critical for Healthcare Foodservice Automation

You’ve heard the term HL7 thrown around here and there. If you already know what that entails and the interfaces that work with it, then you’ve got some powerful knowledge of how systems – especially disparate systems – can communicate information amongst each other. If you know just a little about it or if you have never heard of it before, let us give you a surface-level overview and why it’s vital for use with healthcare foodservice automation systems.

What is HL7?

HL7 stands for Health Level-7 and it is composed of standards for the movement of data between software applications used in healthcare. The laser-focus of the standards are on the application layer, which is based on the 7th level of the OSI model (Open Systems Interconnection). Hospitals have many systems that need to be able to communicate with each other and these data standards help facilitate the means to share clinical information.

HL7 Interface and Why It's Critical for Healthcare Foodservice Automation

The HL7 Interface Helps Allow the Transfer of Vital Information to Healthcare Foodservice Systems

Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) contain the various information of patients…from their admission date to their medication and to their treatment. But EHRs also contain information that could be leveraged by healthcare foodservice systems, such as allergies. This data can be passed through an interface, like an HL7 interface, and transferred to the healthcare foodservice automation system.

Once this information is in the other system, operators can make adjustments so that patients receive meals that will not produce reactions or hurt them. These platforms can also receive data related to diet orders, nourishments, supplements, preferences, food likes, food dislikes, special services, and more. Imagine the power of a system that foodservice staff can leverage to ensure that the patients’ diet requirements are met, which could affect their satisfaction. And when patient satisfaction goes up, scores go up, and reimbursements go up.

Questions About HL7?

Learn more about HL7 by going to http://www.hl7.org/. Also, watch out for an educational webinar coming soon from Computrition about HL7 that we’re sure you will enjoy!

 

A.B. PendonArticle by: A. B. Pendon - Director of Marketing, Computrition; Fusion, 1st Quarter, 2018