HL7 Electronic Data Exchange Information for Providers
Click HERE if you are an Electronic Health Record Vendor.
What is HL7?
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).
What is Meaningful Use?
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)
Click HERE for more information on the CMS EHR Incentive Program.
How do I know if our EHR system qualifies for an HL7 interface with SAIRS?
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.
How would HL7 affect my practice?
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.
How long will this take?
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.
How do I get more information on setting up an interface between my EHR and SAIRS?
Please direct all HL7-related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 207-2089.
SAIRS Forms and Information for HL7 Providers