A group of Ontario hospitals is preparing to turn on a transaction-processing tool that will automatically route patient data to approximately 200 physicians after they’ve been discharged.
Grey Bruce Health Services, which
includes 11 hospitals in Owen Sound and the surrounding area, is expecting to begin offering the ability to transmit HL7 radiology and other reports as early as next week through a partnership with Toronto-based Xenos Corp. The company will be integrating its GoXML which collects structured data in a variety of industry standards, with its five-year-old Cerner Patient Care System, which manages documents within the hospital group.
Rob Croft, Grey Bruce’s corporate director of systems integration, said the idea is to replace the slow delivery of paper-based reports to physicians, who often don’t get information as quickly as they need it from the hospitals. Besides the radiology reports, the system will deliver electronically clinic notes, lab test results and even notes taken though dictation, he said.
It was important Grey Bruce have something with enough flexibility that employees could make changes as physicians come and go, Croft said.
“”We didn’t want a back-end programmer to spend all his time re-programming this,”” he said. “”We wanted to have a front end that we could manipulate this stuff and send it different ways.””
The organization would like to start moving away from paper-based reports, but some physicians are still holding out, Croft said. Stuart Butts, Xenos’s CEO, said they could have it both ways.
“”It’s very easy for physicians who want it paper-based — they just have to hit print,”” he said.
Xenos’s GoXML Integration Solution, which includes GoXML Communication Server, Messaging and Registry, was designed to allow the secure exchange of information over the Internet and streamlining business processes across multiple organizations, Butts said. Getting Grey Bruce up and running will be basically flipping a switch.
“”They’re making the information available where it’s wanted as it’s available,”” he said. “”Any practitioner who does that is going to be able to offer better patient care.””
Once GoXML is integrated with the Cerner system, Croft said physicians may need to figure out how they’ll be sorting the range of electronic documents coming their way.
“”They’re going to have a little bit of work to do,”” he said. “”In the last six months they have been the major pushers on this . . . that’s primarily why we see a need to move.””
Xenos formed a division specifically focused on the health-care sector earlier this year.
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