Portable Radiology Practice Management Services Pro Sorts Out the Confusion Over Health Level 7 (HL7) Technology

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New questions arise over the use of Health Level 7 technology. Ken Kern of MediMatrix, a leading Minneapolis, MN portable radiology practice management services company, provides insight.

Rather than getting too technical, we simply ask our clients what types of problems they’re trying to solve - Ken Kern, MediMatrix

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In a world where everyone seems to be looking for “the next big thing” in portable radiology practice management services, they often have questions about what it does and how to use it, even after it’s been around for awhile. That’s the case with “Health Level 7”, or “HL7”.

So many medical-related companies are advertising “HL7 this” and “HL7 that”, and while they’re intentions may be good, they’re overwhelming the people who need to use it. This is particularly true for the portable X-ray industry. That’s why the experts at MediMatrix have adopted a way to help customers sort out some of the confusion. “Rather than getting too technical, we simply ask our clients what types of problems they’re trying to solve,” said Ken Kern, co-founder of MediMatrix, a leading Minneapolis, Minnesota portable radiology practice management services company. Knowing that mobile medical radiologists need communication between their health information system and a nursing home’s electronic medical record system (EMR), Kern and his team of specialists have outlined three primary uses for HL7:
1.    Receive patient demographics with insurance information
2.    Receive radiology orders and cancellations messages
3.    Send signed radiology reports back to EMR

Simply put, HL7 allows MediMatrix and its clients to build messages, basically files of health-related information that can be sent between the two systems. Kern believes HL7 can help solve the needs of the mobile medical industry, but it does require some customization. One vendor might want an EMR that sends cancellation messages or insurance information, while another might not. “Basically,” said Kern, “once we determine the client’s needs, it still boils down to two techies sitting in a room to flush out the details.”

HL7 along with HTML5, web services, zero-footprint viewers, web security, encrypted databases and DICOM are among the many technologies MediMatrix uses to create solutions for its customers.

About MediMatrix:
MediMatrix is a division of WebInterstate, Inc. MediMatrix develops software solutions that simplify mobile radiology business operations and easily integrate with your clients' radiology systems. Our flagship product, MediMatrix, is a practice management service designed for the mobile medical industry.

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