Somnoware Announces Enhanced Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Ordering Capability For Enterprise Healthcare Systems

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By further expanding its interoperability with electronic medical record (EMR) software using HL7 standards, Somnoware augments durable medical equipment (DME) ordering and tracking capability especially for large enterprise healthcare systems.

Somnoware HL7 Integration

Expanded interoperability with electronic medical record (EMR) software will enable customers to manage patients that have historically not been on the Somnoware platform.

Somnoware, a leading provider of digital health software, announces the launch of enhanced durable medical equipment (DME) ordering capability for enterprise healthcare systems. The company’s software is already the platform of choice for hospitals and healthcare systems looking to streamline their end-to-end patient care management for chronic diseases like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The expanded interoperability with electronic medical record (EMR) software will now enable customers to manage patients that have historically not been on the platform. This will allow enterprise healthcare systems to rapidly deploy Somnoware across all their facilities without changing their existing processes - resulting in improved care coordination and reduced costs.

The launch of this new capability is a recognition that enterprise-level healthcare systems often operate on a diverse set of processes. Hence, it is sometimes not possible to completely route all the patients through Somnoware. The interoperability has already been tested and deployed for most major EMR systems including Epic, Cerner, Allscripts, GE Centricity, Meditech, and eClinicalWorks. Other integrations are available on demand.

With the enhanced DME ordering capability, physicians and care providers can now place orders within their existing EMR system. The order is then transmitted automatically via Somnoware to the DME provider for fulfilment. During the transmission, Somnoware appends other relevant patient information to the electronic order - so the DME company receives rich and complete patient records. Furthermore, if the DME order was originally placed by a non-physician, Somnoware offers the opportunity for the physician to electronically sign the order and append notes before it is sent to the DME provider. This new feature centralizes the flow of all sleep orders through a single interface irrespective of where the order originates from.

A variety of DME orders including device orders, supplies orders, PAP device discontinuation, and pressure change placed in the EMR system flow into Somnoware via HL7. A detailed written order (DWO) that includes devices, supplies, patient’s insurance information, and patient contact details is generated. This report is then electronically signed by the physician. The whole order, along with supporting documents, is then transmitted to the DME company for fulfilment. The whole process is completely automated and takes just a few minutes. A cancellation workflow is also implemented, which allows order cancellations to also propagate from the EMR system to the DME company.

“For the past several years, Somnoware has been the preferred patient care management software for sleep centers and pulmonary test facilities,” says Subath Kamalasan, CEO of Somnoware. “We recognize the process complexities that exist at many enterprise healthcare systems. This new capability will enable larger healthcare systems to start benefiting from Somnoware more quickly.”

As the industry’s leading respiratory healthcare management platform, Somnoware is currently used by one in five pulmonologists in the United States. Physicians get instant access to diagnostic test data, e-signature capability, one-click DME ordering, CPAP compliance data, and the ability to conduct end-to-end patient care management. Diagnostic test centers can automate their complete workflow including scheduling at multiple centers, inventory management, automated reporting, therapy ordering, and accreditation.

To learn more about Somnoware, please contact Raj Misra at media(at)somnoware(dot)com.

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