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Kansas City Software Development Firm Experiences with HL7 & HIPAA

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Most people don’t think about their personal data and security when they visit the doctor. You walk in, fill out paperwork and insurance information, then sit down and wait for your name to be called.

What do they do with that information? Today, just about every doctor’s office enters it into an Electronic Medical Record (EMR).  This information can stay separate from other healthcare institutions that use different software to store and manage their own EMR data.  Twentyseven Global has experience building custom integrations between healthcare applications to ensure that your data is updated, current, and protected across different departments and locations.

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In a typical hospital room, you will find a whiteboard and television.  The whiteboard can only stay updated as quickly as the staff can make rounds to all the patient rooms, often times after printing out a report from their workstations.  This causes a delay between the most current diagnosis, treatment, and medication schedules and what a patient sees on their whiteboard.  Twentyseven Global has built inbound and outbound HL7 and flat-file integrations from EMR systems to electronic whiteboards that process record updates in real-time, eliminating the delay and chance for mistakes.  The patient and the staff can be consistently updated with the same information in every place, connecting data silos and sharing specific information securely.

Parts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is intended to make it easier for patients to keep health insurance while protecting the confidentiality and security of healthcare information. [1]  HIPAA compliance is important for doctors and hospitals that collect, store, and share Protected Health Information (PHI).  HIPAA requires software developers to securely restrict access to PHI via unique user authentication, encrypt stored PHI, and provide regular backups and maintenance updates. [2] Twentyseven Global has extensive experience in not only integrating healthcare applications, but also in maintaining, securing and storing data in accordance with HIPAA regulations. Matt Henley of Twentyseven Global adds, “Twentyseven Global is excited to be a part of the rapidly growing digital healthcare industry by providing HL7- and HIPAA-certified custom software solutions. From employee scheduling software to record management systems, we have the expertise to meet the unique needs of the healthcare field.”

[1] http://www.tn.gov/healthhipaa/

[2] https://github.com/truevault/hipaa-compliance-developers-guide