First, VWC created an athenaOne interface to exchange patient demographic data and scheduling information contained in ADT/SIU HL7 messages with one of the practice’s software products.
“This interface was initially developed to pass ADT and SIU information to an internal server running PenRad mammography reporting software,” says Marc Conklin, VWC’s Director of Information Technology. “Using Qvera, we then modified that interface to also communicate with other applications.”
“There is a cost for every specific athenaOne interface,” explains Mike Williams, Vice President of Sales at Qvera. “By leveraging QIE, Virginia Women’s Center can pay for one, then use that interface for multiple other systems.”
So, in addition to sending data to PenRad,
athenaOne now interfaces with the center’s mammography PACS (Sectra), medical billing software (RCxRules) and billing service (Change Healthcare) — all through QIE.
“The interface engine forwards messages over VPN without requiring additional athenaOne interfaces and associated costs,” Conklin says. “These items represent $15,000 in one-time savings for us.”
VWC has also used QIE to modify its outgoing ORU interface, which sends observation results such as patient encounters, labs and imaging data to supporting applications. For example, QIE converts ORU messages to financial transaction data compatible with VWC’s billing applications.
“Again, we used Qvera to avoid building out separate interfaces and incurring those associated costs,” Conklin says.