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eMAR Integration (Are the pharmacy orders confusing?)

We use our 'business rules' and proprietary configuration to show users the correct medications, manage changes, and minimize errors. We determine which messages to show and which to hide based on these rules. (You would be surprised at the volume of messages!)

 

Pharmacy interfaced to an eMAR utilize HL7 standard messages. HL7 (Health Level 7) is a set of international standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information. HL7 messages are commonly used in the healthcare industry for communication between different healthcare systems and applications. At seniorinsight.com we have an industry leading eMAR based on years of expertise. This enables us to accurately display active medications and pick up changes instantly.


The HL7 standard defines various message types, and the choice of which message type to use depends on the specific use case and the information that needs to be conveyed. In our case, we receive messages related to pharmacy activities. The two message types used are RDS (Pharmacy/treatment Dispense) and RDE (Pharmacy/treatment Encoded Order). We use our 'business rules' and proprietary configuration to show users the correct medications, manage changes, and minimize errors. We determine which messages to show and which to hide based on these rules. (You would be surprised at the volume of messages!)


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Here's a brief overview of these message types required for eMAR integration:


1. RDS (Pharmacy/treatment Dispense) Message:

The RDS message type is used to communicate information about a medication or treatment that has been dispensed to a patient. It includes details about the medication, dosage, timing, and other relevant information related to the dispensing event.


2. RDE (Pharmacy/treatment Encoded Order) Message:

The RDE message type is used to transmit an encoded medication or treatment order from one system to another. It contains information about the ordered medication, dosage, instructions, and other relevant details.


When dealing with pharmacy vendors and their software, different vendors might use HL7 messages in slightly different ways or customize them based on their implementation.


Keep in mind that HL7 can be quite complex, and it's essential to have a good understanding of the specific message types and their segments (fields) to effectively process the incoming messages. We are experts in HL7 development and our team is valuable with with healthcare integration.

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