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2. Affordable Interfacing

No EMR is an island, even an integrated EMR. As a center storage area for patient data, an EMR needs to be able to transfer information both in and out of it. EMRs should offer you the ability to interface with outside labs, radiology centers, and pharmacies for ePrescribing. Most interfaces are accomplished through the Health Level Seven (HL7) standard language.

Interfacing should have two-way data sharing, effectively swapping information back and forth, so when updates are done in one system—a patient address change for example—the change is also sent and recorded in the interfaced system. This joining of digital hands to accomplish workflow tasks like x-rays or lab work is essential to streamline an urgent care clinic’s abilities.

When evaluating EMR vendors, check to see if they have completed the types of interfaces your urgent care will require. The most common example of an interface is with a lab, such as Quest or LabCorp. If the EMR vendor has done interfaces like these before, they should affordably and quickly be able to create a similar interface for you, too.

Tip: Ask EMR vendors what their interface capabilities are—and if established third-party vendors are already in place.

Want to see all the features we recommend your next EMR has? Download our free eBook. Or be sure to check back and read number three in our checklist of EMR must haves, coming soon.

Looking for a better EMR for your urgent care? Take a look at DocuTAP’s cloud-based, tablet-run EMR with workflows and customizable templates designed specifically for urgent care clinics.

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