HL7 file import, RemoteApp capability for eClaims

Advanced Computer Software Supplies (ACSS) has released a major update for its eClaims practice management software, which now allows users to import patient demographic information in HL7 format directly from third-party clinical information systems.

ACSS is also shortly to deploy Microsoft's RemoteApp functionality for clients using eClaims in the cloud, and will then begin work on interfacing with the Healthcare Identifiers Service and the PCEHR, along with secure messaging capability.

The company has also released a major update of its SimDay patient administration system for day hospitals, which includes a new GST report to display invoices, deposits and journals that include GST, and both eClaims and SimDay have a direct portal to Medicare Online.

ACSS's application and web systems developer Hugo de Castro said eClaims is now capable of importing patient demographics in HL7 file format from external third party applications like Best Practice.

“The HL7 stuff is pretty simple, so any particular HL7 format that conforms to the standard within Australia can now be transferred across to eClaims,” Mr de Castro said. “Irrespective of what system, provided it follows that standard we can import it.”

Mr de Castro said the company's pathology clients had requested the functionality in particular, mainly so they don't have to enter data manually.

eClaims is used by many allied health practitioners but also by general practitioners and specialists for transaction-based services. It has been available hosted in the cloud for some time, with ACSS deploying it on virtual private networks accessed through remote desktop protocols.

“That's somewhat antiquated, so we have just finished integrating a RemoteApp server,” Mr de Castro said. “That's a seamless application – it looks like you have the app installed but you don't. It will give users ease of access in the long run without having to use a VPN or a Terminal Server session.”

Mr de Castro said the next work in the pipeline for both eClaims and SimDay is integrating the new eHealth functionality.

“We are going to do some integration with the Healthcare Identifiers system and we also need to do the PCEHR and secure messaging as well. That will be available in both applications.”

The integration of the HI Service and PCEHR in eClaims will be used to help ensure the correctness of patient identification along with the existing online patient verification (OPV) functionality of Medicare Online while updating patient records with received information from Medicare, he said.

“This would benefit all practitioners, including allied health providers, minimising claims rejections due to unidentified patients,” he said.

“Secure messaging is mainly focused for our eClaims Specialist, Radiology and Pathology practices that transfer patient reports between themselves and referring providers, ensuring that sensitive patient data is kept private during the exchange of data.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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