Integration of EFM with EHR
When asked about their greatest challenges with existing EFM systems, labor & delivery clinicians consistently cite integration with their EHR. In keeping with Stephen Covey’s (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) rule of “seek first to understand,” following are resources for understanding the mechanics and practices for integrating electronic fetal monitoring systems with major EHRs.
- HL7 — or Healthcare Language 7 — is a standard method of allowing systems to “talk” to each other. Here’s a HL7 101 primer that explains how.
- Biomedical Device Interfacing to Clinical Information Systems: A Primer, a fairly readable article by Bridget Moorman published in IT World in 2008.
- The National Learning Consortium’s Change Management in EHR Implementation provides a roadmap to continuously refining utilization of heatlhcare technology
- Dealing specifically with integrating EFM with major EHRs, PeriGen’s SVP of Product Management Bruno Bendavid outlines the challenges and potential solutions in his integration white paper and offers 10 tips for successful integration