Health IT: The most important questions for EMR projects Print

The ifa group of companies is the specialist for health IT in ophthalmology. More than 12,000 users experience the benefits of Electronic Medical Records and other related software applications.


The two most important questions put to the ifa EMR consultants are:

  • Can data from the hospital information system (HIS) be exchanged with the EMR system?
  • Can all instruments and diagnostic equipment be connected with the computer network?

The answer to both of the questions is of course: YES!

Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) can be connected based on international technology standards.
The most important standards are HL7 (Health Level 7) and DICOM (Digital imaging and communication in medicine).

HL7 is mostly used for administration and organizational data exchange (patient demographics, billings codes, schedule management etc.).
On the other hand is the use of DICOM focusing on images and other BLOBS (Binary large objects) like laser output or graphical charts. In the world of traditional instrument interfaces these standards do not exist. Most of the connectivity applications are customized interfaces. The ifa group of companies offers connectivity to more than 450 different systems which are used worldwide.