HL7 Integration and Reducing Billing Efforts by Healthcare Facilities
When a healthcare provider administers a COVID-19 test, the sample is sent off to the laboratory. This information will be in the lab’s information system. In our case, it is a different software than Americare Network’s system. Before, the individual healthcare providers using the lab will need to send the information in a format that our system can interpret and use. Now, when the lab integrates with HL7, it allows our HL7-integrated software to exchange information easily and directly with the lab.
This means our team can bill claims for the COVID-19 tests without the individual healthcare providers having to send us the information manually. Our system can communicate with the lab’s system directly, get information on which claims need to be submitted, and then submit claims accordingly.
This can be done because the lab has the information from healthcare providers. Moreover, the lab and Americare Network, having integrated with HL7, can communicate in a standardized format with each other, even though our systems are different. Since the lab works with different healthcare providers who administer COVID-19 tests, we can now help those providers with their medical billing, through the lab.