Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hurricane Katrina and How HL7 Integration Helped..


On 28 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the US with devastating effect. More than 1,800 people lost their lives, and the total destruction of homes and property was estimated to top out at more than $81 billion.

Katrina
In the resulting cleanup operation, the Health Level 7 (HL7) capabilities of the Houston-Harris County Immunization Registry enabled a total of 38,360 vaccination records to be searched in rapid time. The net result was 13,377 matches that saved more than $1.5m in needless vaccinations..
The above excerpt is from David Akka's latest article in E-Health Europe and looks at how efficient HL7 integration is helping healthcare around the globe - here.
Further down the article he discusses one of the latest challenges for IT healthcare providers - how to efficiently and quickly manage the move from HL7 V2.x to V3 and he provides a range of useful integration tips for best achieving this.
For further reading on HL7 integration click through some of the links below:
iBOLT for HL7 (HL7 rapid integration tool)