OpenVista Interface Suite
Medsphere's OpenVista® electronic health record solution incorporates a comprehensive suite of interfaces* that leverages other software applications and databases behind the scenes to put real-time patient information at the clinician's fingertips.
Based on industry HL7 and ANSI standards, the OpenVista Interface Suite includes functions related to admission, discharge and transfer (ADT), as well as orders, results, procedures, charges, images and text; most are included in the overall pricing for OpenVista services.
Medsphere's team of seasoned interface experts work in tandem with your in-house technical team to deliver, test, deploy and support these EHR interfaces. Additional custom interfaces are available as needed—we can implement for you, or you can retain consultants or implement yourself. With an open-source EHR solution like OpenVista, there are no barriers to getting your physicians, nurses and other team members the information they need where and when they need it.
Interface Suite components
The OpenVista Interface Suite includes the following interfaces:
- ADT/Inbound Interface
- Orders/Inbound Interface
- Orders/Outbound Interface
- Radiology Image View/Link
- Transcribed Results Inbound
- Patient Charges/Outbound
- Document Image/Inbound
- GE MUSE Interface
- Allergy Interface
- ADM Interface
- LEDI III Reference Lab Interface
- Data Innovations Lab Instruments Interface
- Auto-faxing Interface
The ADT Inbound Interface enables OpenVista to receive ADT information from external sources such as third-party patient information management systems.
The Orders/Inbound Interface receives patient procedure orders from peripheral applications and stores in the OpenVista EHR.
The Orders/Outbound Interface enables clinicians to use OpenVista to enter and send orders to third-party applications.
Radiology Image (PACS) View/Link Interface
The PACS Interface allows OpenVista users to access non-DICOM images from an external picture archiving and communications system via a simple hyperlink. These PACS images can then be stored in OpenVista's Clinical Documentation Module.
The DICOM conversion allows for images to be changed into a DICOM-compatible format, which then enables them to be transmitted to clinical workstations, archived on digital storage media, and even printed.
Transcribed Results Inbound Interface
The Transcribed Results Inbound Interface enables external medical transcription software applications to transmit data to OpenVista's Clinical Documentation Module.
Patient Charges/Outbound Interface
The Patient Charges Interface provides a mechanism for adding the cost of laboratory tests, pharmaceuticals, radiology exams and supply items used for a procedure to the patient’s bill. A charge message can be generated for any item that can be ordered, accessioned or dispensed within OpenVista for the care of the patient. Each system can generate a charge that looks up the charge code of the item and creates a separate charge record for each item. The charge trigger event is user-defined so you can charge on order, accession or result on laboratory orders or other trigger events.
Document Image/Inbound Interface
The Document Image Inbound Interface connects external scanning applications and equipment with OpenVista's Clinical Documentation Module. It enables OpenVista to capture and store a variety of electronic documents and images—including TIF, PNG, JPG, BMP, and PDF files—in the patient’s electronic record.
GE MUSE® Interface
The bi-directional GE MUSE Interface facilitates fast and easy use of GE Healthcare's MUSE cardiology information system, which gives clinicians instant access to critical cardiac data. MUSE captures electrocardiogram (ECG) data, then distributes these findings using HL7 messaging. OpenVista users can view a (MUSE) computer-interpreted, 12-lead ECG on-line in a custom ECG viewer or an Internet Explorer window.
The interface also enables cardiologists to securely access the patient’s electronic record.
The Allergy Interface enables OpenVista to incorporate patient allergy information from outside sources into the electronic health record utilizing an HL7 message format. It creates a standard inbound and outbound process to receive additional patient allergy information.
The ADM Interface supports the use of automated dispensing machines or medication "carousels." ADMs are widely used in patient-care settings, and OpenVista supports all types including popular brands such as the Talyst/AutoCarousel, Omnicell Pharmacy Central and McKesson MedCarousel.
Medication orders can be sent to the ADM via the ADM Interface; the ADM then returns the appropriate patient charge message. If OpenVista's Pharmacy Pricing Engine is in use, the price is automatically calculated and transmitted to the facility's billing system.
LEDI III Reference Lab Interface
The Laboratory Electronic Data Interchange (LEDI) III Reference Lab Interface provides a means of consolidating electronic lab test ordering and lab test results reporting throughout healthcare facilities without diminishing the quality of care.
This bidirectional interface electronically communicates with the hospital's reference laboratories—ARUP Laboratories, for instance—and automatically transmits laboratory test orders and results so all pertinent caregivers are apprised of the results.
Use LEDI III to:
- Send and receive electronic messages
- Order electronic lab tests
- Report electronic lab test results
- Accession bar-code specimens
- Generate shipping manifests
Data Innovations/Lab Instrument Interface
The OpenVista Interface Suite also offers a clinical laboratory middleware solution that interfaces to such medical instruments as laboratory analyzers, automation equipment and point-of-care devices. The Data Innovations lab interface can be utilized in many ways:
- As a consolidating front-end to a larger information system, separating the host from real-time demand and standardizing protocols
- As a value enhancer between instrumentation and an information system, filling those important gaps in functionality between the two
- As a stand-alone, small information system
OpenVista can automatically fax a summary of laboratory findings and radiology transcribed results to an ordering physician when a result has been verified. Auto faxing does not require any additional steps by the laboratory or radiology technician. When a transcribed result is signed (approved by a physician) and the
status is changed to ‘complete,’ a fax is automatically transmitted to
all care providers who are part of the patient record. The physician is responsible for maintaining the fax machine in a HIPAA-complaint fashion.
*Many of the interfaces in the OpenVista Interface Suite are open-source and included in the overall OpenVista subscription fee. Please contact
Medsphere for our interfacing policy and fees,