Even after time and money are invested in an HL7 set-up, not all clinical documents can be transmitted. Back to the fax machine for those. Real interoperability has to be simpler, faster, and consistent.
After too many experiences seeing stranded data block referrals, Chris Craft, a former CIO of a large imaging practice in New England, created a new method of integrating with referrers—one that was so easy that it could be done in a single click.
Craft is now the founder and CEO of ScriptSender, which enables referrers to transmit any document, from any system, directly to an imaging center in seconds—without any special interface. Referrers activate ScriptSender with a simple point-and-click in a web browser—and then can use the print command from any application to send any document from that point forward. That includes notes, lab reports, a whole patient folder, anything.
Best of all, the information is transmitted as live data, not a .pdf or image file, directly into the imaging center’s RIS or EHR.
“When we talk to attendees at RSNA, or any other trade show, there is always this aha moment when they realize we aren’t just a pdf printer that allows a referring physician to print a referral to them,” said Craft. “We actually capture the real postscript data from that print and insert the data directly into their RIS. It is far more than fax replacement. That is the very smallest part of what we do. It is information sharing, interoperability, integration in seconds—with any EMR, RIS, or PACS.”
Consider this: CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced initiatives to make every clinical setting a “Fax-Free Zone.” ScriptSender does more than replace fax. It takes imaging into true interoperability.