Introduction to HL7 Labs
HL7 Labs are lab reports received electronically from outside lab facilities. To receive lab results electronically, a "SOAPwareXchangeHL7" Lab Interface license must be purchased.
What is HL7?
The HL7 Lab Interface allows the clinic to establish a direct interface to automatically receive lab, pathology, radiology, even transcription reports and have them automatically filed into the patient’s chart in SOAPware with the powerful SOAPwareXchangeHL7 Interface Module. The module reads the demographic information in the report, finds the matching chart in SOAPware, transfers the report and notifies the provider all automatically. HL7 labs are considered structured labs and will count towards the structured lab requirements for Meaningful Use.
Click Here for a list of Lab Systems that are compatible with SOAPwareXchangeHL7.
HL7 Labs in Patient Charts
Labs sent from outside facilities to SOAPware will display in a patient's Chart.
In addition to the lab values and reference ranges, HL7 labs will contain other information within the report:
- Patient demographics
- Collection Date
- Specimen Source
- Report Generated Date
- Performing Facility Information
Information contained within this report cannot be edited or deleted.
HL7 Lab Tasks
HL7 lab reports placed in the patient chart will automatically create a task and place item on the ordering provider's task list. This can be signed off or reassigned just as any other task . Note attached to task will say "HL7-facility name".