Telehealth is fundamentally changing how healthcare leaders handle care delivery. In the ever-changing digital age, it’s important to stay current on telehealth as to not fall behind the competition and more importantly, to provide a higher level of care to patients and work toward improved interoperability within the healthcare system.
XIFIN is one of seven companies profiled in a special telehealth feature in the April print issue of Health Management Technology magazine.
With so many advances in telehealth technology, HMT asked a roundtable of relevant providers about their new technologies and costs as well as integration with EHRs and the billing process. Chrystal Adams, Associate Vice President, Xifin spoke about ProNet as a patient-centric technology to improve care:
XIFIN has developed an integrated platform called ProNet that expands the use of patient data in a telehealth environment to improve clinical decision making and support cost-effective, patient-centered care. ProNet allows hospitals and health systems to integrate and exchange diagnostic images from different modalities (e.g., X-rays, digital pathology slides) along with other clinical and patient encounter information into a live, shared clinical workflow. Clinicians use the telehealth capabilities to collaborate on complex cases, expedite treatment decisions, and increase efficiency in geographically disperse environments.
XIFIN ProNet also includes a universal image management system that can be fully integrated into a Laboratory Information System (LIS) workflow environment to provide telepathology and consultation capabilities locally and globally using digital pathology technology in a cloud-based platform. The integration goes beyond currently available interfaces to address use cases such as consultations, multidisciplinary team meetings, and integrated reporting seamlessly. The integrated LIS/universal image management system provides functionality for managing data, both DICOM and non-DICOM, across all case types complete with contextual information and a proprietary communications layer to enable clinical workflows.
Costs vary based on specific statements of work. Platform fees, specific module fees, and implementation fees may apply. There is no charge for integration within the product family.
Integration with EHRs and the billing process
XIFIN enables integration with EHRs via web services and HL7 interfaces. Where XIFIN is integrating with third-party systems, vendor cooperation is often required to ensure a bidirectional data exchange between HIT systems. In cross-vendor integrations, integration and implementation fees may apply for each vendor involved.
There is a monthly service fee for the integrated software platform that delivers universal image management integrated with the LIS for all data in the database, including upload, viewing, archival and retrieval, and security. Once a facility has the platform, they pay a monthly platform service fee and can add additional application modules as desired. In addition, one of XIFIN’s core competencies is lab billing and reimbursement. As such, the XIFIN platform can send telehealth billing codes along with quality measures to the EHR.
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