HL7 can mean two things:
- A stand alone ability, it is used bidirectionally to send and update demographical information.
- It is also a standard file format for laboratory results in unidirectional labs ability.”
The HL7 feature allows HL7 messaging between MacPractice and a third party HL7 messaging source. The third party source will specify whether the HL7 messages will be sent from a File/Folder drop or a TCP/IP import function. HL7 may be used for exchange of other clinical information in addition to Labs, such as Immunizations, Syndromic Surveillance, etc.
A File/Folder scheme uses a file transfer protocol (FTP or SFTP) system and two network shared folders (incoming and outgoing) to allow HL7 messaging, whereas a TCP/IP scheme uses a static real world IP address and a series of open ports on the router/firewall. A Certified Local Network Technician can assist with either of these designs.
Continue setting up General HL7 Messaging with one of the following guides: