Access to (and exchange of) health information in the IRM system occurs through three different mechanisms:
- Hospitals participating in the network are able to share information directly through the integrated information system. This assures that the medical records for any patient are always available, regardless of where in the system a patient is admitted.
- For clinics and hospitals outside the network, IRM uses standardized data exchange processes. The exchange of standard electronic HL-7 messages promotes interoperability of networks and systems, and allows seamless communication. Currently more than 20 clinics receive hospital, laboratory and imaging data via HL-7 messages which can be incorporated directly into their electronic medical record systems.
- For physicians that do not have an electronic medical record system, or who need to view a patient’s data from a remote location, IRM provides patient records via a secure virtual private network. More than 400 offices and clinics with over 1,000 users are able to view hospital, laboratory and imaging data through a user-friendly web-based interface. And there are over 1,000 physicians in area hospitals with wireless access to patient records via personal digital assistants.