Bridge Patient Engagement Platform Interfaces Seamlessly with EHR and RCM Software Systems
Since the Institute of Medicine published its report “crossing the quality chasm report” in 2001, the term “patient-centered” care has been integrated in the lexicon of healthcare. Despite this fact, healthcare institutions are still struggling to put the patient at the center of healthcare. Bridge’s agnostic patient portal and expertise in interface development enables you to optimize patient-centered care by facilitating communication between patients and providers and integrating a patient’s healthcare data, regardless of the source EHR.
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Bridge has built integrations with many of the most recognized products in healthcare, and our portfolio is growing.
Multiple Interface Types That Maximize Interoperability
As the healthcare industry grows in complexity, it’s important to have a partner to optimize communication and interoperability between systems. Bridge has extensive experience in interface development to transmit information using a HL7 standards, a robust API, and a partnership with Mirth Connect. This ensures secure, bidirectional data exchange between the patient portal and third-party software systems.
Health Level Seven (HL7)
HL7, which is the most commonly used standards organization in the US healthcare industry, provides a comprehensive framework through which to exchange healthcare data. HL7 standards are divided into 2 main categories: messages, and consolidated clinical document architecture (C-CDA) files.
Bridge can interface with multiple EHRs to transmit the most common HL7 messages:
- SIU (Scheduling Information Unsolicited)
- ADT (Admission, Discharge, Transfer)
- ORU (Observation Result)
The Bridge product allows for a complete, bidirectional integration of these messages with an EHR system, which allows the portal to display real time appointment data, laboratory values, and patient demographic information directly from your EHR.
C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture)
Bridge offers a proprietary C-CDA parser to distribute patient data from C-CDAs to the patient portal, regardless of the source EHR. C-CDAs are standardized templates for electronic data exchange that include the patient’s medical conditions, medications, allergies, and vital signs. Healthcare providers can transmit a C-CDA with each patient visit to Bridge. This data is then aggregated and parsed into the portal to make it available to the patient in an easy-to-read format.
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Application Program Interface (API)
Bridge has a robust API that allows for the direct exchange of patient data between the patient portal, EHR software, billing software, mobile applications, and more. Using our API saves our clients time and money by circumventing the interface development needed to integrate data from specific file types. Learn more about our API.
Bridge has a well-established relationship with Mirth®, the healthcare industry leader in health system interconnectivity. Mirth® is a middle engine that specializes in converting electronic data into standardized templates. Mirth®’s data conversion technology and Bridge expertise in interface development make clients able to integrate data bidirectionally from all file types.
Is Bridge a 2015 ONC certified patient portal?
Yes. Bridge is a 2015 certified patient portal. Bridge was certified by SLI Compliance for 2015 Edition Module EHR / Ambulatory * ONC Health IT Certification. This designates that healthcare providers/organizations can use the patient portal for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) pathway of the MACRA Quality Payment Program.
Bridge certified on the highest number of criteria (16 modular EHR criteria) of any EHR-independent 3rd party patient portal solution.
Bridge Patient Portal v2.0, certification date: Jul 3, 2018, certification ID number: 15.05.05.1947.BRID.01.00.0.180703
Can I use the patient portal for MACRA attestation?
Yes. Especially with regards to the Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information) performance category in MIPS. The Promoting Interoperability category is worth 25% of a clinician’s MIPS Final Score. The score is derived on the satisfaction of base score, performance score and bonus score requirements, all of which are weighted differently in terms of their contribution to the Promoting Interoperability performance category final score. “Patient Electronic Access” is a MIPS measure that is a required for the base score and can be achieved through the use of a healthcare patient portal such as Bridge. There is also the View, Download and Transmit (VDT) measure that most will recognize as a key factor in having a patient portal for MU.