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Docs4Docs—Links to clinical providers
- Results delivery service
- All hospitals send reports through same mechanism (HL7)
- HL7 results messages flow through INPC and are routed to MD in-boxes or faxes
- Eliminates mail costs
Because patient data is routinely distributed across separate databases and systems, both within and among organizations as separate islands, health care providers are often encumbered by the increased record keeping burden this reality brings (24). Receiving clinical data and test results in many different formats from multiple information sources brings logistical headaches and occupies time intended for direct patient interaction. In 2002 DOCS4DOCS® was built to address this problem by efficiently delivering aggregated clinical results to physicians regardless of where they practice throughout the INPC. This innovative system facilitates standardized automated results delivery by formatting, aggregating and conveying information in a consistent fashion. It dynamically generates customized reports that a practitioner can quickly review and act upon. Reports can be delivered through multiple mediums, including network printer, web browser, email, or fax. The system is also capable of serving as a "virtual filing cabinet", giving practices and practitioners a pre-organized short-term results storage system. In addition, the system contains auditing functions which allow results that have been reviewed to be fully annotated.
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