ZOLL Implements HL7 for Data Exchange Between Healthcare Providers
Chelmsford, MA— ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, today announced it has successfully implemented an exchange of clinical and administrative data between pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital electronic medical record systems using the Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International Standard.
ZOLL’s new HL7 for EMS solution operates as a component of RescueNet® ePCR. Poudre Valley Hospital EMS, Fort Collins, Colorado, became the first service to facilitate an automated data exchange when it transmitted patient health record data from Poudre Valley’s ZOLL ePCR to a University of Colorado Health’s electronic medical records system (EPIC).
“ZOLL’s HL7 for EMS solution has radically improved our process at Poudre Valley Hospital EMS. It saves us time and provides improved integration of data with the EMS and hospital reports,” said Wyandt Holmes, Paramedic, FP-C, Media Liaison of Poudre Valley Hospital EMS.
He further explained that prior to implementing ZOLL’s HL7 for EMS, Poudre Valley Hospital EMS printed and manually scanned every patient care report. Subsequently, each scanned report was uploaded to the hospital’s medical records system. It took approximately five minutes per report. Handling 20,000 reports per year created a substantial burden for the organization. With ZOLL’s HL7 for EMS system, they expect to save close to 2,000 labor hours, a full-time equivalent, every year.
“Effective healthcare systems require a tight integration between EMS and hospital care. The use of the standards-based HL7 CDA® for EMS lets ZOLL ePCR users easily exchange EMS patient records with hospitals and other health information systems. This timely flow of information is essential to assure each patient has the opportunity for the best possible outcome,” said Greg Mears, MD, Medical Director for ZOLL Data Management Products.
HL7 creates standards that allow healthcare information interoperability. HL7 provides a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
About Health Level Seven International (HL7)
Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a nonprofit ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7's 2,300+ members include approximately 500 corporate members who represent more than 90% of the information systems vendors serving healthcare.
About ZOLL Medical Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and acute critical care. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.
About Asahi Kasei
The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its health care operations include devices and systems for acute critical care, dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and nutritional products. With more than 29,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/.