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HL7 Demographics Interface

The term HL7 Demographics Interface refers to a one-way or two-way exchange of basic patient demographics information between two healthcare computing systems using the HL7 message format developed by the Health Level Seven International organization.

Common Demographics Fields

  • Patient Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address & Telephone
  • Referring Physician
  • Next of Kin

Common HL7 Engines

  • Centricity MIK and LinkLogic
  • iNexx (Novo Grid from Medicity)
  • Iguana InterfaceWare
  • ConnectR
  • Cloverleaf Interface Engine

One common misconception is that demographics includes appointments, insurance coverage details, or clinical history of the patient. While some products may have some of this information available, typically the exchange of such information would require additional software interfaces to be built or may not even be supported by some vendors.

Examples of Non-Demographic Information

  • Insurance Coverage & Eligibility
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Review of Systems & Clinical Data
  • Medical Charges
  • Medical Orders and Prescriptions

Additional Information

Medical Incentive Technologies LLC understands HL7 interfaces very well and our consultants have played a leading role in many successful implementations of both standard and custom interfaces.