Integration of information
Integrating information or improving the flow of information is one of the most important targets of development in health care. With increasing cooperation, patient information, treatment feedback and test results must be readily available even if the client changes their treatment location.
Referrals, test requests and results move from one health care provider to another and on to the patient without a hitch, as long as the information system integrations or connections are working effectively. With integration, independent information systems can be made to communicate with one another and the flow of information becomes automated.
Mylab has extensive experience of health care information systems and of integrating different systems. We know the field of Finnish health care information systems very thoroughly and can therefore easily produce solutions for all kinds of needs.
Mylab’s expertise is in the transmission of laboratory information and related patient information. We can ensure seamless and safe flow of information to clinicians, treatment units and other laboratories. Mylab has integrated a large proportion of Finland’s University Hospitals’ laboratories with the Finnish national health care information archive (Kanta).
Suitable solutions are also tailored to work for small sample collection units or health care providers for whom it is not cost-effective to obtain their own laboratory system.
We carry out various different integrations flexibly according to the needs of our clients, even if there are no solutions readily available. Our goal is always the flawless and error-free flow of information between systems.
Nationwide transfer of information
Finland’s national electronic patient information archive, Kanta, is a central channel for transferring patient information between patients and health care providers as well as between health care units. They need to transfer patient information to Kanta to be viewed by the citizens themselves and for the use of current and future treatment locations.
Nationwide transfer of information is needed when information is delivered to registers maintained by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) or when rare tests are ordered from specialist laboratories, for instance.
Transfer of information between organizations
Transfer of information between health care organisations
Laboratories collaborate in many ways and test requests and results must travel swiftly and safely to different health care units. Remote sample collection sites and even small units performing laboratory tests must be connected to the laboratory system. Working connections are also needed when acquiring special analytics from another laboratory.
My+® hub is a simple and cost-effective solution for transferring data between laboratories and other health care organisations. One data-communication link is enough to connect the information system to My+® hub, which has national coverage. A reliable, certified network connection is used for data transfer. Mylab makes sure that the data transfer into the receiving organisation’s information system functions correctly.
Once the firewall has been opened on one occasion, a data link to the new collaboration partner can be set up within a few days. Separate data links between every partner are not needed, since the laboratory requests and results and the related patient information travel through My+® hub between all parties linked to the system. All of Finland’s largest health care organisations are using the service.
We can also build a separate data link between two units. The solutions are always tailored to fit the client’s needs based on the message interchange system that they use, for instance. Possible solutions are desktop integration, HL7 integration or a combination of the two.
A lightweight solution suitable for small units is a data transfer system that utilises an ordinary, protected internet connection.
Data transfer within organisations
Information can only flow within health care organisations if the different information systems communicate with each other. The patient information system is a central health care tool, so it must be easy to transfer laboratory information to it in real time. Mylab has implemented hundreds of system integrations and has experience of most common patient information systems.
Laboratory information can be transferred to treatment units via text message, for instance, which makes the information quick to access in patient care settings.
Data transfer in service to patients
Electronic solutions can speed up the flow of information to the patient, make care more effective and preserve the care unit’s resources. Relaying laboratory results to special groups of patients is made possible with My+® care.
An automatically generated printed e-letter is a good way to inform someone of a negative (normal) pap test result, for instance. Another suitable use is to inform patients who have participated in foetal screening if the risk of Down’s syndrome is within normal limits.
To support the care of different patient groups, Mylab offers a service that automatically interprets laboratory results and relays them quickly to both patients and care units. The intelligent result communication service is already in use with prostate cancer patients whose PSA levels are being monitored.
The patient receives a text message to inform them whether their test results are normal or whether they should expect to be contacted by the care unit. Care units receive a list of alerts regarding abnormal test results and patients who have missed an appointment. Patients also receive a text message to remind them of any upcoming laboratory appointments.