Scalabull supports both ordering and results HL7 interfaces, connecting EHRs to medical service providers.
We require payment up front for all interfaces. We then commence the setup with the results interface, and once production results are flowing into the proper EHR installation(s), we add ordering to the interface. End-to-end setup times have varied from a single day to over 6 months, with an average time of around 2 weeks per direction (results, ordering). If you are involved in an interface project that you feel is moving too slowly, please let us know!
To start an interface installation, please use the checklist here.
We strongly prefer SFTP connections, and we prefer to host the SFTP server. We can also log into remote SFTP sites for result pick-up / orders drop-off.
We also support site-to-site VPN connections with both AES256 and 3DES encryption, and SHA1 authentication, although we find these more expensive and error prone.
We accept any HL7 results formats and our system will automatically parse results on-the-fly. For HL7 orders, our default specs can be found here. We can adapt this to match the receiving party's needs as necessary.
We are able to process test compendiums more quickly if you use this format. We prefer global compendiums that can be re-used across any practices that connect thru us to a particular entity, and we support Ask-on-order-entry questions (AOEs).
We can submit a request with partner EHRs for exports of insurance information in the relevant practice(s) EHR installations if these are needed by a laboratory or organization receiving HL7 orders from Scalabull. See our default format here.
We support several formats of unique order IDs. All order IDs are restricted to a maximum of 12 characters. Example formats include:
- XXX-12345678 , where XXX is a fixed code per client, and 12345678 is a random number
- 12 digit numerical
- 8 digit hexadecimal
- XXX1234567LF , where XXX is a fixed code per client, and LF are the first characters of the patient's last and first name
We have a custom e-requisition format which we can adapt as needed during interface testing. Our latest requisition includes a code 123 barcode (linear), automated physician e-signatures, and a variety of customizable fields.
We support specimen labels and can optionally include barcodes with code128 formatting. Due to limitations of the code128 barcode format, the barcode includes only the Requisition ID (sometimes referred to as the Control #, or Order ID).