Significantly streamlining radiology workflow and improving communications, MphRx debuts at RSNA 2015 an innovative new platform enabling transmission of detailed patient forms, medical images and records from any computer for review by providers and automated ingestion into an EMR, PACS or RIS. Designed to support a full range of use cases, new MphRx Forward generates a library of customized patient forms for completion online and enables upload of DICOM files, documents in a full range of formats, CCD data and more. Along with radiologists, the new platform supports workflow for and delivers benefits to a full range of physicians. Forward captures this patient information as FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), making it one of the first production implementations of this important new standard.
New Forward enhances continuity of care by streamlining the process of information sharing, while offering time-saving efficiencies for both patients and providers. Designed for ease of use, it supports patient and referring physician access through a provider website, patient portal or patient email link and allows onsite review of all information before transmission to the endpoint system. All data communication is HIPAA-compliant with two-factor authentication. The information collected through the product is stored in the FHIR standard.
"Today, patients often must carry medical records from multiple providers to a hospital or physician's office," says Varun Anand, co-founder of MphRx. "If they neglect to bring this information, imaging exams may have to be redone at significant added cost to the healthcare system. Records may be incomplete, potentially compromising quality of care. Forward is designed to make healthcare information sharing simple and convenient for both patients and referring physicians, while streamlining workflow for the receiving facility. All that is required to send information is a computer and a standard Internet connection."
Anand points out that Forward provides a wide variety of customizable forms that patients can access and complete conveniently at home, paring down waiting room time. These forms can be designed to capture information about a current condition and medical histories as well as demographic and insurance information. The system enables patient information update without the inconvenience of completing an entire new hardcopy form.
"The efficient Forward system enhances patient satisfaction by eliminating time-consuming and often redundant waiting room procedures, while building in multiple efficiencies for hospitals and medical practices," says Anand. "Particularly important is the elimination of keying information from forms into an EMR or PACS, with the accompanying risk of data inaccuracies and omissions due to human error."
All forms can be stored in a PACS, RIS or EMR as structured reports (SR), DICOM embedded PDFs or form response structured data, similar to EMR flow sheets.
Anand adds that preliminary feedback shows that referrers favor hospitals and practices offering electronic patient intake procedures and information sharing because of the convenience and the potential of enhanced quality of care.
Forward can be programmed to automatically email a secure link to an intake form to a patient scheduling a radiology exam. Forms can be customized to collect data specific to the exam type and can be pre-populated with patient demographics for existing patients.
An appointment scheduled by an existing patient can be programmed to automatically trigger emailing of a similar questionnaire. Forward also can be embedded into a hospital or practice website so that new patients are presented with appropriate forms after they have registered with a physician.
MphRx Forward may be implemented onsite or using the company's secure cloud. All forms are fully customizable based on templates for specific medical specialties and event types, such as new patient registration and MRI scheduling. They support personalization with a medical site's logo.
Fully automated for efficiency and convenience, forms can be triggered by specific patient encounters and physician workflow. Images are sent to a PACS as a DICOM SR object of DICOM image snapshot, while information is transmitted into the EMR through HL7 or API.