Interface Engine - "A software program to facilitate data transfer between multiple systems using various message protocols" (https://healthcareitskills.com/hl7-interfaces-healthcare-interface-engines/). "The interface serves as a gateway that may be used to transform, route, clone, and translate messages" (https://wiki.hl7.org/Interface_Engine).
Since hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and healthcare providers may all have different systems using different computer languages, there must be a standard messaging system through which the different systems can interact. Just like someone speaking Swahili may need a translator to speak with someone speaking Japanese, these institutions need a program through which messages can be standardized and shared.
But we can't play a bad version of the telephone game here. Even more so with the healthcare industry than with other industries, it is extremely important that as information is shared, it is done so while retaining patient privacy in accordance with HIPAA laws. The translator, in this case, is the interface engine also called an integration engine.
The interface engine will accept a message from one system, translate it, and then deliver it to the right place in another system. It may also filter out information that isn't relevant to the receiving institution. That's where we come in. Languages change, and new words are introduced making updates to dictionaries and even grammar necessary. In the same way, changes in information and technology necessitate maintenance to ensure that all systems are still on speaking terms. At Healthcare Integrations, we can build a brand-new interface, or we can maintenance or update your existing system.