How it works:
Flow of Data
The instrument interface serves as a means of communication between the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) and the instrumentation. The instrument interface translates RPMS data, such as tests and accession numbers, into a language which the instrument can understand. This is called downloading. When information such as test results are sent from the instrument to the instrument interface to be translated into a format which RPMS can understand (HL7, or Health Level Seven), this is called uploading. There are two types of interfaces: unidirectional (upload only) and bidirectional (both download and upload). The type of interface you use depends on your needs and workflow.
What you will need
There are two options for instrument interfacing: Large Scale Integrated (LSI) Device or Universal Interface (UI). The main operational difference between the two interfaces is that LSI requires a program routine to convert the RPMS data, whereas the UI uses downloadable drivers. At this time, the majority of IHS Interfaced Sites use the UI manufactured by Data Innovations , called the Instrument Manager (IM).
There are seven basic steps for installing the Instrument Manager (IM):
There are many resources available to guide you through the installation of an instrument interface. The IHS Lab Support Team is always available at the support number: (505) 248-4430. Or you may want to contact one of the IHS Interfaced Sites in your area; their experience is invaluable. Finally, Data Innovations is also available for questions, support, and installations.