If DM was literally just transferring an image file (like a fax) then yeah.. there would be no issue, the receiver would just be on the hook for attaching the image to the correct patient, assuming OCR couldn't figure it out.
It's the XML that is easiest.
Well, the only thing I can figure is that there is no agreement currently in place for the name of fields or some other some stupid thing.
THat's a different issue, and one that affects fax, too.
Eh? Isn't a fax, a fax, a fax?
No, otherwise an XML is an XML is an XML.
The difference is, XML can have standards. Fax cannot. Fax is the opposite of this, every fax is unique regardless of formatting.
Well I'm back to not knowing what you're talking about? a fax is simply an image of the file/piece of paper in question. So where are you expecting there to be a standard?
There CAN'T be a standard, because it is just a picture. That's why EVERY fax is unique. You have 20,000 faxes a month, you have 20,000 different communications types.
You have 100 fields from 500 unique EMRs, you have 50,000 max combinations. It's high, but it's not 20,000 every single month. That's 240,000 a year, every year.
I'm no sure what you point is? I'm not using tech to read my faxes, I'm using a human.
That IS my point.
oh, well, sadly, we still have to confirm everything in the current DM setup by a human as well.
What causes that problem?
The lack of standards. And I guess our lack of paying the EHR $1000's for every EHR we might get DMs from so they are understood correctly and handled automatically.
Lack of standards would not do that unless you have an issue that they are sending gibberish. If you are manually dealing with each one, you must be paying way more than $1,000 for each one today.