Frequently Asked Questions

Despite increasing attempts to facilitate interoperability through regulations, the challenges lie elsewhere in creating seamless data exchange among a patient’s physician, hospital, labs, pharmacy, and others along the continuum of care. In this paper, we’ll discuss the operational challenges a lack of interoperability is likely creating for your organization. Then we’ll introduce you to Consensus — a simple, easy-to-deploy interoperability solution.

What is Consensus?

Consensus provides easy interoperability, with streamlined workflows in an easy-to-use platform that keeps you connected through each patient’s continuum of care.

Do I need to have an EHR to use Consensus?

No, you do not need an EHR. All you need is a secure internet connection to a web browser and you can log into Consensus.

How secure is Consensus?

Consensus is HIPAA compliant.

Does Consensus support C-CDAs?

Consensus can send and received C-CDAs and even parse C-CDAs so that the data can be consumed by an EHR in discreet fields.

Does Consensus integrate separate connections to different document exchange networks?

No, Consensus does not do point-to-point connections. Consensus provides a way to normalize data into one UI in a common dashboard. Users will not have to worry about different networks or communication connections to share patients records. Users will just need the Consensus dashboard.

What is interoperability for Consensus?

As it relates to the conversation with Consensus, interoperability is the ability to automate the data sharing and the document handling process. If you have an EHR, Consensus aligns it back to the EHR and patient record sometimes not requiring a human to touch it.

How does Consensus request patient data?

You can send a direct message to an individual provider for referrals, lab results, discharge summaries or content on a specific patient. Users can also query CommonWell or Carequality for additional encounter information on specific patients.

Does Consensus have an MPI?

Consensus doesn’t have a proprietary Master Patient Indexing (MPI), but rather uses the the query forms necessary to find patient data that may exist in other systems and connects to Carequality and CommonWell.

What standards of interoperability does Consensus support?


Do you have an audit trail in Consensus for document received success?

Yes, Consensus can show you completed communication transaction, pending and not completed.

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