The EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) specification provides a profile that refines (or constrains) “standard” HL7 messages to moving lab results from reference labs to physician offices. Like IHE, the ELINCS profile constrains the generic HL7 standard to a specific set of use cases. In addition the ELINCS standard provides business rules that must be followed between the trading partners. Such rules are outside the scope of the base HL7 standard.
ELINCS is part of the 2007 CCHIT Ambulatory Interoperability requirements.
Note that sometimes this standard is misspelled as e-links or elinks.
Resources for ELINCS:
- Accelerating EMR Interoperability with ELINCS: Streamlining Lab Connectivity to Physician EMRs
- ELINCS Standard: Laboratory Results to EMRs
- Why the Increasing Demand for Electronic Results to Physicians?
- ELINCS overview and downloadable documents
- ELINCS Specifications
- Direct link to ELINCS 1.1 PDF file
This diagram shows the most common use case for ELINCS:
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