Caristix Moves Free Reader Software into Public Beta
Software for scoping HL7® interfaces now available to all analysts for download.
Quebec City, Canada – November 2, 2011 – Caristix, a healthcare IT startup transforming data integration and interoperability, announced today that Caristix Reader software for scoping and documenting HL7® interfaces is now available in public beta.
Users can now download and try Caristix Reader, a next-generation HL7® application that helps clinical analysts and interface developers automate HL7-related scoping activities for use with any interface engine and with point-to-point interfaces.
Caristix Reader Capabilities
Caristix Reader takes HL7® message logs, reads their structure and content, and outputs that information in easy-to-read HL7® profiles. This functionality enables the following capabilities:
Plan interface work more accurately and provide evidence-based milestones: Caristix Reader provides analysts and their managers with the ability to scope interfacing projects based on real-world data, not out-of-date interface specifications. HL7® profiles in Caristix Reader become evidence-based documents for gap analysis during interface development.
Improve analyst productivity: by automating the scoping process, Caristix Reader enables deep understanding of the data in inbound systems. This eliminates dependence on weeks of validation testing to discover hidden customizations that force analysts to spend days on troubleshooting and correction.
The private beta added several new features.
Word report: the initial version enabled users to create an HL7® profile based on message logs, and share profiles via email. The new version, now available in public beta, enables users to convert a profile (or part of a profile) to a shareable Word document.
Copy and paste: users can copy information such as data value, segment or field details, and paste into their own documentation.
Table Library: the Table Library containing coded values was made easier to use. Analysts can easily look up table values associated with specific fields.
“Analysts are tired of counting pipes in HL7® messages, just so they can get a handle on HL7® message structure. This application not only helps analysts to avoid pipe-counting, it goes much further. Analysts can process thousands of messages in a few minutes. This means that you get a representative idea of what your inbound systems are really doing, so get it right the first time, when you build, migrate, or update interfaces. Caristix Reader can save weeks of scoping and validation work on a major interfacing project,” said Stéphane Vigot, president of Caristix.
While the private beta program was limited to hospital users in the US and Canada, the Caristix Reader public beta download is available to all users. The product is free during beta, and will remain free upon general release.
The average US hospital runs up to 100 IT systems. Not a single one of these systems can share patient information out of the box. But effective patient care demands that IT systems exchange information. So hospitals and vendors turn to data interfaces – 50 to 100 of them in an average hospital. However, it can take months of painstaking manual work to set up an interface.
Caristix has developed a software suite to automate this manual work. Our software reads data in an information system and outputs a list of requirements for setting up the interface. As a result, Caristix software can reduce months of work to a few days. Overall, our software can reduce interface deployment time by 50%, reduce hospital testing time by 75%, and cut interface maintenance time by 90%.
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