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Do You Suffer from Interface Black Box Syndrome?

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: June 20th, 2012

Definition

Interface Black Box Syndrome is characterized by lack of visibility into the critical details that can hurt an interface. It can affect any hospital IT leader who is responsible for interfacing, but the most susceptible are dependent on 3rd parties and/or consultants. Fortunately, Interface Black Box Syndrome is treatable, and there are ways to reduce the risk that the syndrome will recur.

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms are almost always chronic and sub-acute. But they can explode into a world of expensive [...]

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Webinar: Lean Integration and the HL7 Interface Lifecycle

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: May 16th, 2012

Implementing or upgrading HIT systems and applications doesn’t mean much these days if they remain data islands unto themselves. Interfacing is the key to connectivity. But far too many teams rely on the drawn-out iterative processes of trial and error to get their interfaces created and tested. With interface counts reaching into the hundreds per hospital, your organization must find a way to get leaner and do more with less.

We’re sponsoring an educationally focused webinar where you’ll hear from CIOs [...]

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The Top 5 HL7 Interfacing Questions Facing New Hospital CIOs and IT Directors

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: May 8th, 2012

Here are some of the most common issues I’ve come across when speaking with newly appointed hospital IT leaders faced with interfacing and integration issues.

1. I have hundreds of HL7 interfaces already (I think), and I am being asked to clean house. Where do I start? Start by inventorying your interfaces. Get a sense of how many interfaces are out there and document the systems they connect.

2. Are my interface consultants providing me with all documentation I am entitled to? [...]

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Reducing Manual Work through HL7 Interface Lifecycle Management

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: April 24th, 2012

Caristix was selected to present at Interconnected Health 2012 recently, and we focused on a new concept, HL7 Interface Lifecycle Management.

Up till now, there’s been a sort of unspoken assumption in the industry: interfacing is a linear event based on simple drag-and-drop configuration within an interface engine. However, if you look at all of the tasks that are involved in interfacing, it is far more helpful to model interfacing as a lifecycle.

Here’s why.

HL7 provides a framework to support the process [...]

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May 24 Webinar: CIOs on Leaner HL7 Integration

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: April 18th, 2012

Implementing systems doesn’t mean much these days if they remain data islands unto themselves, but far too many teams rely on the drawn-out iterative processes of trial and error to get their interfaces created and tested. With so many connections at play, your organization must find a way to get leaner and do more with less. We’re sponsoring an educationally focused webinar on this topic. You’ll hear from CIOs who have blasted away key bottlenecks in integration, leaving them able [...]

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What Are the Pitfalls of HL7 Interfacing?

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: February 15th, 2012

One of the things we realized when we formed Caristix is that the biggest pitfall in HL7 interfacing isn’t coding or setting up the interface. With modern interface engines, that’s relatively easy. The real struggle is knowing how a system is constructed, where the gaps are, and what needs to be coded – this drives the work. In fact, when this scoping is handled effectively, all other aspects of interface creation and management go well. But when this stage is [...]

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Is HL7 Interface Trial and Error Working for You?

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: February 7th, 2012

Typically, when you start an interfacing project, there’s a getting-your-feet-wet stage. “Where’s the MRN in that feed? Does it have leading zeros? Who’s got the lab codes? What do the z-segments contain?” There are a whole lot of questions at this stage. One question cascades into another. You check the interface documentation. Then send an email. And pretty soon, you’re in the deep end, with scope creep, a runaway timeline, and very little real data (read: specifications and test messages) [...]

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HIStalk Innovator Showcase Covers Caristix

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: November 15th, 2011

Healthcare IT blog HIStalk featured Caristix in a series on innovative companies developing technology products for hospitals, providers, and others in healthcare.

Here’s what one of our users at a major HIT vendor had to say about Caristix technology when he was interviewed for the article:

What problems have you solved using Caristix products and what impact has that had on your organization?

We are seeking ways to continuously improve our customer enablement process for our product. An activity in that process is [...]

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Healthcare Integration Roundup – May 6, 2011

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: May 6th, 2011

This week’s roundup covers enterprise data modeling, a possible slowdown in the Meaningful Use timeline, a new HIE software release, and interoperability.

Enterprise Data Modeling: 7 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make via www.information-management.com This article isn’t healthcare-specific, but there are several good pointers for architects working in IDNs and HIEs — any healthcare integration initiative, as a matter of fact. Key takeaway: a data model has to reflect business needs and be transparent. Easier said than done.

Federal Health IT Panel [...]

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Healthcare Integration Roundup – April 29, 2011

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: April 29th, 2011

This week, we have a couple of HIE news items out of the US Midwest, a new Canadian iPad/ICU implementation, and a warning not to use Dropbox for healthcare data.

Information Exchange: Know Your Use Cases via cmio.net All about the Cincinnati-area HIE, HealthBridge. EHR feeds to 29 vendors, 60+ EHR versions, all on an Axolotl system and Mirth MUx.

Chicago Hospitals Embark On Long HIE Journey via nversel They’re putting together a subscription-based model for providers; vendors share the risk. Read [...]

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