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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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Categories : Healthcare integration

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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Categories : Healthcare integration

Caristix Presenting on HL7 Integration at Interconnected Health 2012

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: March 26th, 2012

If you’re going to be at Interconnected Health 2012 (April 2-4) in Chicago, check out the session with Jean-Luc Morin, VP R&D here at Caristix. Jean-Luc’s session is on Monday, April 2. He’ll be talking about HL7 integration and how to move from trial and error to predictable project outcomes.

Jean-Luc’s presentation will introduce the concept of Interface Lifecycle Management, which covers 7 key stages that every healthcare organization goes through when they implement interfaces. These stages include scoping, configuration, validation, [...]

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Categories : Announcements

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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Categories : Healthcare integration

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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Categories : Healthcare integration

How to Change HL7 Segment and Field Definitions in Caristix Cloak

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: January 11th, 2012

One of our Cloak customers is de-identifying close to 14 GB of clinical data coming from several healthcare information systems (including 2 ADTs and a lab system) at an IDN. This customer is asking some great questions that would help other Cloak users get more out of the software. Here’s an excerpt from our conversations.

The NK1 segment is giving me trouble. Specifically, field 5, the address. I created a sample message with this as the NK1.5 content:

123 EASY ST^Arlington^VA^22207

The NK1 [...]

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Categories : De-identification

Vary De-identified Names Across Clinical Data Using Caristix Cloak

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: January 6th, 2012

One of our Cloak customers is de-identifying several GB of clinical data coming from several healthcare information systems (including 2 ADTs and a lab system) at an IDN. This customer is asking some great questions that would help other Cloak users get more out of the software. Here’s an excerpt from our conversations. We’ll be posting new Q&As in the coming weeks.

Is there a means by which the names in a message can be de-identified, i.e. patient, physician, etc., without [...]

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Categories : De-identification

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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Categories : Healthcare integration

What Every Hospital IT Director Should Know About HL7 Gaps

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

HL7: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

How many times do hospital IS/IT directors come across this scenario?

Your hospital has just signed on the dotted line for a new EMR. It’s meant to streamline clinician workflows, facilitate improved quality of care, and help meet all-important Meaningful Use targets. And all you have to do is interface it.

You’ve got a budget, a timeline, an interface engine, a couple of developers, a couple of analysts, a pile of legacy systems to integrate [...]

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Categories : Implementation

HL7 Interface Documentation, Scoping, and Sample Messages, Part 2

By sovita.chander@caristix.com | Published: November 9th, 2011

In a previous post on interface documentation and sample HL7 messages, I touched on four guidelines for using sample messages. We’re working on software that will make it easier to use sample messages effectively in your HL7 integration projects. The software is called Caristix Reader, and it will be available free of charge upon release. A beta version is now available for download and evaluation here.

Caristix Reader and Sample HL7 Messages

1. Message Structure Caristix Reader captures message structures from sample [...]

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Categories : HL7 Data
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