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

By | 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

HL7 Interface Documentation, Scoping, and Sample Messages, Part 1

By | Published: November 1st, 2011

When it comes to interface documentation formats, we’re all about using whatever analysts, project managers, and developers find helpful: Word site surveys, Excel lists, wikis, whatever works. Those tools are perfect for handling the baseline information around inbound and outbound channel specifications and transport specifics.

In recent customer conversations and in discussions on LinkedIn, one practice stood out: the use of sample messages to understand real-world systems. Sample messages contain a wealth of information about the systems that need to connect. [...]

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Categories : HL7 Data

Caristix recrute !

By | Published: September 6th, 2011

Agent de support au service technique

Nous ouvrons un poste, basé à Québec, pour notre nouveau service technique. Les responsabilités de notre unité technique sont multiples et variées chez Caristix. Le terme « unité technique » convient d’ailleurs mieux à cette unité d’élite. Nous cherchons un collègue bien particulier, qui soit avant tout prêt à s’impliquer dans la réalité d’une entreprise en démarrage, quelqu’un que le terme « start-up » ne rende pas anxieux !

Les tâches de notre nouveau collègue seront [...]

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Categories : Announcements

Caristix is Hiring!

By | Published: September 2nd, 2011

Technical Support Rep

We’re looking for a full-time, Quebec City-based support rep. This isn’t your typical tech and/or sales support position. We’re seeking one very special individual: first and foremost, someone who gets startup life and loves it. This special someone also gets product management and the voice of the customer.

Your days will be varied. You might be demoing to prospects one day, troubleshooting with a customer the next, and delivering in-depth training the following week. And throughout it all, you’ll [...]

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Caristix Reader Beta Shipped This Week

By | Published: August 19th, 2011

We’ve shipped our latest software to beta testers. And we’ve given the product a name: Caristix Reader. Like Adobe Reader, it’s free.

Looking for more info on the beta and Caristix Reader? Here’s a stack of FAQs from our on-boarding calls with beta testers.

What does it do? In a nutshell, Caristix Reader “reads” HL7 interface specifications:

Reverse-engineer an interface profile or specification from a stack of HL7 messages.
Navigate the profile, and edit it. Consult it whenever.
Send a profile to a colleague or [...]

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Categories : HL7 Interfacing

Beta Program for New Caristix Application

By | Published: July 14th, 2011

We’re now accepting beta users for a new software application that will simplify the scoping of HL7 integration projects.

Who’s Eligible

Hospital IT team members who work on healthcare integration, interfacing, and HL7.
Limited to hospital employees in the US and Canada.

About the Product

The software enables healthcare IT analysts and developers to grasp how data flows through a system. They can do this minutes, not after hours of poring over a spec. The software also automatically documents the associated real-world interface specification. This [...]

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Caristix at the International Startup Festival

By | Published: July 14th, 2011

Stéphane Vigot, Caristix co-founder and president, is presenting today at the International Startup Festival, a new conference on the business of startups. He’ll be pitching to investors, media, and thought leaders from all over.

We’re thrilled to have this opportunity. Caristix is among 12 finalists, who were picked from over 120 applicants from around the world. Startup and tech blog Next Montreal profiled all 12 finalists over the past few days. Read about the other finalists here.

We think it promises to [...]

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Categories : Announcements

Caristix Test v1.18 Release Notes

By | Published: June 15th, 2011

We’ve just released Test v1.18, Caristix software for testing HL7 interfaces. This release includes two new features.

Database Connection Library

Caristix Test now includes a library for your database connections. This helps you manage multiple database connections more easily. Rather than configuring the connection each time you change databases, simply select a pre-configured connection from a list.

New HL7 Message Formats

Outbound HL7 message tasks can now send content in HL7-ER7 or HL7-XML formats.

Feedback Link

All Caristix applications now include a feedback link ( under [...]

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Categories : Announcements What's New

Healthcare Integration Roundup – May 6, 2011

By | 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 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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Categories : Healthcare integration

Healthcare Integration Roundup – April 29, 2011

By | 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 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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