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5 key interface lifecycle concepts

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: December 3rd, 2014

Last week, we talked about how you can do more with less by applying a lifecycle approach  to your interface and interoperability work. By managing the lifecycle (instead of developing via trial and error), you’re able to forecast timelines, resources, and costs with more accuracy – and better outcomes and margins.

Start by getting a firm grasp on the key interface lifecycle concepts behind interface lifecycle management. This post will give you a solid foundation.

HL7 requirements

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Categories : HL7 Interfacing

Interface lifecycle management: do more with less

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: November 26th, 2014

Caristix White Paper: HL7 Integration: From Trial and Error to Predictable Project Outcomes and Margins

If you’re responsible for interfacing within a hospital system, a consulting organization, or an HIE, you know one thing: you need to do more with less. With EHR implementations slowing down, the big HIT implementation budgets are drying up. But so much of the promise and value of those systems is tied to interoperability and data exchange, and you’re still accountable for delivering those capabilities. [...]

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What the data in HL7 messages can tell you

By jeanluc.morin@caristix.com | Published: November 19th, 2014

You already know that HL7 messages are a rich source of actionable insight about your clinical and financial operations.

To get to that insight, start by inspecting, analyzing and querying your messages. You can do this manually via text editors and their basic search features. Or you can check out Caristix software.

Here are some HL7 message inspection and analysis tutorials to get you started using Caristix Pinpoint software. And get your data working for you.

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Categories : HL7 Data HL7 Interfacing

Need HL7 message samples? Google isn’t the answer

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: November 12th, 2014

HL7 message samples should be system-specific   

When you build interfaces, you need HL7 message samples and test messages for your validation workflow. It’s tempting to simply hit Google for generic samples, or check on Stack Overflow or another tech discussion forum. But there are problems with that approach.

For one thing, you’ll end up with messages that don’t fit your systems – your ADT, your LIS, the applications personalized for your environment. What’s more, if you use just a handful of messages, [...]

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Categories : HL7 Interfacing

HIEs and Interface Testing

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: November 6th, 2014

Interoperability barriers and HIE business models

In a previous post, we talked about the interoperability barriers facing HIEs (healthcare information exchanges). What are they? Primarily 1) cost and 2) complexity. That is, the cost of interface development, and the technical difficulty involved. These are especially in context of the business model switch, as HIEs move from startup grant-based funding to self-generated revenue based on membership fees and services.

The problem is, self-generated revenue is tricky to achieve at best. In some cases, [...]

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Categories : HL7 Interfacing Testing

What is HL7 Interface Validation?

By jeanluc.morin@caristix.com | Published: October 29th, 2014

The purpose of HL7 interface validation

In the interface lifecycle, validation is critical. HL7 interface validation is about checking the interface you’ve developed: making sure it works and that it meets the requirements you captured before interface development.

The most important requirements are around clinical workflow. In essence, validation is about testing against your workflows. You should test performance, message volume, and edge use cases, all before the applications and interface go live.

Need more detail on what you should test? Get an [...]

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Categories : Testing

Release Notes – Caristix 3.2

By jeremy.berube@caristix.com | Published: October 22nd, 2014

Caristix release 3.2 is a broad release of additional features through the range of Caristix products from Workgroup through the individual HL7 modules, Cloak, Conformance, Pinpoint and Test.  We’ve put some additional focus on Test as we continue to add features that accelerate test creation and test execution to help you get your interfaces into production faster.

Workgroup
New HL7 Messaging Feature

Support file drag-and-drop in the Message Gap to quickly compare message files

New DeId Features

Preformat the source value of a generator or [...]

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Categories : Announcements What's New

What Can HIEs Do to Overcome Interoperability Barriers?

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: October 21st, 2014

Cost and technical barriers?

As soon as you hear the word “interoperability” in healthcare, “cost” and “complexity” are right around the corner. If you’re a technical leader at an HIE, this won’t come as a shock. In a recent survey, 59% of HIEs see the cost of interface development as a barrier. And another 38% view technical difficulty in interfacing as their biggest hurdle.

So what’s the solution? 

For starters, there is no easy technical fix. Direct messaging can tackle some use cases. [...]

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Categories : Healthcare integration

Interface Conversion Projects and Connectors

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: October 15th, 2014

Interface Conversion Projects: 10 or More Steps

If you’ve ever worked on converting from a legacy interface engine to a new one, you know one thing: this is one complex project. With a lot of moving parts. You’re easily facing 10 or more different workflow steps — per interface.  The workflow can start with simply backing up the legacy production interface and can end with testing and deploying the new interface. But between Step 1 and 10, there is a lot [...]

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Categories : Migration/Conversion

Interfacing Capabilities and Costs

By margo.ellis@caristix.com | Published: October 8th, 2014

When you first start researching the interfacing capabilities of each engine vendor, you might be overwhelmed. If you’re in a startup, small company, or a hospital with fewer than 100 beds, get ready for sticker shock. Interfacing and integration don’t come cheap.

And if you’re in a bigger organization and you need a new engine, get ready for complexity and value propositions that may be overkill.

 This post will help you match your needs to the capabilities in the market. [...]

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Categories : HL7 Interfacing
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