Caristix Workgroup – Getting Started Video Series

Are you just getting started with Caristix software? Or do you need a refresh on functionality you haven’t used in a while?

We’re launching a video tutorial series for Caristix users. The series prepares you to use Workgroup to cover the entire interface lifecycle: scoping, configuration, testing, go-live, maintenance, and upgrades. The series will walk you step-by-step  through loading HL7 data to output a spec and interface requirements, setting up validation testing, de-identifying messages, and much more. This week we’re kicking things off with two videos; the complete series will cover 14 topics.

If you’re an analyst, developer, or team lead who’s just getting started with Caristix, you’ll want to take a look.

Start with Chapter 1, an introduction to Workgroup software.

And move on to Chapter 2, which shows you how to use Workgroup’s search and filter functionality for data discovery and troubleshooting.

Here’s the complete list of videos. Watch for the others — we’ll be adding more over the coming weeks and months. And let us know what you think in the comments.

  • Chapter 1: Introducing Workgroup
  • Chapter 2: HL7 Data at the Message Level – Discovery and Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 3: HL7 Data at Message Level – Analysis
  • Chapter 4: HL7 Data at the System Level – Profiles
  • Chapter 5: HL7 Data at the System Level – More about Profiles
  • Chapter 6: Understanding Interface Requirements – Gap Analysis
  • Chapter 7: Building the Interface – Export Profiles
  • Chapter 8: Validating Transformations – Testing
  • Chapter 9: Managing Documentation and Artifacts – Workgroup Library
  • Chapter 10: Managing Users and Privileges
  • Chapter 11: Managing Your Interfacing Assets
  • Chapter 12: De-Identifying Messages
  • Chapter 13: Validating Network Connectivity – Routing and Listening
  • Chapter 14: Putting It All Together – The Interfacing Lifecycle

Pinpoint Software for HL7 Interface Gap Analysis

We’ve had great feedback from early users of Pinpoint software. They aren’t just using Pinpoint for interface troubleshooting. They’re also incorporating the software into their gap analysis workflow. In this context, gap analysis is the process of documenting the HL7 interface gaps between new software and legacy systems.

Here’s one way Pinpoint can make this process a little quicker.

Start with a Message Log
Analysts usually start with a raw message log from the provider, covering a few days of transactions. The log contains multiple segments, covering whatever the provider needs in the way of data from the software currently in place.

Filter Out Unneeded Segments
Many of these segments won’t be relevant to the gap analysis. But with a plain text editor like Notepad, analysts would have no choice but to parse the extra segments. For instance, for a new flowsheet, an analyst might need to screen the PID (patient identification), PV1 (patient visit) and OBX (observation) segments, but not INS-related segments, which contain payer-related data.

With Pinpoint, analysts can filter out the extra segments before starting to document gaps. This means they don’t have to read and scroll through extraneous data — which makes a big difference when they’re sampling batches of 50 to 100 messages at a time, out of a total volume of 5000 messages.

Pinpoint screenshot for HL7 interface gap analysis
Filter out extra segments with Pinpoint

(demo data generated by Caristix software)

And that’s a quick tip for using Pinpoint during the HL7 interface gap analysis process. We’ll be posting an article on gap analysis workflow and potential pitfalls later this week.

How are you using Pinpoint? Share other uses in the comments below.