Designing HealthVault’s Data Model

It’s been about a month now since we released HealthVault and we heard a lot of great feedback from the industry. Pretty much everyone in Health has an opinion on HealthVault 🙂 I also saw some interesting debate regarding how HealthVault addresses the big elephant in the room: compliance with existing standards. I have been…

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Getting Started with HL7 Version 3 and BizTalk Server 2006 (R2)

After a long gestation period we have finally published the HL7 v3 and BizTalk whitepaper: Getting Started with HL7 v3 and BizTalk Server 2006 This paper provides developers with an overview of HL7 version 3 Messaging (HL7 v3) concepts, how to build HL7 v3 solutions with Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006, and how to convert message…

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Using Office Open XML in Health

We have just published a whitepaper on the use of Office Open XML in Health at the address below: Using Office Open XML Formats to Support Electronic Health Records Portability and Health Industry Standards Abstract: Empowering patients and consumers to exchange Electronic Health Records securely is a big debate in the health industry across the…

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HL7 Version 3 Tutorial Handout

Sorry to use this blog for a public service announcement 🙂 For the folks that attended my tutorial (TH18 HL7 Version 3 Implementation Mechanics – Part II) at the Atlanta HL7 Working Group Meeting, please contact me directly to have a copy of the presentation. I apologize if the printout was garbled, apparently you really…

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MS-HUG TechForum - BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 [Update 1]

Straight from the horse’s mouth, Stuart Landrum, Program Manager for the BizTalk Accelerators gave an overview of the new features for the Accelerator for HL7 2.0(A4HL7) in BizTalk 2006 R2. Here they are: New Accelerator Licensing! Support for HL7 v2.5 Support of international characters Support for ordered messaging Enhanced MLLP persistent connection management HL7 Schema…

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MS-HUG TechForum - IHE XDS.b Reference Implementation

We had a fairly well attended session and the objective of providing an overview of the Health Connection Engine (HCE) and IHE XDS.b reference implementations was achieved, although with the time we had I could not get into a lot of detail. We have talked about the HCE in the past so I’ll try to…

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HL7 Accelerator v3?

We have not even shipped Version 2.0 of the HL7 Accelerator for BizTalk that Tom is already thinking ahead and posting a wish list for v3. Some of the issues he outlines are already addressed in v1.3, others will in v2: 1.1, this is addressed in v1.3 and v2.0 by a flag you need to…

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HL7 v2 Developer Guide

We just published a new whitepaper that provides some specific guidance on HL7 Version 2 development with the BizTalk Accelerator. The whitepaper deals with: Configuring a minimal HL7 solution for testing purposes Customizing HL7 v2 schemas (yeah!) Creating *new* HL7 v2 messages Mapping of HL7 data, including controlling the order of mapped elements in the…

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