Gartner Group’s Take on Health Intelligence and Amalga UIS

Recently we worked with Gartner Group on a webcast outlining the issues that healthcare provider organizations face when it comes to data integration and how solutions such as Amalga UIS 2009 can help address these issues and provide organizations with more tools and better ability to view, analyze and act upon information that they already…


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…


Health Connection Engine Whitepapers Now LIVE!

We just published two (2) Health Connection Engine whitepapers: Introduction to The Microsoft Health Connection Engine: This whitepaper provides an overview of the Health Connection Engine (HCE), including the major concepts and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles applied within HCE. The paper also discusses possible use scenarios for the HCE from an architectural perspective, highlighting…


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…


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…


Health Connection Engine 2.1.1 Released to CodePlex

We have released version 2.1.1 of the Health Connection Engine to CodePlex. The release addresses a few issues we identified in setup and the Deployment Guide and some security and performance warning raised by FxCop. From the project description: “The Health Connection Engine facilitates the interoperability between these multiple systems by abstracting the interfaces used…


Summary Report for NHIN Prototypes

If you pay any attention to what’s happening in the U.S. around the National Health Information Network (NHIN) you certainly have seen that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has posted another RFP for more prototypes to test what was done last year in the 4 prototypes and in HITSP. At the same…


The Microsoft Connected Health Framework

Let me try and paint a picture, let’s see if this applies to any of you: I have many portals, mostly provided by the line of business application vendors, that do not talk to each other I can look at the information in the portal, but on order to change it I need to go…


Eric Blogs on BizTalk and HL7 v2

I just came across Eric’s Blog about BizTalk and the HL7 Accelerator. A great resource for those of you implementing HL7 v2 on the Microsoft platform.


Advancing Cyber Security with .NET

This is some great work on federated security in healthcare done by several researchers at the University of Virginia, dept. of Computer Science (full disclosure: Microsoft funded some of the papers). The “Papers and Presentations” section has a lot great articles, tutorial and demos on the topic of federated security in healthcare using Web Services…