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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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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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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If You Read Only One Security Federation Paper This Year…

…let it be this one: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb498017.aspx The whitepaper was co-authored by Microsoft and IBM and I participated in the review of the healthcare scenario. [UPDATE: The post looked a little bit dry after reading it again, so I added some more context] The healthcare scenario starts at section 4 and talks about how to use…

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HL7 Submits Its Standards to ISO

HL7 Has submitted a batch of standards for ISO approval: A set of data standards developed by HL7, a health IT standards accreditation organization in the United States, is being jointly published with an international data standards group. Seven additional standards have also been submitted for consideration. […] In addition, HL7 has submitted seven other…

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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…

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More on HL7 Software Factories

This is taken from the GotDotNet Workspace and provides more insight on what is included in the project:   Over the last few years, as an active member of Health Level Seven (HL7) standardization organization, Microsoft significantly contributed to specifying how Web Services may be used as an open, secure and efficient communication infrastructure for…

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HL7 Software Factories

Everybody trying to implement a solution that uses HL7 Version 3 standards faces a pretty steep learning curve. This is not specific to HL7, but to any industry standard and can be extended to include company guidelines for software development as well. In a world where solutions are required yesterday (at best), this is unsustainable….

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HL7 Plenary and Working Group Meeting

I just got back from the HL7 meeting in San Diego.   Even if not as exciting as the PDC with announcements on Windows Vista, Office 12, Sparkle, LINQ and many others, it was still a good meeting.   I attended primarily the meetings of the Control/Query Technical Committee (now renamed Infrastructure and Messaging TC)…

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Smorgasbord of BizTalk Resources for HL7 Messaging

This is a collection of articles, downloads and resources for using BizTalk Server with HL7 Version 2 and Version 3:   HL7 Version 2.x   BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 Deployment Guide This document provides detailed procedures for deploying network, hardware, and software requirements to support health care transactions that comply with the HL7 standards.  …

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