BizTalk Accelerator for HL7

Today’s healthcare industry moves faster than ever. Many healthcare providers face the challenge of providing the best clinical care in a complex and costly environment. Information management can play a valuable role in facing these challenges, but after years of cost increases and budget cutbacks, combined with mergers and ongoing staff shortages, healthcare providers can find that information management gets in the way of patient care. Health Level 7 (HL7) is an industry-standard application protocol for electronic data exchange of information. BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 extends the capabilities of BizTalk Server R2 for healthcare providers by delivering a comprehensive HL7 messaging solution that enables sharing of patient information within and between healthcare organizations.

Product Information

BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 delivers enhanced messaging capabilities, specific HL7 standard formats and schemas and middleware integration tools. Highlights include:

• Complete set of schemas for all HL7 v2.x message types and trigger events
• Flexible and configurable adapter for HL7's Minimal Lower Layer Protocol (MLLP)
• Ability to configure the level of message validation
• Automated and configurable support for standard HL7 message acknowledgment modes including original and enhanced acknowledgments
• Ability to process HL7 batch message protocols as well as create a batch from individual messages or split a batch into individual messages
• Configurable auditing component that allows an organization to log access to confidential patient information contained within HL7 messages

What’s New in BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 2.0

BizTalk Accelerator for HL7 2.0 includes the following:

• Support for HL7 v2.5
• Support for ordered messaging: a change was made to the MLLP adapter to leverage the support of the ordered messaging capability in BizTalk Server R2
• Support of international characters
• Enhanced socket management for MLLP: resolves connectivity issues with other rogue interface engines that have a sub-optimal TCP/IP socket implementation
• Schema generation tool to facilitate creation of customized libraries of HL7 v2 message models and generation of BizTalk Transaction Set schemas
• Fixes to the Mapper in Biztalk Server 2006 R2 to address the “segment scrambling” problem when mapping HL7 v2 messages

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