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Andrew Nicholls BizTalk, .NET & anything that amuses me...

I've just started designing a BizTalk solution for a healthcare client. This will ultimately integrate message flow between various systems within the clients domain to a centralised healthcare data store. We will be providing an HL7v2.4 compliant interface for these operations.

I've never used HL7 messages before, so it's been a steep learning curve. The accelerator pack has obviously had a huge amount of development put into it - there are multitudes of schemas for all HL7 versions from 2.x right up to version 3 which is XML. I mention this, because v2.x are essentially treated as flat files structures as far as consumption by BizTalk is concerened, although there are pipelines to assist with this. A new apaptor is made available too - MLLP, Minimum Lower Level Protocol. To my mind this is a flavour of TCP/IP and is widely used in Healthcare applications as the communication protocol.

Everyday is an opportunity to learn.............


Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 10:48 AM | Back to top

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