Thanks to my newest video-recruit – Mo – we now have a new addition to our “The Movie” series of videos. This time around, Mo explains how to easy it can be to transform HL7 messages using Iguana and Chameleon.
For those of you who’ve been waiting for a new animated feature from iNTERFACEWARE, don’t worry, I’m just putting the finishing touches on my newest instalment as I type this. In the meantime, we thought we’d offer a practical solution to our newer customers who are attempting to transform HL7 messages for the first time.
With that said, I’ll pass this post over to Mo to introduce his brand new tutorial video: Transforming HL7 messages.
When I created my first animated video – How does HL7 work? – I never imagined it would have the reach and impact it did. In the few short weeks since it was released, the video has found its way onto dozens of corporate blogs, industry publications and personal sites. It seems the interest in HL7 – especially when explained in plain English – is very high!
As the comments rolled in, a number of viewers requested a more technical HL7 overview video. Not wanting to disappoint my “fans”, I thought I’d give it a shot.
It’s a good thing I’m always up for a challenge because as much as I love HL7 – and really, don’t we all – creating an HL7 tutorial to explain an HL7 message’s pipes, carets, tildes and ampersands isn’t exactly an easy task.
Have a look at my follow-up video – What does an HL7 message look like? – and let me know what you think. Did I manage to capture the important elements of an HL7 message in a fun way?
In keeping with our goal to provide the best possible service, documentation and support to all of our customers, I thought I’d take some time to create a second video in my “The Movie” series. A sequel, if you will, to the original: HL7 Demo – The Movie.
This time around, I wanted to show the creation of an outbound HL7 interface but was hoping I could “jazz” up the process a little while showing the ease of our tools.
The video only runs about 7 minutes, but in that short amount of time, I’m able to take the data from my database, map it into HL7 messages and configure Iguana to send my HL7 feed out to a receiving application (in this case, the HL7 listener).
For the past several months, I’ve been conducting the majority of our online product demonstrations. I’ve gotten to speak personally with so many of our customers. It’s been a lot of fun and a great learning experience. As a developer, it’s extremely eye opening when you start seeing exactly how our products are used once they get into the customer’s hands.
Despite all these great things, this morning I was thinking about the one negative. Specifically, the repetition the presenter – in this case, me – has to go through to perform these demos. Generally speaking, our demos walk customers – very thoroughly – through a typical interfacing scenario from start to finish. A lot of the process is the same each time we go through it. I’ve always wondered if things would be easier if we offered a series of video-based demos that could be watched – on-demand – followed by a meeting to discuss and answer questions.
At the heart of that question is this simple fact: While our typical demos range anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, the core process of creating a functional interface can actually be completed in about 10 minutes!