How do you make a Pink Daiquiri?
Dear Agony Aunt, My husband is having an affair with his secretary. He brings her home and they hang out in our bedroom, while he wants me to make them pink daiquiris in the kitchen. My problem is – how do I make a pink daiquiri? For anyone that knows me, it is a favorite […]
Why Facebook, Google and 37Signals do better technology than Healthcare IT
Been meaning to blog a post on this for ages. It’s pretty obviously to any entrepreneur who runs a medical software company why technology in health care tends to lag behind what other industries have. The best technology to be found is in the consumer sector – consumers buy products they themselves want to use. […]
When is supporting the XML encoding of HL7 2.X a good idea?
This question came up on the HL7 mailing lists recently so I thought I would give a business perspective on it. I would say that less than 0.5% of the market implements the XML encoding of HL7 2.X in XML. I gave some of my perspective already with my article on why a JSON encoding […]
SOAP is an Oxymoron, may it REST in peace
SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. But there is nothing simple about it. If you don’t believe me, then go read the specification. It’s not surprising the thing got so out of hand – just look at the list of contributors. They all had to ‘add value’ in some way. Oh dear. Thank goodness it’s dying. […]
JSON – A natural standard
E-Prescription with Surescripts
One of the more challenging interfaces that many of our customers have to deal with is the E-Subscription interface from Surescripts. The format uses XML with EDIFACT messages embedded in the XML encoded with base 64. I had a customer on Friday asking about it and so I took the Iguana 5.0 Translator for a […]
Non-linear Software Economics
If Karl Marx were alive today he would have a field day updating his theories on the crisis of capitalism to encompass the shifting morass that forms the economics of software. With the current recession there has been a lot of debate about the use of economic stimulus with Keynesian theory: how government can effectively […]
My Dad Mervyn Muir – A pioneer meta integration engineer
The question of meta programming and modeling in health-care is a hot issue with HL7 v3 and the Reference Information Model (RIM). When ever it comes up I think about my Dad’s TV remote. My dad Mervyn was the personification of think different long before Apple ever trademarked the term. He worked his entire career for the New […]
Version 2 HL7 in JSON is not the answer
Oh dear. I didn’t really expect the rise and fall of HL7 to go viral. Now it seems I’m about to go down in history as the guy who said HL7 should be done in JSON. Oops. I do not actually think re-encoding version 2 HL7 in JSON is a good idea. Oh technically it’s quite […]
The Rise and Fall of HL7
The title of this post might seem unusual from what is supposed to be an HL7 middleware vendor. But times are changing and that is not where I see our future. Standards do not exist in a vacuum. To be successful standards must address market needs and solve real problems so people can make or save money. Writing […]
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