Friday Mar 28, 2014

Emdeon Simplifies Healthcare with Oracle SOA on Exalogic

Emdeon is a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers and patients in the U.S. healthcare system. Emdeon's offerings integrate and automate key business and administrative functions of its payer and provider customers throughout the patient encounter. In the following testimonial watch Bill Muir, SVP Business Management Platform Services at Emdeon discuss how their implementation on Oracle SOA Suite Engineered Systems helped them with the following:

  • Lowered total cost of ownership with a unified management framework across the infrastructure
  • Delivered on unparalleled performance on services and applications
  • Improved time to market and maximized business agility by minimizing set up and maintenance

To find out more Engineered Systems Advantage: SOA & Exalogic 

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Connecting Clinical and Administrative Processes: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

One of the biggest IT challenges facing today’s health care industry is the difficulty finding reliable, secure, and cost-effective ways to exchange information. Payers and providers need versatile platforms for enterprise-wide information sharing. Clinicians require accurate information to provide quality care to patients while administrators need integrated information for all facets of the business operation. Both sides of the organization must be able to access information from research and development systems, practice management systems, claims systems, financial systems, and many others. Externally, these organizations must share claims data, patient records, pharmaceutical data, lab reports, and diagnostic information among third party entities—all while complying with emerging standards for formatting, processing, and storing electronic health records (EHR).

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables developers to integrate many types of software applications, databases and computing platforms within a particular health network as well as with community, state, and national health information exchanges. The Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is designed to provide healthcare organizations with comprehensive integration capabilities within a unified middleware platform, as well as with healthcare libraries and templates for streamlining healthcare IT projects. It reduces the need for specialized skills and enforces an enterprise-wide view of critical healthcare data. 

SOA Healthcare

Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is part of a comprehensive middleware environment designed to correlate data points, link applications, and comply with the myriad challenges of this highly regulated, data-intensive industry. Smoothing data interchange helps streamline every phase of the healthcare lifecycle—from initiation, eligibility, and enrollment to service delivery, program analysis, and reporting. Oracle’s mature middleware tools help providers to interface clinical and administrative systems as they share information, both internally among departments as well as externally with other providers and insurance carriers.

Here is a new white paper that details more about this offering: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Monday Oct 07, 2013

New Oracle Learning Library (OLL) Content for Healthcare

Checkout the new video content on the SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration. It's in the Oracle Learning Library (OLL), available whenever you need it, at no charge. The new content is listed here.

The content includes:

  • A 2-part introduction to the product
  • How to create endpoints
  • How to create and test a Healthcare composite application
  • How to create Java callouts with the Healthcare application
  • How to compare guidelines with the Document Editor
Let us know what you think!


Friday Oct 04, 2013

New SOA Suite for Healthcare Course - First Teach

Oracle University invites you to attend the First Global Teach of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g: Healthcare Integration Ed 1 class. It will be taught online.

This class gives you a foundation in Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration. It teaches you how to exchange messages with web services and incorporate your own Java code into a healthcare integration application. You will learn to create custom guideline documents using the Document Editor to meet your specific business needs. You will also learn to use JMS queues for internal delivery channels.

Learn To:

  • Create SOA composite applications that process the healthcare standard documents.
  • Create a Java Callout.
  • Create JMS internal delivery channels.
  • Enable web services-based message exchange.
  • Create document guidelines.
  • Configure endpoints.

Date: 25-NOV-13
Duration: 2 days
Hours: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM PST
Location: Online

Click here for more details and to enroll.

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Ascension Improves Patient Experience with Next-Generation Healthcare Integration

Ascension Health is working to meet its next generation healthcare integration platform requirements for its 26 health ministries (hospitals), using Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration. At the Oracle Open World 2013 session, Ascension will cover the key architecture, ROI, best practices, and lessons learned from Ascension's first pilot implementation and focus on underlying technologies that make all this happen.

Ascension's challenges with existing environment:

  • Disparate hardware and operating systems that cause challenges for support and maintenance
  • Disparate applications that cause development, governance, support and contractual headaches
  • No central IT focus for integration services
  • Inability to cost effectively meet regulatory requirements
Ascension Pilot

Join us to understand how Oracle helped Ascension address these issues and move beyond to deliver on the future.

Title: Improving Patient Experience with Next Generation Healthcare Integration  [CON 5878]

Speakers Include: Kevin Mattingly - Integration Engineer, Ascension Health

                               Steve Schenks - Integration Architect, Ascension Health 

Date: Wednesday Sep 25

Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Location: St. Francis - Elizabethan A/B

New Course - SOA Suite 11g: Healthcare Integration

We have just released a new course for healthcare integration titled "SOA Suite 11g: Healthcare Integration". Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration helps healthcare entities securely exchange HL7 standard documents. You will learn how easy it is to create SOA composite applications that process these healthcare standard documents. You also learn how to exchange messages with web services as well as how to incorporate your own Java code into a healthcare integration application. And you learn how to use JMS queues for internal delivery channels.

The course is available worldwide as instructor led training in a classroom or online. The course codes are D81662GC10 for the classroom version and D81664GC10 for the online version. See the Oracle University website for scheduling details.

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 ( for healthcare integration

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 ( for healthcare integration. It can be downloaded from SOA Suite for healthcare integration OTN download page. Some of main highlight for this healthcare release includes:

  • Ease of Installation: The user installation experience is simplified by introducing an automated healthcare post-install script. User need to install standard SOA Suite 11g R1( and then a post install script need to be invoked to enable all healthcare components.
  • Performance Optimization and Interface Sequencing: This release brings lot of performance enhancement by introducing additional knobs to tweak Engine, database and composite layer to achieve better throughput and response time . An additional sequencing option called Interface Sequencing is added which provides better throughput and scalability by reducing database interaction and sequencing check points. This is additional option on top of Component level sequencing.
  • UI Enhancements:

System Dashboards has been added for global view of status of healthcare system. It list all endpoints with their status, protocol details along with message count and queue count associated with endpoints. It provides additional system level data like most active endpoint, recent error trends etc.

The original dashboard is also enhanced to provide Compact Dashboard view to provide endpoint color coding status as small icons, for healthcare systems which have large set of endpoints.

The user provisioning for different roles to view payload etc can now be done through UI.

  • Web Services Support : This release provides web services support to exchange web-services (both for SOAP 1.0 and 1.1) based messages between endpoints. A new protocol ‘WS-HTTP’ is added in endpoint configurations in UI. The user can post SOAP message in Sync or Async Mode based upon configuration in the Endpoint.  All the OWSM policies available in Enterprise Manager are supported.

This release also provide additional document support for National Council for Prescription Drug Program ( NCPDP) and  Interchange level acknowledgement ( TA1) support for HIPAA 5010 use cases.

Check out  SOA Suite for healthcare integration ( User Guide for more details.


Monday Mar 05, 2012

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1( Healthcare Add On

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1( Healthcare Add On. It can be downloaded from SOA Suite for healthcare integration OTN download page. Some of main highlight for this healthcare release includes:

Ease of Installation : One of the main focus for the 11g R1 ( healthcare release is to ensure the ease of installation for all healthcare components (through automated scripts) on top of standard SOA Suite 11g R1(  install.

Performance Improvements: This 11g R1 ( healthcare release brings huge performance improvement for typical HL7 MLLP provider use cases. Apart from the code level optimization we have introduced a bunch of tuning knobs -- at application, composite and database level to achieve high throughput.

Additional Protocol Support: This release supports HL7 Version 3 message structures. We have added supports for File, FTP, SFTP, JMS, and HLLP protocols in additions to MLLP 1.0, MLLP 2.0 and TCP/IP support that we had in our earlier release.

Alert and Contact : The alert notification feature for SOA Suite for healthcare integration works in conjunction with the built-in notification framework of Oracle User Messaging Service (UMS), Oracle SOA Suite human workflow services and Enterprise Manager. It is extended for some of specific healthcare events like error occurred in specific endpoints e.g: Creating alerts for an error occurs during inbound or outbound message processing, delivery to endpoints, or delivery to internal delivery channels.

Endpoint Pair: Endpoint Pair is a concept that ties 2 related HL7 endpoints (1 for sending and 1 for receiving messages) as a unit for management and monitoring. This will allows enabling / disabling the related endpoint pair at the same time, visualizing supported documents for the pair intuitively, and displaying related monitoring data (message counts and actual messages) together.

Sequencing View: In typical healthcare systems the message can be in waiting or stuck in the waiting state because of sequencing and error conditions or message processing delays. The sequencing view will help drill down into the endpoint dashboard where the entire message queue can be seen.


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