Friday Jul 03, 2009

GlassFish ESB v2.1, MySQL v5.1 - Make HL7 v2.3.1 Delimited Messages from Custom Delimited Records with HL7 Encoder and HL7 BC

“Progress” notwithstanding, Healthcare environments still extensively use the HL7 v2.x Delimited messages for conveyance of patient and patient-related information between applications. The GlassFish ESB provides support for HL7 v2.x messaging in the form of the HL7 Encoder, which allows conversion between HL7 v2 Delimited and HL7 v2 XML message formats, and in the form of the HL7 Binding Component, which allow connectivity between the GlassFish ESB-based healthcare solutions and healthcare applications that support HL7 over TCP connectivity.

In this document I will walk through the process of generating HL7 v2.3.1 delimited messages from pipe-delimited records containing patient information, sending and receiving HL7 v2.3.1 delimited messages using the HL7 Binding Component, parsing HL7 v2.3.1 delimited messages and writing HL7 v2 delimited messages to a file. To create and process HL7 messages I show how create a custom ADT A04 XML Schema and a custom “any HL7 v2 message” XML Schema. This gives me an opportunity to use the File Binding Component (File BC), the HL7 BC, the HL7 Encoder, the Custom Encoder and the BPEL Service Engine (BPEL SE). This also gives me an opportunity to demonstrate a HL7 v2.3.1 delimited message sender solution and to demonstrate a HL7 v2.3.1 delimited message receiver solution. At the end of the process we will have a file containing HL7 v2 delimited ADT A04 messages, which we will use in related writeups. 

The article and referenced materials are available at

Thursday Jan 01, 2009

HL7 Processor Demonstration - Java CAPS 6/JBI and OpenESB

This Note walks the reader through development of a Java
CAPS 6/JBI-based / OpenESB-based solution that addresses a Healthcare-related
business problem. The Note elaborates on the healthcare background necessary to
get a notion of what is being done and why, and provides detailed steps
required to implement and exercise the solution to the business problem.

Updated note, where GlassFsish ESB v2.1 is used instead of Java CAPS 6, is available at

We will use the HL7 Binding Component, the File Binding
Component, the JMS Binding Component, the SOAP/HTTP Binding Component, the BPEL
2.0 Service Engine, the JavaEE Service Engine, the HL7 Encoder and EJB-based
Web Services in a JBI-based solution.

In the process we will create XML Schema Documents (XSDs),
Web Services Description Language Documents (WSDLs), a BPEL 2.0 Business
Process, an EJB-based “Implementation First” web service, an EJB- and
WSDL-based “Interface First” web service, a bunch of Composite Applications,
BPLE 2.0 mapping, BPEL 2.0-based Web Service orchestration, on-the-fly
conversion of HL7 version 2.3.1 delimited messages to their XML equivalents. We
will get a pretty good exposure to what OpenESB and Java CAPS 6/JBI components
look like, how they work and how they can be used to create real business
solutions. Above all, we will develop and test a solution that is more
sophisticated then the customary “Hello World” examples but not so complex as
to take too long to build and become too hard to comprehend by a novice user.

The particular business problem and the particular solution
came about because once upon a time there was intent to build a series of
related OpenESB projects – HL7 Processor, MDM Processor and IEP Processor -
that would:

  • receive HL7 v2.x delimited messages

  • convert HL7 v2.x messages to their equivalent XML format

  • split message stream into ADT A01s, ADT A03s and other

  • convert A01s to an abbreviated Custom Patient XML format

  • convert A03s to an abbreviated Custom Discharge format

  • send Custom Patients to a JMS Queue for processing by a MDM solution

  • send Custom Discharges to a JMS Queue for processing by an IEM solution

  • have the MDM process Custom Patients into a Master Patient Index

  • have the IEP process Custom Discharges to flag excessive length of stay

The MDM Processor and the IEP Processor made it to the Sun CEC
2008 as demonstrations, with associated Tutorials by Tom Barrett, and
demonstration recordings by me. The HL7 Processor did not make it. With the
appearance of Java CAPS 6 Update 1 more JBI components made it into the
officially supported Sun product. While the HL7 BC and the HL7 Encoder did not
make it into this Update they will, eventually. Both components are already
available from the OpenESB site and can be installed into the Java CAPS 6
Update 1 installation as unsupported components. This is what we will do for
this Note.

The article with the complete note and referenced links is available at

For these interested in processing HL7 using GlassFish ESB v2.1 there is a blog entry, "GlassFish ESB v2.1, MySQL v5.1 - Make HL7 v2.3.1 Delimited Messages from Custom Delimited Records with HL7 Encoder and HL7 BC", at , which discusses, amongst other things, how to create a custom HL7 v2 ADT A04 XSD and a "match any" XSD.


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