Introduction and Overview
HL7Spy is apowerful utility designed to streamline the workflow of
productivity enhancement tool for individuals workingwith
with HL7 2.x messages, enhancing productivity and efficiency
HL7Spy was developed for ateam
group of HL7 Analystsat a leading
working for a large provider of Radiology Information Systems (RIS)provider, HL7Spy was created to facilitate the integration of
. Their job was to integrate the company'sradiology workflow
Radiology Work-flow product with the hospital's ITinfrastructures. The complex nature of HL7 message analysis, combined with the numerous site-specific variations, formatting issues, and other challenges, makes the process of interconnecting two systems a daunting task.HL7Spy is designed to simplify this task for analysts and programmers by offering rapid interpretation and characterization of
If you are familiar with HL7 and have had the opportunity to analyze HL7 messages coming from different HL7 systems providers, this can be a very non-trivial task. Site-specific variations, fields formatted incorrectly, field lengths not adhered to, missing required fields, or fields put in the wrong location, misinterpretations of the standard, misuse of transaction types, and short-cuts taken by vendors, are the norm, not the exception.
As an analyst, faced with the variability of HL7 and the often incomplete, or inaccurate message definition provided by the customer, the job of interconnecting two systems is a daunting task indeed.
This is where HL7Spy comes in. HL7Spy has been designed to help HL7 analysts and programmers quickly interpret, and characterize very large HL7 message streams. Itcan swiftly process
quickly reads in thousands of messages, generating
and provides detailed statistics atvarious levels, such as
the message, field, component, and sub-component levels. Thisdata
information providesvaluable insights into
great insight into the nature of the message exchangedynamics, helping users understand the frequency and content of specific fields.In addition to its analysis capabilities, HL7Spy boasts a range of
and takes the guesswork out of know which fields are filled in when, and with what values.
HL7Spy also includes features for viewing, editing,searching
search, sorting, sending,
and receiving HL7messages. Users can also retrieve messages
, retrieving messages from databases,view
viewing messages in hexadecimal format, andaccess various other functions
a host of other features that make HL7Spy anindispensable
invaluable tool formaintaining
on-going maintenance and troubleshooting of HL7 interfaces.