Jonathan Harris · Jul 7

Delete first part of HL7 field up to first "(" character

I am doing a HL7 data transformation with object script but need to only write a substring from the first "(" of the NTE-3 field to the end.


Input: NTE|1|||Some text (HI) (321)|ABC

Desired Output: NTE|1|||(HI) (321)|ABC

Basically I'd like to delete "Some text  ".

If I were writing a shell script I would use sed 's/^.*(/(/' with perhaps a modification to get only the first.

I use the function wizard but can't seem to get the right code.

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$EXTRACT(string,index1,index2) creates a substring out of the initial string from index1 to index2. $FIND finds the first occurrence of ( in the string, so that -1 includes the ( itself. When you're using extract, * is shorthand of the last character of the string.

This version does not recognize EXTRACT or FIND.

Is it possible to do a SubString from an index to the end

It seems like they have no function for this.

..ReplaceStr(input,start to "(","(") where I replace everything up to the first parens with just a parens.

This would be so simple, I thought.

If you're on IRIS, it definitely has those functions. Did you put just the $ in front of them?

What version are you running where $EXTRACT is not available? Not sure I’ve heard of such a situation.  

edit: noted you referenced ..ReplaceStr which is an Interoperability function. There are semi-equivalents of $EXTRACT and $FIND in there as well - $EXTRACT is ..SubString. But note if you use the solution I or David presented, don’t use .. in front of $EXTRACT, $FIND or $PIECE as these aren't interoperability functions but pure ObjectScript functions. 

my suggestion, that I know works as we do something similar, is as follows:


Have to re-add the opening paren since we’re using that as our splitter, but some find it easier than chaining multiple functions together. David’s solution is certainly valid too.

I put the $ in and the code worked. I wound up using this, $EXTRACT(input,$FIND(input,"(")-1,*).

I liked Craig's suggestion which is a single object script function


Not sure how to accept a reply, but the $EXTRACT(input,$FIND(input,"(")-1,*) did the trick once I worked out the details of syntax. Thanks again. Now I dive in further over my head to the next "we never did this before" project.

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