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I'm wondering what the path is to learning healthshare & ensemble?   I've looked on the learning page and its minimally helpful.   I've found that as a long time mumps programmer that new jobs are requiring this.  I've just been using mumps to assist with epic emr.   Everything I'm seeing is either VistA or Healthshare.  Does someone know where do I go to learn these apps?  Seems like a catch 22.  You need to know these prior to getting a job but you can't get a job where you can learn them.    Frustrating.

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Timothy ---

Thanks for your question.  As an old MUMPSter and InterSystems HealthShare trainer, I'll see what I can do to help.

Ensemble and HealthShare Training

InterSystems offers training on Ensemble and HealthShare, both online and in classroom settings.  The online training is free.  The costs for the classroom training can be found on our web site.

The primary staffing requirement from those who are implementing HealthShare is work on HL7 integration.  To learn those skills, you need to understand Caché and Ensemble.  The best online approach to those topics can be found in  two learning paths: "Building Your First Application WIth Caché" and "Building Your First HL7 Production".

HealthShare online training is restricted to customers with HealthShare licenses, and others, at the discretion of InterSystems.  Once you've got the HL7 production skills,  I can help you inquire about access to those courses.

VistA Training

VistA is the VA healthcare system.  It includes both enabling technology, known as the Kernel, and application modules.  InterSystems does not train on VistA, but there are several organizations such as OSHERA and WorldVistA that do.

Best regards --- Kate Schell

Hi Kate,

Thanks for this information, very helpful.   

Actually kate - I've heard there is a healthshare certification upon completion of some classes?  do you have information on that?  So far I'm going through the online class and overall its very informative.

Timothy ---

Yes, we announced a new certification examination for HealthShare Health Connect HL7 Interface Specialist at the Global Summit earlier this month.  The exam is not something you take after taking a specific class.  It requires a defined body of knowledge, and approximately six months experience working in the discipline.

More information is available from

Regards --- Kate