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This article will describe and include an example of how to embed an external PDF file into an HL7 segment, specifically ADT_A01:2.3.1 OBX().  This can be useful when attempting to insert pictures or other external data into an HL7 message.  In this example, the name of the PDF file to be embedded is provided in the incoming HL7 message in OBX(1):ObservationValue field.

Last comment 23 August 2017
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I am trying to come up with a way to decode the Base64 we receive in an HL7 message into a PDF file and save it in a directory on our AIX machine. I thought I had the following working at one time but I am having issues. Has anyone done this before?

Last answer 19 November 2016 Last comment 25 January 2018
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Two fairly common requests we receive from HL7 customers are (1) how to remove all trailing delimiters for fields and segments in HL7 messages and (2) how to "find and replace" for an entire HL7 message (as opposed to one segment/field at a time).  The code sample below shows a custom function that solves for item 1 and by extension item 2 above.  In other words the same approach can be used for finding/replacing any sequence of chars in an entire HL7 message, with some tweaks to the custom function.

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Hi,

Can anyone  point me to an example of a DTL & Class method that can pull a base64 encoded PDF out of a MDMT02 message?

This is really asking for two things;

- how to make a DTL that extracts a specific subfield of an HL7 2.3 message into a message of its own,

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- how to transform an base64 encoded document into its original binary form for writing to a file.

I'd also love to see an example of an HL7 2.n MDM^T02 ==> HL73.ITK2 non-coded CDA

 

Last answer 20 April 2017 Last comment 20 April 2017
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Hello,

Are there any utilities/api in HealthConnect 2016.2.1 that will allow conversion of XML virtual document to Json format? We were thinking to convert HL7 ADT message to XML via Ensemble DTL and then send it to another BP to convert to Json format for transmission via Web Services. To my understanding there isn't anyway to represent Json as a virtual object so it can be use for direct mapping of HL7 2.x message to Json via Ensemble DTL.

Thanks

Yuriy

Last answer 20 July 2017 Last comment 15 May 2017
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For testing purposes, I would like to create an EnsLib.HL7.Message from either a %String or a file on disk and pass it into a function in a unit test (outside of an Ensemble context). EnsLib.HL7.Parser appears to do the necessary parsing, but it also sends the message via Ensemble service rather than returning it as a value. Is there a way to leverage the parsing outside of a Ensemble service? Alternatively, is there another way to create an EnsLib.HL7.Message?

Last answer 15 December 2016
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This is a sample Ensemble/Health Connect production which demonstrates how to receive an HL7 order (ORM) inbound from a file, extract fields (in this case, basic demographic information), and insert those into a table in an external SQL database via ODBC.  

Included in the zip file:

  • Exported code
  • Sample ORM message
  • 'How to configure' doc 
Last comment 19 April 2018
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Hello Greetings-

I am exploring on converting HL7 to FHIR.

1. I saw there are built in DTLs “FHIR.FromSDA” and “FHIR.ToSDA” to convert SDA -> FHIR and FHIR -> SDA. Similarly Do Intersystems have DTLs for HL7 -> FHIR and FHIR -> HL7?

2. The reason why I am asking is, I see in HSLIB namespace HS->GateWay->HL7->HL7toSDA3 and HS->GateWay->SDA3->SDA3toHL7 DTLs. Like-wise I am trying to locate HL7 -> FHIR and FHIR -> HL7. Please help me to locate them

Last answer 22 March 2017 Last comment 14 August 2017
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So this may sound trivial, but I'm seeing conflicting information on this topic and hoping to get clarification.

 

According to Enslib.HL7.Message class definition, the maxlength of RawContent is 10,000 characters. So when using encoding like UTF-8, that is 10KB. When using Unicode, that should then be 20KB.

But then also coming across some forums and documents where 32KB is maximum size before HL7 fields are truncated.

 

What is the sure way to determine and modify an interface's maximum supported message size?

Last answer 8 November 2017 Last comment 9 November 2017
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EnsLib.HL7.Message.cls provides many API methods for manipulating an HL7 message.  RemoveSegmentAt(), for example, can be used to remove a segment by path or index, but only one segment at a time.   There may be times that you'll need to remove all segments within a group or even many groups of segments from the HL7 message.  Surely you can iterate through each segment in each group and remove them one by one, but there's a much easier way. 

 

With just one command, like below, you can remove all OBX segments in an ORU_R01 message (msg):

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DTL Transformations and GetValueAt/SetValueAt calls on HL7 messages will truncate any fields longer than 32K.  To avoid this, the methods GetFieldStreamRaw and StoreFieldStreamRaw must be used when dealing with fields that might be larger than 32K.  OBX:5 is a frequent example.  These methods have some subtleties and must be used carefully.

This can't be done by simply dragging from left to right in a DTL.  It must be done with a code action.  Also, the StoreFieldStreamRaw call must be the last edit made to the segment because the segment becomes immutable after that.

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I have a tool I absolutely love for HL7 v2 analysis and manipulation. It's called 7edit.  I'm wondering if there is anything similar for HL7v3/CDA/CCD.  I know it is considerably more complex, but I still have hope.

So far the best resource I've found is http://www.cdapro.com/.  I'd love to hear anyone else's tips for tools or resources.

Last answer 31 May 2016
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Framing refers to the characters that mark the start and end of an HL7 message (or other types of framed messages).  Most HL7 services and operations have a Framing setting that allows the user to define this framing.  The most common choices are available as defaults, but with the AsciiMM/NN setting, components can be configured to recognize any framing characters.

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I have come across several cases where I need to set a Date filter to send only send any admit/scheduled date past a certain point. We have a couple different date comparison functions but none looking at the true date. Most of them are date + 15 or etc. Does anyone have a good date function they have written to say if x > 20170102 ?

 

Thanks

Scott

Last answer 20 June 2017
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Hi all,

I'm trying to convert a HL7 section to a XML or JSON string.

We need to save the content of PID section into a SQL Column, therefore we need to convert it into a XML o JSON string

is there any easy way to convert it?

I've tried to convert it directly into a DTL, but all my attempts have been unsuccessful

Best regards,

Francisco Lopez

Last answer 22 December 2016 Last comment 20 December 2016
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Folks

1) What's the correct way to check for an existence of a segment?  So far I have been doing this by checking to see if a required field is non-null, and this seems to work but is a bit clumsy. In this case, it’s an X12 message being checked in an IF action in BPL:

              request.GetValueAt("NTE(1):Description")'=""

Or in a DTL, to see if a Z segment exists:

              source.{ZEF:Counter}=1

Last answer 25 April 2017 Last comment 26 April 2017
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Suppose I have an image and need to convert that image into a PDF for inclusion in an HL7.

I know that Zen Reports can display an image in a PDF but I do not want to view the image in a web page. I just need to convert the image to PDF in a Process and then include that PDF in an HL7. The  workflow would be like this:

Get image -> Convert image into PDF -> Include PDF in HL7 OBX.

I know how to do the last part to include PDF in HL7 OBX. Just need ideas on the first part.

 

Last answer 8 May 2017 Last comment 8 May 2017
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Hi ,

     I'm using standard business service not(Customized business service). I'm not able to process the Hl7 data file which contains CRLF characters.It shows warning "Discarding  Received non HL7 data". Actually it discards some segment after CRLF character. Is there any settings to overcome this problem?

 

Also i tried UTF-8, Ascii,Unicode.. characterset . But it won't work. Please help me .

 

Urgent!!!

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I'm trying to get a count of specific message type with a specific entry and thought I could build the query in Message Viewer but  this does not provide counts (as far as I am aware). So when I take the SQL from 'Show Query' it omits the segment criteria as the code shows below. 

 I have attached the criteria that has been excluded. Is this possible?

Thank you

Last answer 7 March 2018
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Ensemble 2015.  Working on an a way to send NACK'd HL7 messages to a flat file for external review/troubleshooting. (Similar to the way BadMessageHandler deals with validation errors.)

I think I have the Alert piece down, but need assistance with the exact syntax to do an SQL query in the DTL (or a custom function) to pull the HL7 message Raw Content into the Alert, based on the SessionID.

(Also, anything special to write alerts to the File Operation?)

 

Thanks,  Brian

 

Last answer 12 July 2017 Last comment 12 September 2016
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Dear All,

I'm to create a HL7 business operation that uses the Enslib.Email.OutboundAdapter  to create and use AttachStream() to create a file attachment of the HL7 contents, using the RawContent property of a Enslib.HL7.Message.

The class compiles okay, however   when I send a message to the class I get the following error:

Last answer 15 October 2017 Last comment 17 October 2017
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What is the recommended approach to handle the following scenario: Large number of HL7 messages are serviced via Ensemble. Those messages are then transformed and routed to an Operation which calls a web service which does a number of different activities. If will do address normalization, location geo coding, MPI lookup and resolution, and insert into a SQL Server database to stage for an analytics product. Unfortunately all of this work takes time and the first thing that happens in the web service is a lock taken out on the Patien in SQL Server.

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