BizTalk supports HL7 as standard feature. Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital was able to use this feature to get great benefits. :)
Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital is a major healthcare provider in southern Japan. To efficiently provide high-quality services while cooperating with other regional healthcare providers, the hospital uses IT to manage data and optimize operations. When it was time to upgrade to a fully integrated IT infrastructure, Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital chose to implement the Microsoft® Connected Health Framework, driven by Microsoft BizTalk® Server 2006 R2. With the new infrastructure, the hospital’s IT staff are able to better integrate clinical and administrative data from across the organization, while keeping acquisition and maintenance costs reasonable. As it moves into 2009, the hospital is using its new IT environment to strengthen business intelligence, encourage detailed information sharing, and adapt to industry standards.
“The system based on BizTalk Server has the highest cost effectiveness of any system we considered. In fact, there are cases where the estimated implementation costs have been reduced by 20 percent … Adapting to HL7 standards is the right strategy for us, (and) with BizTalk Server, we can perform the data integration easily.” – Ryonosuke Matsushita, Manager of Healthcare Information Systems Office, Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital
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