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Hello group. Just got back from McKesson’s Level 1 interface training and have some questions that I hope you can answer. I am the interface engineer for a hospital in Illinois and have been working with the eGate product for almost 9 years. All of our interface development has been done with eGate. We decided this last year to purchase Cloverleaf for a couple of reasons: 1) This is what McKesson uses and it aids troubleshooting and implementation of new interfaces with McKesson products and 2) SUN will eventually EOL eGate 4.5.3 and we will have to migrate anyway.
Now for the questions:
1. We purchased two HP rp4440 servers with HBA’s. Our intentions (based on sales advice) was to SAN attach the servers and install Cloverleaf. We wanted some way to save the messages on the SAN in a data repository. Currently we are only able to go back 14 days on most systems to view or resend HL7 messages. We wanted the capability to save a few months worth. We used the SMAT tool in class but it appears that we will need to load Cloverleaf on a filesystem that is mounted on the SAN space in order to have enough space available to save a few months worth of messages. Do I understand this to be correct?
2. Is there a better way to search messages? SMAT doesn’t offer this (or does it) and I would like to break down the location to save messages into folders that are associated with the thread name. Beyond this, I would like to save the messages based on the month and day, with each message named with the timestamp that it was sent. Is it possible to do this with the product now or will we need to setup an external database to house messages.
3. Building messages. With eGate, I have the ability to build a HL7 message from scratch (not a variant). Then, based on this structure, I can ID/Route (say, just ADT/MFN/ORU) the message and call any translations to run against this structure. I asked this question in class and was told that perhaps this would be better handled in a Tcl script as I could define the message structure in there. Is this correct?
4. Disaster Recovery. Do most facilities run their system in a cold standby setup? Is anyone using HP’s Serviceguard to run Cloverleaf?
I appreciate your responses.
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