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Measuring Your System Requirements for IGUANA

As I’ve mentioned before, I (and many others in our company) like to keep an eye on our support inquiries for interesting and/or commonly asked questions.

One such topic that comes up repeatedly (and understandably so) is System Requirements.

As you can imagine, system requirements questions come in many forms; from the very general to the highly specific.  Unfortunately, the answer is always:

Thinking Through Interface Error Handling

When it comes to errors and interfaces, there is a little more to think about than what first comes to mind.

The bad news is that error handling is specific to your application, the type of interface you are implementing and whatever technologies you’re using. If you are doing interfacing at scale, this is a topic you’ll find value in thinking through at some point.

The good news is that IGUANA gives you the control to determine exactly how errors will be handled. So don’t worry. Take a break, get a cup of coffee and quietly go through the exercise outlined here. It will pay itself back with a lot less drama in production.

Managing Key/Value Pairs with IGUANA

This week, I put together a new helper module to let you view and manage the key/value pairs stored with the store.lua module.  The code and instructions are at the bottom if you want to skip the rest of the article.


There’s no question about it: store.lua is absolutely my favourite module to use in IGUANA.

If you’re not familiar with store.lua, I suggest you have a look.  It provides you with the ability to have simple, persistent storage in/across your Translator instances.

The Value of Building Out a Standard Module

If you are a vendor that is planning on doing dozens of interfaces with Iguana with a team of people, it’s worth spending a little bit of time thinking it through.

First of all, it’s a good idea to have a standard module to wrap up your interface. This standard module should be the gold standard and not something that gets edited on a day-to-day basis by your team. You should use it as the foundation for all your interfaces that you implement.

Here some key ideas to consider when implementing this standard module that I think make sense:

The 9s & the IGUANA User Conference 2015

Some of you may already know that every fall we host our IGUANA User Conference at our office in Toronto (September 23 and 24th this year). For those of you who didn’t, here’s a retrospective on last year’s event.

I mailed invites out at the end of May (though I got a stack of mail back, so I’ll be reaching out to you for address updates) to a select group, but for those who didn’t get one, here’s the electronic version.

Health Information Exchange: Fact or Fantasy

I’ve been noticing more and more Health Information Exchange (HIE) “success” stories hitting my inbox lately. Headlines such as “HIE To See Participation Boost With New Providers” and “Data analytics helps Maine HIE take next steps” are becoming nearly as common as people bashing Meaningful Use. Well, maybe not that frequent.

Now, admittedly I’m a pretty skeptical guy. So, the question that comes to my mind is: Are these stories an actual indication that HIEs are “turning the corner” or are they merely a result of concentrated PR campaigns?

Selecting The Right Channel Components

I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a while now.  Not because I think it’s overly exciting, or because I have some amazing perspective to offer, but simply because it’s a topic that tends to throw off both new and existing users.

Selecting the right components and simply knowing what options are available to you, can often save time and ensure all your projects are set up for success.

Much of the same content can be found throughout our documentation, but I wanted to make sure it was all located in a simple, easy-to-find article for anyone who’s getting started.

Survey: Which EMR(s) do you integrate with?

From sales and marketing to development and support, user feedback is to critical to how we do our jobs. We value it greatly and to be honest don’t seek it out often enough.

So, from time to time, I would like to use our blog to gather information from our user base. I promise to keep these polls or surveys short and I’d really appreciate your participation. So, let’s get to it.

Note: In case you aren’t aware, we’ve dedicated a section on our forums for our users to leave feedback and suggestions: http://help.interfaceware.com/forums/forum/community/feedback-suggestions

Is moving IGUANA too easy to believe?

Whether you’re moving from test to production or retiring an old server, moving an IGUANA instance and all of it channels is really simple. In fact, it’s so simple, sometimes our customers don’t believe it.

Now, you don’t need to take my word for it. (Although, there’s no reason you shouldn’t, I’m pretty trustworthy.) Here’s a recent real-life scenario from our support channel:

  1. A customer (who I will refer to as Zeus) searched our Knowledge Base and found the instructions on moving IGUANA from one server to another.
  2. Zeus, then wrote into Support with the following inquiry:

How do you Demo Your Software?

Firstly, let me say that I promise in the coming weeks, I’ll get back to writing and highlight some specific tips and techniques with IGUANA.

But for today, I wanted to spend a little time talking about something that many of you have probably been asked to do: Give a demo of your software.

When it comes to demoing, I think it’s safe to say that, I’m a little obsessed.  Don’t believe me?  Have a look at this montage of some of the demo videos I’ve put together during my time here at iNTERFACEWARE: