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Taking FHIR

Let me start by stating the obvious:  I’ve had a bit of a rocky relationship when it comes to the creation of FHIR.
Having said that, it’s interesting to see how FHIR is evolving and to witness the continuing attention the standard is receiving.
My original perspective on the standard was probably a little skewed.  I have a deep belief in RESTful integration as the way of the future, and I’m also not really known as someone who has the patience for things like the process involved with drafting a standard.  It’s hard not to look it at from the perspective of technology entrepreneurship and see the risk of missing the market.  I like my solutions the same way I like my coffee — instant.  (Actually,I prefer a nice latte).

Top Support Questions of March 2015

This month’s topics include:

  1. Solving the “Time Travel” Issue.
  2. Multiple Instances of IGUANA on the Same Machine.
  3. Backing Up and Restoring IGUANA.
  4. Using Regex to Search the Logs.

Did you know that practically everyone here at iNTERFACEWARE monitors our support inquiries? Well, it’s true.

First and foremost, we want to ensure you get your question(s) answered to your satisfaction. As a result, it’s not uncommon for a developer, an account manager, or even our CEO to suddenly jump in on a support ticket to help.

But that’s not the only reason there’s so many eyes on your questions. Your questions are really an invaluable resource for us. They can be (and often are) the catalyst for product enhancements, additions to our documentation, and obviously blog posts like this one.

Understanding IGUANA’s Message Queue

Do you know how IGUANA’s message queue actually works?

When I was taking a look through our support inquiries to find the most asked support questions of March, I made an interesting discovery:

A number of our users don’t understand how IGUANA’s message queue works.

Some of you may have made assumptions about how it works while others may have never thought about it at all. So, for those of you who are interested, I’m going to hopefully clear up some of the misunderstanding.

A Secret Page Inside IGUANA

Everybody loves a good secret, right?

Secret societies, secret admirers, the 2006 best seller “The Secret“.

Oh, and secret bars.  Forget about the first three, secret bars are my new favourite.

If you’re not familiar with secret bars, have a look at this article:  http://coolmaterial.com/feature/americas-secret-bars/

Well, today I want to introduce you to IGUANA’s own little secret:  A hidden page.

Did you know that tucked inside every version of IGUANA, there’s a secret little page just waiting to be discovered?  It’s not an official page.  It’s not linked to from anywhere.  I can’t promise you that all the features on the page work as they should — but it’s there, and occasionally, it really saves the day.


Will You Share Your Code?

If you’ve visited our Help Center recently, you may have noticed a few changes.

We tend to always have a number of projects in the works to improve our digital offerings, and a few weeks ago a number of these projects wrapped up and made it into production.

With all the changes, I thought I’d take a little time to explain a few of the most important – and useful – new areas.

Interface Engine Migration Doesn’t
Have to Be So Painful

The following post highlights one of iNTERFACEWARE’s many partners.  We love to learn and share what others are doing with IGUANA, or in this case, how one organization – Caristix – is helping companies migrate away from legacy engines in a pain-free and timely manner.  Caristix was kind enough to present parts of their solution at our 2014 IGUANA User Conference and since then we’ve had a number of customers ask to learn more.  We also partnered with Caristix to support the development and release of the first ever interface converter: the Mirth Connect to IGUANA converter.  So, if you’re looking to migrate away from a legacy engine, I recommend you read below and consider speaking with our friends at Caristix.  At the end of the post I’ll also include some links  to our recommendations on setting up your newly migrated IGUANA server.   But for now, let’s get on with the post.

The problem is quite simple: healthcare providers and vendors need more than legacy engines can deliver. 

Whatever the specific motivating factor (meaningful use, population health management, analytics, new data sources, etc.), organizations who are looking to expand their interoperability are faced with major migration projects.

While there’s plenty of advice on selecting a new interface engine, there’s not enough on the actual migration process itself.

Logs that aren’t useless

At the 2014 IGUANA User Conference, a number of presentations highlighted interesting, and incredibly useful ways to take advantage of IGUANA’s logging capabilities. As such, I thought I’d combine those lessons into a single post to introduce newbies to IGUANA’s logs and provide some tangible starting points for those of you looking to do even more.

A Wizard That Auto-Generates Lua Code

tl;dr: (For those who don’t know: tl;dr is Internet slang for “too long, didn’t read“)

  • It’s easy to create web services in IGUANA that create new / restrict workflow
  • I made a web service to take in a few parameters and then auto-generate the Lua code required to monitor IGUANA’s vital stats and send immediate alerts or daily reports
  • You can check out the generator here: http://labs.interfaceware.com:6544/notify/
  • You can learn the why and how by reading on.

A look back at the 2014 IGUANA User Conference

Hi Everyone,

Art here again. I’m back with Round 2 of my series on the 2014 IGUANA User Conference. As promised, before I dive into the technical presentations, I wanted to give a glimpse of what it was like to be at the conference by posting some of the creative work that went into the event.

Have a look at the video above for the “official” highlight reel and keep reading to see some great photos, our CEO as a superhero and even a pig wearing an IGUANA hat. Enjoy!

NOTE:  The 2015 IGUANA User Conference will take place September 23-24.  SAVE THE DATE!


We are iNTERFACEWARE / User Conference Round-up

Hi Everyone,

Art here from iNTERFACEWARE.

With the new year upon us, I thought I’d dive back into blogging (and coding) to give you a first-hand look at the things we’re working on with a strong emphasis on the amazing and fun things you can do with IGUANA.

I thought I’d start by focusing on one of our highlights of 2014; the IGUANA User Conference. We had an amazing turn out, but more importantly, we packed a ton of useful content into the two days. In fact, the content was so well received that I decided to take the time to walk you through the most interesting pieces as individual blog posts (with maybe even a video or two) rather than just dumping the slides and code on a page for you to discover.