Oracle has introduced a new version of the SOA Suite to enable better integration of health information and ease messaging collaboration.
Oracle Healthcare has
launched the Service-Oriented Architecture Suite for Healthcare Integration to
simplify messaging and data collaboration by using a unified application
infrastructure and providing support for several data standards.
The application provides
simplified dashboards and advanced monitoring tools. Using the dashboards,
health care organizations can more easily track documents and messages from
In addition, the SOA Suite
adds compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA
5010 and maps to customizable HIPAA standards. HIPAA 5010 is a standard for
processing transactions in the health care industry.
Oracle launched the SOA
Suite for Healthcare Integration Oct. 25.
The application is a
component of the health care extension for SOA Suite
, which enables organizations to design, assemble, deploy and manage
SOA Suite's management
console and monitoring environment will bring a faster time to market for
health care products, Oracle reports. In addition, the application is built on
Fusion Middleware 11g, a platform launched in 2009 that allows enterprises to
develop and run business applications.
The suite will now enable
collaboration across various health care platforms, according to Oracle.
"Oracle SOA Suite for
Health Care Integration enables advanced capabilities, which allows health care
organizations to simplify and jump-start their integration initiatives with a
highly flexible platform for collaboration across all health care
domains," Marc Perlman, global vice president of health care and life
sciences at Oracle Healthcare, said in a statement.
"With the launch of
Oracle SOA Suite for Health Care Integration, Oracle has merged specialized
health care integration capabilities into a unified enterprise application
infrastructure platform," Michael Weingartner, vice president of product
development at Oracle, said in a statement.
The SOA Suite now provides
messaging collaboration within health systems across various messaging
standards such as Health Level Seven International (HL7) and X12N. HL7 is a
standard for interoperability of health care information, and X12N is an
insurance standard governed by the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC X12).
The suite also adds support
for the data exchange standards TCP/IP, Minimal Lower Level Protocol (MLLP)-the
protocol for transferring HL7 messages over TCP/IP-and Applicability Statement
2 (AS2), which provides guidelines on how to transfer data over the Internet.
With health care standards
now embedded in the Oracle SOA Suite, health care organizations can become more
efficient by lowering operating costs and reducing time to market, Weingartner
Health care companies will
need to integrate data to meet industry goals on electronic
(EHR) and personalized medicine, according to Perlman.
"[Data integration] has
remained, however, one of the industry's greatest challenges due to the
disparate systems and numerous types and forms of data present in the health
care enterprise-from physician notes and lab data to medical images and genetic
data." he explained.
Additional features in the SOA
Suite include drag-and-drop for building metadata-driven applications and
end-to-end visibility for enterprise-wide projects.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 17,
Oracle launched a cloud application for health care called OutcomeLogix
On Demand 3.0
to allow life science companies and research organizations to
collect data on therapy outcomes in the late stages of trials.