HL7 can be said as the standard that has been set for data interchange in Healthcare systems. Mirth is an open source cross platform HL7 interface engine that enables bidirectional message sending. It eases the process of generating and sending messages over multiple transports. Mirth is distributed under the MPL 1 license. At Deerwalk we have had to communicate with many HL7 systems and have found Mirth to be a good framework for interfacing with HL7. We have noticed that there is not a lot of documentation on getting a Mirth solution up and running so we have built a quick start guide to using Mirth.
Articles by Nishant Karki
HL7 is an ad hoc standard open to all those that develop healthcare data processing systems. It tries to address the problems caused by different types of healthcare data available within and across healthcare institutions all around the world by standardizing data interchange between these institutions.
There are various tools out there that can be used to implement an HL7 interface engine, but the three tools that grabbed our attention the most were Mirth, Iguana and HAPI with Hibernate.