Posts Tagged ‘SOA’

Service Oriented Architecture in Health Care

August 29, 2008

In a new online journal, I have an article on SOA in health care. The Healthcare Bulletin focuses on brief articles which are helpful updates on trends in Healthcare IT. The journal includes sections on cardiology, oncology and other healthcare topics.

My article gives an overview of why SOA is relevant in health care and gives some well-know examples. I’ll be interested in your comments. Perhaps in the future this new journal will allow comments on posted articles.

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Podcast of Presentation at HIMSS 2008 on SOA

May 8, 2008

HIMSS just posted podcasts from the conference in Orlando. Scroll down and you will see mine:

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Web 2.0 and SOA

May 7, 2008

Is Service Oriented Architecture a subset of Web 2.0 or are they similar technologies with some overlap. According to and article in eWeek which reports on a presentation by Ben Flock, a Microsoft Healthcare & Life Sciences, at a recent Microsoft conference, ” Flock said Web 2.0 encompassed three basic categories: rich Internet applications developed with technologies like AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), Silverlight and Flash; SOA (service-oriented architectures) such as Web services, RSS feeds and mashups; and the social Web, built of wikis, blogs, podcasts and social networking sites.”

I view Web 2.0 and SOA as overlapping technologies.

Also in reporting on the presentation, Flock said, “Web 2.0 has made it much easier for consumers to find trusted sources of information quickly and to use that information to better their health and the care they receive.” This is a basic premise of Health 2.0, particularly of vertical search engines.

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Presentation Description for HIMSS ’08 on SOA is Posted

November 5, 2007

A description of my presentation with Joe Turk for the HIMSS  2008 conference has been posted on the conference website.  The title is  “Service Oriented Architecture — Data Reuse and Integration in Healthcare” and will be on Tuesday, February 26th in Orlando. More on this topic in the near future.

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SOA in Healthcare

August 7, 2007

IBM and the University of Florida are teaming up to create a wireless Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to enable mobile devices to deliver health data. “This technology will enable automatically recognized devices to send the information they register to authorized third parties, such as specialized healthcare providers.”

The more detailed article in PC World states “It will be up to device manufacturers to ensure that their products
are tamper-proof to avoid the possibility of false readings.” Certainly some strong service level agreements needed here.

“As a way to start building momentum behind the technology, IBM has contributed components of the project to the Open Health care Framework of the open-source development tools Eclipse Foundation community.”

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Disruptive Technologies 2007

January 3, 2007

In an article from Information week titled, 5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007, the authors pick Web Services as one of those technologies. Broadly defined, the author site Software as a Service (SaaS) as well as Web 2.0 technologies as fitting this category and “a solid application platform.” Everything from enterprise email hosting to AJAX applications to expense and travel applications are now available as web services for the enterprise. How fast will organizations, particularly those in health care, move essential functions to web services rather than hosting multiple operating systems in house. It comes down to a question of what the business of healthcare is (patient care) and how essential it is to have internal services.  Web Services can be internally hosted as well and part of a broader Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Quotes from the article: “The good news is that we finally we have a software architecture and business model that can meet our growing need for agility” and “Web makeovers, go slowly on deploying these technologies, start with some basic skills on CSS or RSS before moving any deeper, understand what expertise you have in-house versus what you need to purchase, and examine whether your existing portfolio of Web applications needs to be updated with more modern and dynamic content tools.”

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