As we all know, HITECH & Meaningful Use has forever changed the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) industry. No matter what your opinion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, you cannot deny these laws and regulations are the reason for the explosion of HIT jobs. In particular, the EDI (electronic data interchange) sector of the HIT marketplace.
Back in 2009, I was a Web Developer for an Ivy League University in New England. At that time, like most HIT professionals, I was paying close attention to President Obama and his commitment to digitize medical records via ARRA. He made it clear his goal was to create jobs to help stimulate the economy. So, I knew these political maneuvers would have a major impact on HIT. As a result, I was ready to personally benefit from these changes.
Due to ARRA, in 2010 I moved back into HIT and began my career with HL7 interoperability in 2011.
It was a small leap from Software Developer to HL7 Engineer; however, I quickly noticed that there were no affordable, easy to understand resources to quickly learn HL7 and interface engines. Luckily, I had a supportive manager and team to help me with HL7 introduction. I must admit that I yearned for an HL7 for Dummies book. To my surprise, I looked around and found nothing. At the time, all I had at my finger tips were my kind teammates at work. Back then, even the HL7.org specifications were not free like they are today. In order to obtain a copy, you or your employer had to be a paid member of HL7.org – which frankly cost a few thousand dollars.
Today, I am an HIT professional who has financially benefited from learning HL7. Now I really would love to give back to the industry with an affordable book that focuses on HIT data exchange via HL7 interface engines.
The two objectives of this book are to introduce you to:
1. HL7 messages
2. Interface Engines
I hope this book is helpful and valuable to you. When you are done reading this book, please feel free to send me a note with your comments at info@HL7StarterKit.com. Let me know if I missed anything, if you have any suggestions on how we can make improvements, or just want to introduce yourself and tell me your story.
I would love to hear from you!