Getting Sample HL7 Data

Using live test data

If you are working closely with a health care provider they will probably be able to supply HL7 test data.

Most hospitals will have what is called an interface engine. This is a piece of software which is responsible for accepting streams of HL7, queuing them and routing them to various hosts. There are a number of common interface engines deployed in the market. Names you will typically come across are:

  • Cloverleaf
  • STC Datagate (Seebeyond eGate)
  • Neon (now owned by Sybase)
  • Mitra PACS Broker

To get a stream of HL7 data you will need to work with the administrator of one of these engines and get them to send a stream of HL7 data to you.

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