The IBM Health Integration Framework
, part of the IBM Smarter Planet, is a set of integrated IBM middleware products with support for healthcare standards, such as HIPAA, EDI, HL7 and IHE integration profiles
, that can help reduce development time and lower costs.
The framework helps you build, extend and transform your existing infrastructures while allowing multiple systems to consume and re-use business services to provide Web-based collaboration across people, processes and information in the healthcare community. You can design flexible applications that can extend and integrate with other systems.
The Framework is SOA-based and centered around well-known IBM products like
WebSphere, WebSphere Message Broker, Portal, DB2, WebSphere Process
Server, as well as products like Initiate and analytics products like
IBM has launched a business partner program for those companies with IT solutions in the healthcare space that want to integrate their products with the IBM Health Integration Framework platform.
The first step for a company that wants to integrate with the IBM Health Integration Framework is to become an IBM business partner. This is as simple as going to this website and filling in information about your company and yourself.
There is no cost involved to become an IBM IBM business partner.
The next step is to select which IBM products to integrate with.
The IBM Health Integration Framework is divided into three segments: Healthcare provider, Health Plans and Life Sciences
spaces, and these segments in turn into different domains.
Let's take a look at the domains on the next chart.
The way you go about integrating and subsequently validating with the framework is by first selecting which segment your solution belongs to and then from there finding out in what domain within that segment your solution best fits.
This will give you a set of recommended IBM products and accompanying architectures.
A list of the major IBM products that belong to the framework can be found on this link.
Once you have completed your integration IBM staff will help validate your integration. Information about the validation process appears on this link
Validation tells your customers that your solution runs out of the box on the IBM Health Integration Framework, saving them and you time that would otherwise be spent testing and verifying your solution.
To contact the IBM Health Integration Team, click here