Touchstone Pricing Updates

Since our May 2023 Touchstone Release 6.0.0, the AEGIS Health IT team has been preparing the Touchstone community for our updated 2024 subscription pricing model. Touchstone 6.0.0 marks the transition from the introductory pricing accompanying our original R&D effort to a pricing model reflecting a production-hardened, full-featured enterprise-class product offering. This is our first Touchstone price […]

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Validate Full UDAP Workflow at the January 2024 HL7 FHIR Connectathon

At this month’s virtual HL7® FHIR® Connectathon, you can validate the full end-to-end HL7 UDAP workflow, including automated checking of requests and responses and the contents of the JWTs within. HL7 UDAP (https://build.fhir.org/ig/HL7/fhir-udap-security-ig/index.html) is an OAuth-2-based authorization mechanism that is on the draft roadmaps of the national HIEs and TEFCA. Here’s a quick demo: https://youtu.be/pCCnV66sItA […]

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FHIR Starter #2

This is the second installment of our “FHIR Starter” series, which we are writing to help teams filter out the noise and excitement of the burgeoning FHIR community so they can focus on the signal–how to be successful with real-world FHIR implementations. If you missed our first installment, check that out here. In this installment, […]

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FHIR Starter #1

As the HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) community grows, an increasing volume of FHIR information and a ballooning community of self-appointed FHIR experts are bursting onto the scene. This is a welcome sign of the emergence of a robust FHIR ecosystem, and we celebrate that. Health IT is hard; as a technical domain, its […]

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HL7® FHIR® and Touchstone Virtual Training October 11-12, 2023

Join us once again October 11-12, 2023 for two days of hands-on HL7® FHIR® and AEGIS Touchstone training with our expert team of FHIR developers. AEGIS has trained hundreds of developers to build with HL7 FHIR using Touchstone, our cloud-based platform that supports FHIR conformance as you build. Whether you are new to HL7 FHIR or looking […]

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FHIR Implementation Quality: Preventing the Great Escape

“Escaped Defects” are defects that are discovered in production. Wow. Let that sink in for a moment. This is healthcare we’re talking about; people’s lives are on the line. Although the certainty of catastrophe is not the same as with a faulty space shuttle O-ring, the potential for patient tragedy is the payload of each […]

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FHIR IGs: The “G” is for GUIDE. So let’s do that!

Are we really publishing guides for implementation? If we want to buy a newly built house, we have a few options. The most common is choosing a standard floor plan from a community of houses being built by a mass-production builder. “Mass-production” means “build a few configurations (plans) many times to make each build most […]

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When HTTP 200 is NOT OK

Are you under the impression that receiving an HTTP 200 (“OK”) response means your FHIR implementation is conformant to the FHIR specifications or implementation guide(s)? If so, we are sorry to disappoint you. In our work to help implementers accelerate their FHIR implementations, we see many tests that are looking for that “HTTP 200” response […]

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What the “Heck-a-thon”

Connectathons are at risk of devolving into check-the-box participation and demonstration events. Let’s fix that. Not that long ago, health IT implementers attended annual (IHE) Connectathon events to test and polish their nearly-ready-for-production (most advanced) implementations. This was (and they still are) a big deal, with significant costs to register, prepare and attend. IHE Connectathon […]

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