webMethods HL7 Module 7.1

Release Notes

webMethods HL7 Module Version 7.1 FCS

Software AG is pleased to introduce the first customer shipment release of webMethods HL7 Module 7.1. webMethods HL7 Module helps Software AG customers seamlessly exchange, integrate, share, and retrieve electronic health information. It complements the webMethods HIPAA Link Module and extends Software AG’s support for messaging standards in the healthcare industry.

webMethods HL7 Module 7.1 includes the following features:

Support for the Entire HL7 Message Version 2.x Standard

webMethods HL7 module supports the entire HL7 message version 2.x standard: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.3.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.5.1, and 2.6. You get the canonical documents for all messages out-of-the-box.
This enables you to quickly implement production solutions for all of the HL7 2.x messaging standards.

Minimal Lower Level Protocol (MLLP) and Other Standard Trading Networks Protocols

webMethods HL7 Module supports the MLLP transport protocol. You can listen on an MLLP port to receive HL7 messages and also send messages using the MLLP protocol. The HL7 messaging standard as such is not transport protocol dependent, and because HL7 Module is well integrated with Trading Networks, you can leverage all the transports available with Trading Networks, such as FTP, SMTP, and HTTP/S, to communicate with your trading partners.

Integration with Trading Networks

You can now recognize HL7 documents in Trading Networks, identify key attributes, and route them based on the content. Using HL7 Module with Trading Networks, you can also benefit from the auto-acknowledgment option and send accept acknowledgments to your partners.

Transformation of HL7 Messages into Integration Server Canonical Documents and Vice Versa

With out-of-the-box services, you can easily transform flat file or XML-based HL7 version 2.x messages into Integration Server canonical documents and vice versa. The graphical mapping tool that is part of webMethods Designer can further ease your development needs.

Extensible Code Set

Code tables and code table values that are shipped with the product can be extended and modified using Integration Server Administrator. If you need to add a large number of code table values, you use the Integration Server services to read from a file and upload the values to the repository. webMethods HL7 Module allows you to customize code sets specific to a trading partner. You can have code table values applicable only to a few trading partners.

Message Customization

The HL7 v2.x messaging standard is very liberal and enterprises have customized the message sets according to their needs. webMethods HL7 Module gives you the flexibility to customize the message structure and definition according to your business needs. HL7 messages are defined by the XML schemas provided by the HL7 organization and you can change the message definitions by modifying these simple schemas.

Unified Logging

webMethods HL7 Module uses the Integration Server’s logging mechanism to capture messages and write them to the Audit, Error, or Server logs. Information for the HL7 Module error codes is available in the webMethods HL7 Module Installation and User’s Guide.


For additional information about webMethods HL7 Module, see the webMethods HL7 Module Installation and User’s Guide on the Software AG documentation site.


This document applies to webMethods HL7 Module 7.1 and to all subsequent releases.

Specifications contained herein are subject to change and these changes will be reported in subsequent release notes or new editions.

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