Inner Harbour Software is please to announce HL7Spy 3.0, its latest release of its flagship product. HL7Spy 3.0 comes with a completely new user interface that makes HL7Spy more efficient and easier to use. HL7Spy 3.0 also comes packed with new features, enhancements, and performance improvements. A sampling of these can be found below.
New User Interface
The new user interface provides for a much richer user experience. The new Ribbon Bar makes navigating HL7Spy’s functionality faster and easier. The tool buttons are larger and include text identifies the functionality being provided. Context sensitive help appears when hovering over a button. These new UI will make using HL7Spy more efficient for both beginners and existing HL7Spy pros alike.
Additional User Interface Enhancements
Ribbon Bar can be shown/hidden with Cntr-F1 allowing the user to maximize message display area
HL7Spy skin, back shadowing, and Aero Glass can be changed allowing the user to optimize the look and feel of the UI
Short-cuts can be added to the application title bar for quick access to frequently used tools
The Ribbon tabs, menus, and buttons can be access via the keyboard using the Alt key followed by the short-code displayed after the Alt key is pressed.
NEW HL7 Timeline Tool
The new HL7 Timeline Tool provides an over-view of the message volume over time for the currently displayed tab. This tool is useful when you are navigating a very large message stream and you want to see the messaging rate over time, or you want to quickly navigate to a particular date/time. In the example below, the message stream contains 100,000 messages. Note the spike in message throughput just before midnight every day.
HL7 Timeline Tool Features
Can handle hundreds of thousands of messages
Clicking on the timeline navigates the editor to that date/time
Zoom In/Out using Shift-Click operations with the mouse
Right-Click to export graph to png image file
Right-Click to export raw data to Excel
New HL7 Transform Tool
The new HL7 Transform Tool allows users to make bulk modifications to messages within the current tab. While message transformation functionality has been available in HL7Spy since version 1.x, it has required users to write c# code snippets in the Custom Code tool. Now non-programmers can make bulk transformations to HL7 messages without having to write code.
HL7 Transform Tool Features
Set fields to constant values. Eg, MSH-4=’FIXEDVALUE’ – sets MSH-4 to FIXEDVALUE
Copy fields from one part of the message to another. Eg, MSH-5=MSH-4 – sets MSH-5 to the value in MSH-4
Use a table to map one field to another. Eg PV1-2 = Table(PV1-2,’ER’ -> ‘E’, ‘OP’ -> ‘O’, ‘IP’ -> ‘I’) – maps ER to E, OP to O, and IP to I
Use conditions to control when a transformation is triggered. Eg, MSH-4=MSH-4+’-INPATIENT’ when PV1-2=’I’ – appends ‘-INPATIENT’ to MSH-4 if PV1-2 is set to ‘I’
Test button runs the transform on the message currently displayed in the editor to test the results of the transform
New Other HL7Spy 3.0 Features/Improvements
Cloverleaf Smatdb files can now be opened with HL7Spy
Improved Bulk Message Compare tool
Improved Custom Code Selection UI
Improved Database Connection Selection and Configuration UI
Improved HL7 Send Destination Selection and Configuration UI
Support for decoding and opening large escaped HL7 fields including Base64 encoded data
Better, faster displays for displaying large amounts of data in Sql Loader, HL7 SQL, and Statistics tools
Better Exporting tools
Improved HL7 Receive Tool with support for receiving batch transfers
Improved HL7 Send Tool with support for sending HL7 batch messages
Improved Split Messages in Tab Tool with support for creating HL7 Batch messages
Improvement – HL7 SQL – Expand repeated fields when “*” is specified for the repeat – Requested by Albert E.
Improvement – Sql Loader – Improved DB connection dialog. Better cancel support. – Requested by Albert E.
Improvement – Add new Find Duplicates functionality. Finds messages in a tab that have duplicated MSH-10 (message Control ID). This new function can be found under the “Tools/Find Duplicate Messages” menu item.
Improvement – Add new Remove Duplicates functionality. Remove messages in a tab that have duplicated MSH-10 (message Control ID). This new function can be found in the toolbar and under the “Tools/Remove Duplicate Messages” menu item – Requested by Lonny K.
Improvement – Add new Set HL7 Field Value Function (see Set HL7 Field Value for details). This new feature can be found in the toolbar, and under the “Tools/Set HL7 Field Value…” menu option – Requested by Joseph Z.
Bug Fix – Issue where very large subcomponents are not shown in the Segment Editor – Reported by Paul C
Bug Fix – Ack message received should not contain the framing characters
Bug Fix – Statistics at the *** message level are not always accurate. Reported by Adam F.
Bug Fix – Fix issue where progress bar not show during generation of Compare Report.
Improvement – FTP Explorer – Add a folder search feature – Requested by Holly B.
Improvement – Message Tab – Add support for editing tab names – Requested by Justin N.
Improvement – Remove annoying ding when enter key is pressed
Improvement – Core – Change HL7Parser such that it if receives a second MSH, that it will create a parser error and stop parsing
Improvement – Custom Code – Add ClearFields and KeepFields function
Improvement – MLLP Maximum Message Size not being honored – Reported by Paul C.
Improvement – Changes to the HL7 MLLP feature to do 2 things when the configured Maximum Message Size has been exceeded: 1) Stop the MLLP listener and display an error 2) Append an ERR segment to the truncated message
Improvement – HL7 MLLP – Display a link that when clicked opens the debug log location
Improvement – HL7 MLLP – Add a button to clear the debug logging output
Bug Fix – Search Dialog – Cannot edit the HL7Path. Reported by Jon S.
Bug Fix – HL7 Spy Version 2.x: Pasting Messages Problem
Bug Fix – Fix up resizing of the Message Properties Window
Bug Fix – Fix up Fonts in Message Properties Window and Hex Editor
Bug Fix – Clean up HexBox. Display was ugly because of how the characters were being aligned.
Bug Fix – Not properly identifying 4 character Z segments
Bug Fix – Version 2.x Issue – Highlighting of Fields and Pop-Up Field Counters not working properly. Thijs
Bug Fix – Wix installer should require only .NET 3.5 to run
Bug Fix – Compare tool not fully initialized when called from HL7 Sql, or other tool
Bug Fix – Custom Code Make sure the buttons are always re-enabled when switching between functions
Bug Fix – Cosmetic: Better alignment of FTP Explorer login settings
Bug Fix – Save FTP settings when a folder is created, or moved
Bug Fix – FTP Explorer – Modify Password Dialog so the login error is displayed
Bug Fix – MLLP Maximum Message Size not being honored – Reported by Paul C.
Improvement – New and improved Field/Component/Sub Component Statistics Feature.
Very fast navigation of messages with matching fields.
Ability to select multiple items in the Statistics Grid, and navigate to matching messages. For example, below selecting ‘O’ and ‘OP’ in the Statistics Grid and then clicking the Next/Previous Arrow buttons navigates to messages in the tab that have either a PV1-2 field equal to ‘O’ or ‘P’.
Ability to select multiple items in the Statistics Grid and have messages meeting the criteria placed into separate tabs. For example, clicking the “All” button in the case below would create 2 tabs: one with messages where PV1-2 = ‘O’ and the other where PV1-2 = ‘OP’. Holding the Control Key down and clicking the “All” button will place messages with either PV1-2=’O’, or PV1-2=’OP’ into a single tab. – Requested by Cleveland Clinic
Improvement – Added option to increase log verbosity.
Bug Fix – Don’t launch HL7Spy from installer when in silent mode
Bug Fix – Fix case sensitivity issue with most recently used file list
Bug Fix – Progress bar not showing when downloading files in file explorer if the system has been running for a long time. Environment.TickCount returns a negative value.
Bug Fix: HL7DocumentationProviderFactory.GetOrCreateProvider Illegal characters in path exception.
Bug Fix: Field Statistics Performance issue introduced in v2.1.167
Bug Fix – HL7 Editor – issue where no tool tips are provided for pasted in messages
New Feature – Mask Protected Health Information (PHI)
, or Control-M – Turn on/off whether or not the fields specified in “Options/Mask PHI Fields Settings…” are used to hide fields within the HL7 Editor.
“Fields to Mask” – Identify specific fields that will be masked in the HL7 message. “Fields to NOT Mask” – All fields in the HL7 segment that are not identified here will be masked “Fields to Mask” – Fields identified here will have PHI found in the “Fields to Mask” and “Fields to NOT Mask” sections masked. “Mask Character” – Specify the character that will be used to “mask” the PHI.