CONNECT Release 3.2

CONNECT Release 3.2

CONNECT 3.2 was released on June 14, 2011. In developing CONNECT 3.2, the development team focused on building and improving features that make it possible for the software to scale to the needs of even the largest healthcare providers throughout the country.

Headlining the changes to 3.2 are two major features: support for multiple assigning authority and deferred patient discovery/deferred services.

  • Multiple Assigning Authority: Many healthcare organizations – both large and small – have multiple facilities. Some of these organizations may have a single assigning authority, meaning that the healthcare system centrally assigns patient identifications IDs). For most, however, each individual has the ability to assign patient IDs. Without having the ability to support multiple assigning authorities, a gateway treats the organization as one entity. This means that if a patient is treated at multiple sites within the same system, if they have been assigned different patient IDs at each location, the software cannot find and correlate the records. By now supporting multiple assigning authority, CONNECT makes it possible for each facility within an organization to be treated as its own entity and assigning authority, so patients records can be more effectively located.
  • Deferred Services (Deferred Patient Discovery, Deferred Query for Documents, Deferred Retrieve Documents): CONNECT 3.2 now fully supports deferred services, including patient discovery, query for documents and retrieve documents. Release 3.1 began to build this feature, and with the release of CONNECT 3.2, it is now fully functional out of the box. For end users, this feature dramatically improves scalability. In previous versions, services (e.g., a query for a patient’s records) happened serially, meaning that a single request would go out, the system would wait for a response, and only once the response was received would the next service execute. This might work for a small practice, but for large organizations, multiple queries need to happen in parallel. By building in deferred services, once a query is executed, the next query can be dispatched even before there is a response to the first. There is no longer a limit to the number of simultaneous queries, other than the limits imposed by the organization’s own physical resources (e.g., servers).

Additional updates to CONNECT 3.2 include:

  • Light Weight Policy Engine
  • Audit Logging Improvements
  • Performance Logging
  • Master Patient Index (MPI) Database Implementation
  • Deferred Queue Manager Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Improved Installation Instructions
  • Resolved JIRA Issues (for the full list of resolved issues, click here)

Click here for more details about the enhancements built into CONNECT 3.2.