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Ringholm offers services related to the integration of applications, independent of specific vendors, tools or standards.

These services are mostly provided to the healthcare vertical, i.e. our services are tailored to meet the known demands of application vendors, healthcare providers (e.g. hospitals, GPs, laboratories, healthcare provider networks) and other parties (e.g. insurance companies, government entities, universities, standardization organisations). We provide the industry's most advanced training, mentoring and advice in integration standards and integration technologies.

Project Management

The cost to your organization of having access to detailed knowledge related to integration will be far lower if Ringholm resources are used than by using your own staff. Detailed knowledge of systems integration and integration related standards is not a core business of most organisations. By using Ringholm consultants, the necessary expertise in the area of systems integration can be acquired in a convenient manner, avoiding risks related to capacity (i.e. having the required number of experts at hand if operating in a fluctuating market), illness, or disputes with trade unions.

Given that integration forms the core competence of the Ringholm consultants the duration of projects will be lower, leading to an earlier completion of the product or project. Experience has shown that the provision of integration related consultancy greatly improves both the ease as well as the quality of systems integration.

Services related to the provision of project management can be divided into three categories:

Services provided to those organisations responsible for the development of applications.
  • Joint Interface Development
    The joint specification of the messaging interface requirements and/or the joint development of messaging interface modules. These services are mostly performed if the development team wants to outsource the messaging specific parts of the application interface.
  • Localization of Interfaces
    The adaptation of the messaging interface of an existing application to the requirements of the German (Dutch, Swiss, U.S., etc.) market.
Services related to messaging standards.
  • Standards Research
    The analysis of what message standard is to be used given the interfacing requirements of an application and the areas in which it is used; the analysis of how a particular message standard can be used to transport a specific set of data; the creation of new or extended messages in case the applicable standard allows for extensions (e.g. HL7 v2.x Z-segments, HL7 V3 messages)
  • Standards Mapping Analysis
    The creation of specifications related to the mapping of one message standard to another, for later implementation by means of a message broker or interfacing software.
 

Lower Costs

By using our resources you'll be able to achieve a significant reduction in cost related to having access to the knowledge required for integration issues. Having knowledge of integration generally doesn't belong to your core-activities.

Improved Quality

Experience has shown that the provision of integration related consultany greatly improves both the ease as well as the quality of systems integration. This reduces the support costs related to systems integration.

Application Vendors

An application vendor that wants to create an interface module mostly doesn't have the resources to get to know the applicable integration standard (typically HL7) to a sufficient degree. The vendor's systems integration resources (if any) are fully occupied by maintaining the existing interfaces.

The documentation of standards such as HL7 is rather voluminous, this may lead to misinterpretations by those that don't have a lot of prior experience with the standard. This in turn will lead to changes in the interface software, and to an increase in costs for the hospital that uses the interface module.