NextGen Connect or Mirth connect is a cross-platform interface engine used in the healthcare industry that enables the management of information using bi-directional sending of many types of messages. The primary use of this interface engine is in healthcare.
On September 9th, 2013 Mirth Corporation announced they were acquired by Quality Systems. Mirth Connect has since been rebranded as NextGen Connect.
Mirth Connect was born out of a desire to develop an internal integration engine. At first, the Mirth® R&D team only wanted to figure out how to parse HL7 messages. Gerald Bortis, vice president of R&D, said he tried to get access to competitive demo tools, but there was no way to quickly get a demo version to play with. Along with Jacob Brauer, now the director of software engineering for R&D, they decided to build a demo version that solved R&D’s needs.
After developing their own HL7 message parser and router, they decided to turn their project into an open source program so any developer working in health IT could use it. On July 18, 2006, version 1.0 of Mirth Connect was posted to Sourceforge, the open source project sharing site.
It is the leading Open Source healthcare integration engine, designed to handle HL7 message integration. With Mirth Connect you can develop, test, deploy, and monitor your interfaces. Store data wherever you need it, create interfaces within moments, and monitor and configure your interfaces. You can manage your messages with ease, and send alerts and reminders to keep you on track.
Briefly, it is an open source health care integration engine that connect health information systems so they can exchange clinical and administrative data. Also, it supports various protocol and standards such as HL7, EDI/X12, XML, NCPDP, DICOM,TCP/LLP, HTTP, JDBC, File/FTP/SFTP thanks to these, we manage to share data, filtering, transformation and routing of messages.
Features of Mirth Connect include:
- view and reprocess messages
- monitor interface statistics and connections
- support for numerous transfer protocols
- ability to write custom connectors
- support for numerous data formats and health care data standards
- interface tools
- flexible data basing
- alerts and notifications
Medical centers use different health information systems like labs, pharmacies, clinics and so on. Since there are lots of branchs and systems, we have different protocols, incompatible data and mismatch versions. While some systems use HL7, X12 and DICOM, the others use XML or different protocol. This causes some problems among systems of departments. Mirth is to give a solution for the problems. In addition, Mirth manages administrative roles and tasks that you can create users or admins. You can think that Mirth is a gateway between labs or clinics.
The future is bright for Mirth Connect. Mirth developers continue to tune and refine the integration engine and new healthcare organizations join the Mirth Connect community every day. Jacob and Gerald imagine a scenario where every hospital system in the world uses Mirth Connect, and with users in more than 80 countries, that day isn’t far off. Nick sees Mirth Connect as a parallel to Linux—it can be deployed on everything from smartwatches and Raspberry Pi units all the way up to enterprise systems.
For years, Santeware has been doing consulting and channel development. Our extensive practice in implementing integration solutions for many healthcare organizations makes us the right choice for connecting the medical field. We maintain a large library of channels that are useful for many purposes, and we are happy to share. Mirth Connect is open source, with a large community of users.