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New Intel® SOA Expressway for Healthcare Release Powers Patient/Provider Community Exchange at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

by on Oct.13, 2009, under Storage

New Intel® SOA Expressway for Healthcare Release Powers Patient/Provider Community Exchange at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

It’s been about a year and half since we first released Intel® SOA Expressway for Healthcare, which is a purpose-built, easy-to-deploy integration appliance for connecting islands of information together to enable a secure, high-performance, best-of-breed health information infrastructure. We have now begun shipping release 2.2, which contains a number of new feature enhancements.

  • Healthcare Quick Start Kit: prebuilt modules, workflows and data transformation maps to reduce learning curve and improve developer productivity.
  • Improved Microsoft Windows Support: new deployment options that take advantage of Windows installer technology make it simple to automate deployment and installation of SOA Expressway across a cluster of servers. In addition, we’ve beefed up support for command line scripting (CLI) on windows to enable even more flexible product configuration and administration using automated scripting tools.
  • Reliable Messaging and Replay: advanced support for configuring guaranteed delivery options for sending and receiving of health data.
  • Hardened Appliance Form-factor: In partnership with Dell, we now offer a 1U high-performance hardware appliance with tamper-resistant features not available anywhere else.
  • Virtualization: Since Intel SOA Expressway is software it supports a variety of hardware virtualization technologies. We’ve now made that even easier by making the product available as a Virtual Appliance in the VMWare Virtual Appliance Marketplace

So is this just another integration engine for healthcare? Well, I’ll give you three examples why this product is different:

1. Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare lets you extend your legacy Health IT. Because rip-and-replace is never an option, we’ve designed an integration appliance that is easily-deployed as an overlay to your existing Healthcare I.T. applications, databases, even interface engines. Intel SOA Expressway lets you extend your legacy environment by quickly assembling data from a diverse set of proprietary applications and databases into higher-value, standardized information services layer.

2. Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare is a highly integrated appliance. It performs message transformation, mediation and routing, and security in a lightweight, tightly integrated, high performance runtime. Intel’s approach addresses the high-cost, poor performance and low flexibility of the software “suite” approach to integration, which typically require a substantial investment in an entire stack of separate products to meet even simple integration needs.

3. Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare is future-proofed. Most integration products today are focused on micro-level integration, simply moving health data from point-to-point, which actually contributes to information silos, adding cost and complexity to a healthcare information environment. Unlike these products which provide a thin veil of standards support at the edge of the product, Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare has “designed-in” healthcare standards deep within the product to enable healthcare interoperability, not just point-to-point integration.


Intel SOA Expressway maximizes value from your “legacy” investment while “future-proofing” IT infrastructure — all at breakthrough cost. The value is clear, whether you are looking to build a backbone for a state or national Health Information Exchange; a B2B Hub for high-volume, secure message processing; or even a provider looking for an inexpensive health information gateway to efficiently exchange healthcare information inside hospitals and with health information networks.

Recently, Intel SOA Expressway was selected by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI), 600+ bed teaching hospital in New Jersey to power the launch of its first comprehensive electronic health information exchange, which will offer a shared clinical data repository to its partner institutions, physicians, other care givers and patients. Intel collaborated with healthcare portal solutions provider IGI to create a next generation solutions for hospitals and IDNs, enabling healthcare providers to securely exchange patient information at the point of care — key to providing better services and reducing integration costs. View the on-demand webinar here.

IGI is an active Intel systems integrator partner that provides an Affiliated Physician and Patient portal solution that enables uniform access to a broad range of services such as referrals and care coordination, e-prescribing, instant access to labs, claims and medication history, as well as a comprehensive virtual patient record. The integration between IGI ORBIT® and Intel® SOA Expressway for Healthcare provides an efficient, scalable, SOA based solution that connects and translates data as it moves across a healthcare network. IGI ORBIT utilizes Intel SOA Expressway to retrieve data for portal display from a variety of hospital systems including EHR, EMR, database, or HL7 based sources, providing the fastest, simplest way for to enable integrated care services and interoperability across a community of participants.

For more information visit the Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare website here.


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Here at the Red Hat Summit…

by on Sep.02, 2009, under Storage

Here at the Red Hat Summit…

I&aposve been spending most of this week attending the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World event here in Chicago. The energy level is really high amongst the attendees; working in and utlizing Open Source has a very strong momentum.

It&aposs been a busy few days for Red Hat, and they are taking advantage of having everyone here by making a few big announcements.

JBoss Operations Network (ON 2.3): JBoss ON provides application management capabilities across the JBoss enterprise middleware product line, and this new version has a few important updates. The Red Hat press release lists three key new features: 1) "Discovery, inventory, dependency management, configuration management, application deployment, patch update, deployment and content management, availability and performance management of the application server, JVM, Web connector and virtual host"; 2) "An API for SOA Platform and Java clients to access a number of features within JBoss ON, such as user/role/group management, inventory search, monitoring, alerting, package deployment and operations execution"; 3) "A Command Line interface that supports secured remote access to the JBoss ON management server and allows for state-ful script execution, and access to all of the API calls remotely through a simplified API calling facility."

JBoss Certified Application Administrator: Red Hat already has a wide variety of certification programs focused on the Red Hat branded operating system products, but now people can also get certified on JBoss. A JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) will need to be able to demonstrate the skills needed to install, configure, monitor, manage and deploy to the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite 5.3: RHN Satellite is a systems management solution for software updates, configuration management, provisioning and monitoring for Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments. This new version has quite a few new features, many of them suggested by the user community, including these key themes: 1) Using open source systems management projects (Cobbler); 2) Easier management of large, complex environments; 3) Additional automation and virtualization features.

I&aposve enjoyed talking to many folks that manage IT departments or data centers. They each have their unique challenges and risks in their environment. Derek Chan from DreamWorks gave a really great talk on how Cloud Computing was implemented successfully for his demanding (and really cool) workloads. Stop by the Intel booth and say hi if you are there.


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Intel® AMT 5.1.1 SDK

by on Aug.12, 2009, under Storage

New Download Available: Intel® AMT 5.1.1 SDK

Hi – It&aposs been a while since we talked about the latest Intel® AMT Software Development Kit. Not a whole lot has changed moving from Intel® AMT 5.0 to Intel® AMT 5.1.1. For AMT 5.1.1 the changes were mostly bug fixes. For more information regarding known issues, please refer to the readme file in the Intel® AMT 5.1.1 SDK.

Main features in the 5.1.1 SDK:

  • Secure Audit Log (also known as "Access Monitor") – Configuration and samples (4.0 & 5.0).
  • Client Initiated Remote access (CIRA) – Manageability Presence Server (MPS) sample provided, configuration support & most samples updated to support working remotely (4.0 & 5.0).
  • Network Access Protection (NAP) – System Health Validator (SHV) sample (4.0 & 5.0).
  • Samples for additional DASH 1.0 profiles – &aposRole Based authorization (ACL)&apos, WS-Eventing & DASH Discovery support (3.2 – apart from WS-Eventing, 4.0 & 5.0).
  • USB configuration has been updated to support many configuration options.
  • Wireless configuration WS-Management support (4.0).
  • New event log interface (3.2, 4.0 & 5.0).
  • Alarm clock feature (5.1).
  • DASH 1.0 support (5.1). This change has caused some backward compatibility issues. Additional information can be found in Intel AMT WS-Management Capabilities Comparison.pdf document, in the DOCS folder.
  • IMRSDK.Dll can now work with a Certificate singed by a root CA with a 4096 key & SHA 512 algorithm (5.1).


The following Microsoft hot fixes are required to work correctly in some situations:

  • KB889388 – Digest DLL crash when connecting to an Intel AMT machine from 2 applications simultaneously.
  • KB899900 – For using Kerberos authentication to connect to an Intel AMT device.
  • KB908209 – For using Kerberos authentication to connect to an Intel AMT device using Internet Explorer.
  • KB842773 – For using digest authentication from a Windows application to connect to an Intel AMT device on which Kerberos users are configured.
    • Note: this is included in Windows XP* SP2 and in Windows Server 2003* SP1.

SOAP APIs: As we all know, WS-MAN is slowly replacing the old SOAP interface and in this version of the SDK, several previously existing SOAP commands are now deprecated. The samples in this SDK release only use new API calls. This means that the samples in this SDK release (or applications developed using them) might not work with machines using Intel AMT releases older than 4.0. SOAP commands supported from Intel AMT 1.0 and deprecated in Intel AMT 2.0 are not supported by Intel AMT 4.0 devices. These functions are supported by the WSDL files for working with previous generations of Intel AMT.

  • Exceptions to this are the Discovery sample and the Configuration Server sample, which demonstrate, respectively, how to find Intel AMT machines and how to configure them. Both of these samples will work with Intel AMT machines regardless of their release version.
  • For samples demonstrating the usage of older (deprecated) SOAP API, please refer to older releases of the Intel AMT SDK.

Ahem….. This might be a great place to pitch the High Level API package that we have recently placed onto our Manageability Community Web Page. The High Level APIs are built on top of WS-MAN and are intended to remove the complexities of writing AMT software using the regular SDK samples (means you don&apost have to be a WS-MAN guru to write code for AMT!!.) While this package does not yet support all features, it does support HW Inventory, Storage, Power Control, and soon it will support Redirection. The dlls can be brought into an SDK project so that the developer can choose between implementing a feature using the SDK samples, or the High Level API Samples. Our intern, Stephen Hibbert has implemented features using the HLAPI package – see his blog here and you can also read up on Aharon&aposs blogs about the HLAPI package. We would love to get feedback from you!

Release Details

  • Please see the readme and versions files for more information about this release.
  • Need more help? Refer to the FAQs or get expert advice from the Developer Discussion Forum


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