Raining Data's new TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server aggregates pharmaceutical and health care information

Orlando 23 February 2004Raining Data Corporation's new TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server supports key standards for enabling streamlined clinical drug trials and is able to act as a virtual electronic health records (vEHR) repository. TigerLogic, acting in concert with products from over 20 different vendors, is the sole vEHR repository for a demonstration coordinated by the standards organisation Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, held during the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) from February 22-26, 2004.

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The TigerLogic XML data repository is an operational data server that uses a patent-pending XML indexing and profiling technology to aggregate, store, and retrieve data of any type and from any source as XML files in the mid-tier, the centre of a data management architecture where information flows between end user computers and large-scale systems for tracking and processing health records and lab data.

Moreover, the TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server delivers built-in support for health care delivery, lab testing, and data management standards, including HL7's Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and V3 XML lab messages; IHE's Retrieve Information for Display (RID) query; the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium's (CDISC) laboratory (LAB), Operational Data Model (ODM), and Submissions Data Standard (SDS) specifications; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) ebXML health care registry, which could serve as a model for providing access to distributed health care documents, making it easier to find patient records.

"Healthcare and other life sciences organisations are realizing that embracing XML provides the interoperability and information flow required to continue to improve the quality and efficiency of care", stated Liora Alschuler, project director for the 2004 Joint Demo and co-chair of the HL7 Structured Documents and Marketing Committees. "Raining Data's TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server is a key component of this demonstration that uniquely provides vEHR repository functions. Along with our other participating vendors, Raining Data is helping us prove that integration, standards, and XML enable timely and flexible access to a wide range of information that can save lives."

The TigerLogic XML Life Science Data Server's ability to aggregate and deliver information were featured during the demonstration. Pulling from and sharing data with products from more than 20 other vendors, including Berdy, Dictaphone, Epic Systems, GE, Kodak, Microsoft, Misys and others, the TigerLogic server demonstrated how interoperable systems can be used to deliver better health care. For example, in the case of botulism reporting, TigerLogic captures and shares digital CDA forms to decrease the time between diagnosis and government agency response to what could be bioterrorism.

Similarly, a tumour reporting scenario shows how a patient with cancerous tumours can get streamlined care, when X-Rays and other tests are digitally shared among everyone involved in the treatment, from surgeons, to primary care physicians, to insurance companies and hospital cancer registries.

The TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server is designed from the ground up to provide data consistency across health care, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology information systems throughout various stages of drug development and trials by utilizing XML forms that adhere to the CDISC and HL7 standards.

The HL7-IHE interoperability demonstration illustrated the criticality of bringing together HL7, IHE, CDISC and other standards with high-performance, XML-based data management systems in the digital health care enterprise.

"Health care and pharmaceutical markets are leading the use of technology to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care. As a member of the HL7 and CDISC organisations, we know how important it is to establish a seamless flow of information across the healthcare enterprise", stated Boris Geller, Vice President of Market Development for Raining Data. "Bringing together data in the right form at the right time is what our TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server was built for. We're enabling hospitals, CRO's, PCP's, pharmaceutical firms, and other health care and drug research organisations to efficiently aggregate information across their enterprises and improve continuity of care, patient safety, public health, research, and reporting."

The TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server fosters interoperability between systems through its open application programming interface, allowing it to be connected to any source in a health care enterprise without modification. This, in turn, simplifies the process of combining related health information such as the number and type of patient complaints from a hospital ER front desk, ECG and X-Ray imaging servers, and the doctor diagnoses from dictaphones, across different systems into a reusable collection of data available in a standard XML format. This is a sweeping innovation for an industry that is rapidly moving away from stacks of paper and proprietary data management systems.

Operational data servers also enhance the performance of data delivery, allowing health care organisations to react quickly during emergencies. The TigerLogic XML repository addresses performance in two ways. First, its query engine aggregates and retrieves data at speeds often hundreds of times faster than most other database alternatives. Second, its XML transformation engine makes it possible to bring data to nearly any device without additional programming, a capability that Raining Data was showing during the HL7 - IHE demonstration at HIMSS, when electronic patient records were wirelessly displayed on personal digital assistants (PDAs) right at the show floor.

TigerLogic XML Life Sciences Data Server is immediately available on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Solaris platforms. Software license fee pricing starts at $25,000 per server and varies based on selected platforms and configurations. Support for HL7 CDA, IHE RID queries, CDISC, and other health care XML standards is bundled with the product.

Raining Data Corporation, headquartered in Irvine, California, has been providing reliable data management and rapid application deployment solutions for developers of database applications for more than two decades. Raining Data's flagship products include:

  • high-performance TigerLogic XML Data Management Server (XDMS), which provides flexible, scalable and extensible storage and retrieval of critical business data across a variety of structured and unstructured information sources, delivering mid-tier scalability and transactional integrity of enterprise databases as well as dynamic extensibility and ease of use, mostly found in repositories and file systems;
  • D3, mvEnterprise and mvBase family of powerful Pick based hierarchical multi-dimensional database management systems that are the choice of more than a thousand application developers worldwide;
  • the Pick Data Provider for .NET which allows D3, UniData and UniVerse database platform users to take advantage of the .Net Framework by utilizing Microsoft Visual Studio .NET by serving as a bridge between an application and the data source; and
  • Omnis Studio, a powerful, cross-platform, object-oriented RAD tool for developing sophisticated thick-client, Web-client or ultra thin-client database applications.

The Raining Data customer installed base includes more than 500.000 active users, representing over 20.000 customer sites worldwide with a significant base of diverse vertical applications. With approximately 150 employees in four countries, the company has an extensive distribution channel, 24x7 customer support and a strong international presence.


Leslie Versweyveld

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