Capsule Technologie recently joined the Andover Working Group (AWG) to support their activities in the fast growing field of interoperable health care applications. As a new supporting member, this innovative software development company already displays a solid background in system integration, considering the fact it was only created in 1997. AWG will particularly rely on their expertise in medical device connectivity to optimise their plug-and-play health care computing implementation.
Headquartered at the Centre for New Industries and Technologies in Paris, Capsule Technologie develops products which facilitate the sending and collecting of real-time data in a critical care environment. Hospital Information Systems are provided with software solutions based on an open-system architecture for efficient data transmission throughout the medical unit. The company uses Microsoft technologies and the NT operating system to generate new applications, to install and integrate their systems, and to design and develop advanced databases.
Within the AWG, Capsule Technologie will be able to collaborate with the other partners in order to integrate data from disparate sources at any point in the medical organisation. AWG has been established in 1996 by Hewlett-Packard Company to deliver object-oriented software for interoperable health care computing. These specialised programmes are referred to as enterprise communication framework (ECF) software. ECF allows equipment and application vendors to manufacture and integrate applications faster and less expensively while guaranteeing interoperability with future technology investments.
In February 1998, AWG has launched the distribution of Version 1.0 of the ECF Software Developer's Kit, based on the Health Level 7 standard for transferring textual data among different applications. Additional standards will include Medical Information Bus (MIB) for device data, developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) for diagnostic images. At present, core and supporting members of the AWG are all using the ECF Version 1.0 software. The first commercial release will follow by mid 1998.