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HL7Spy 2020.2.2 Released

May 2, 2020

  • Improvement – HL7 Sender Tool – Support for SSH Tunnel. Create a secure SSH tunnel to a remote HL7 Server – Requested by Paul C. from diridium.com
  • Improvement – Editor – Support for opening and drag-drop encrypted Cloverleaf smatdb files – requested by Keith M. from thechristhospital.com
  • Improvement – Sql Loader – Support for opening and drag-drop encrypted Cloverleaf smatdb files – requested by Keith M. from thechristhospital.com
  • Improvement – HL7 Editor – Better handling of large HL7 fields within a segment (OBX-5). Large fields are now collapsed to improve message readability. The size of the field is displayed in brackets. Do see the full field, double click on the collapsed region.
  • Improvement – HL7 Editor – Larger HL7 keyboard tooltips. They can be turned on/of (Ctrl+k,Ctrl+k). Hold down the Control key and move the mouse to a field with in the message also displays the tooltip.
  • Improvement – Segment Editor  – Support for OBX-5 variable data types
  • Improvement – Better sizing of columns in the SegmentEditor and HL7  Code table grids
  • Impvovement – HL7 Editor – Support for decoding a multi-part embedded OBX-5 field, for example an embedded pdf document split across multiple OBX segments
  • Improvement – HL7Standard Tool – Show Components/Subcomponents for search results
  • Improvement – HL7 Editor – Track temp files that were opened from OBX-5 encapsulated fields and delete them when HL7Spy exits
  • Improvement – Bulk Compare Tool – Sort field differences by Message Index, then HL7Path – request by Gavin M. from health.telstra.com
  • Improvement – Bulk Compare Tool – Save Ignore Paths when right-clicking and selecting “Ignore” in the Diff tool editor – requested by Gavin M. from health.telstra.com
  • Improvement – Diff Tool – Update DiffView when settings change in BulkCompareView’s ignore fields
  • Improvement – Speed up application startup
  • Improvement – Better handing of Windows Domain licenses for Enterprise customers
  • Improvement – Add support for per user settings for Enterprise customers
  • Improvement – Better display of Z-Segments in Segment Editor
  • Improvement – HL7 Transform Tool – Add more transform functions like Upper, Lower, Insert/Add Segment – requested by Len.F. health.qld.gov.au
  • Improvement – HL7 Transform Tool – Add a drop-down of available functions
  • Improvement – Custom Code Tool – Add right-click copy rows from Events table – requested by Len F. from health.qld.gov.au
  • Improvement – Rework the HL7 Send dialog for better space utilization
  • Bug Fix – File Save – Cannot set the Frame End setting to change the message end-of-frame character – reported by Mike T. from amwell.com
  • Bug Fix – Fix Batch Send View so that the FHS and BHS configurations can be modified
  • Bug Fix – HL7Sender Tool – Fix issue where SSL Validation in UI not happening at the correct time
  • Bug Fix – Show better error to user when Excel Export fails
  • Bug Fix – Advanced Statistics in v2020 do not report the same values as v3.1. Reported by Iris C. from cdph.ca.gov
  • Bug Fix – Highlight Field Tool- Fix exception when Segment Path is selected as a Highlight Path Support wildcard paths
  • Bug Fix – Bulk Compare Tool – Clear out Diff view when selecting a row in the Summary Grid row
  • Bug Fix – Ftp Explorer Tool – Fix issue with resetting the Master password
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code Tool – Fix [ArgumentOutOfRangeException] Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Parser – Exception including entire contents of a large binary file with no messages
  • Bug Fix – HL7Spy not opening up a file when double-clicking it from Windows Explorer – reported by Jared R. from Queens University
  • Bug Fix – Fix spelling of Familiy name in v2.1 and v2.2 of the HL7 Standard

What’s new in HL7Spy 2020.1?

February 7, 2020

Lots…

  • We have made HL7Spy faster. We improved the performance of loading the application, loading messages, query messages, performing statistics calculations on a field, and many other aspects of the application.
  • HL7Spy can handle more data. We have improved HL7Spy’s already unique ability to load 100’s of thousands of messages. In HL7Spy 2020.1 we have improved many features to handle the increased size of HL7 data streams. We have some customers that are loading 42,000,000 messages and running queries to generate reports. That’s a lot of messages!

Here is what its like to load 1.1 million messages from a 7-zip archive containing 10 files on a standard laptop.

Watch how fast it is when used to calculate the statistics on the MSH-9 field.

  • We went through the entire product and improved every window and dialog in the application. We asked ourselves how we can make them better, and we did. Check it out for yourself.
  • We added more options for saving the application layout, font sizing, opening behavior, saving/restoring application settings, and more.
  • We added the ability to set the font size of the editor and most data grids within the application. This is great if your eyes are getting older like mine.
  • We have updated all data grids, and tree grids in the application. Where useful, they now support searching, sorting, and data grouping.
  • The HL7 Editor has been revamped. In v2020 it is snappier, renders text more precisely,  handles large HL7 messages better, supports configurable field highlighting, and has a cool new search tool (shown below).
  • The Custom Code Tool – This tool is for power-users! It is amazing what you can do if you know a little C#. In v2020 this tool has been completely redone. It now supports the .NET 4.8 run-time, and C# 7.x language specification.
  • One of the great new features in HL7Spy v2020 is built for users who are migrating to a new HL7 Integration Engine, (like Rhapsody, or Corepoint –product plug intended). The Bulk Compare tool allows users to compare the output from their old integration engine with the output of their new one, to ensure that the outputs are equivalent before flipping the switch. The Bulk Compare Tool generates results that allow you to see exactly which messages and fields are different between two message streams. Statistics by message type and field are created. These results can be exported to PDF and Excel for reporting purposes.The Bulk Compare tool is fast, so fast. It can compare 100,000 messages in under 15 seconds. See it in action below.
  • HL7 Sender/Receiver – Improved SSL/TLS support.
  • Sql Loader tool – This tool has been updated for v2020.1 . We have also included  for InterSystems Caché/IRIS. (Thank you to Jeff Drumm for his help us get this feature into v2020!). Please see his article on how to set this up in your environment: https://community.intersystems.com/post/load-ensemble-messages-hl7-spy-v20201

HL7Spy v4 Beta – Bulk Compare Tool

October 8, 2019

New – HL7Spy v4 is ready for Beta testing!

HL7Spy v3 was released in June 2017. Since that time we have released over 40 new versions of HL7Spy in response to customer requests for new features and to make bug fixes (many more improvements that bug fixes :)). We are now releasing a major upgrade to HL7Spy with some great enhancements.

One of the great new features in HL7Spy v4 is built for users who are migrating to a new HL7 Integration Engine, (like Rhapsody, or Corepoint –product plug intended). The Bulk Compare tool allows users to compare the output from their old integration engine with the output of their new one to ensure that the outputs are equivalent before flipping the switch.

The Bulk Compare Tool generates results that allow you to see exactly which messages and fields are different between to message streams. Statistics by message type and field are created. These results can be export to PDF and Excel for reporting purposes.

The Bulk Compare tool is fast, so fast. It can compare 100,000 messages in under 15 seconds. See it in action below.

The Bulk Compare tool was developed in conjunction with Rhapsody’s Co-Creation Labs: https://rhapsody.health/co-creation-lab. It was a great opportunity for us to work with the experts in the integration space and create a comprehensive HL7 integration engine migration tool. We were happy and impressed with the co-creation result and we think you will be too.

More information about the Bulk Compare tool can be found in the HL7Spy v4 user manual here: Bulk Compare Tool.

Try the HL7Spy v4 for 40 days for free here: Download HL7Spy

HL7Spy v3.1.2360 Released

August 11, 2019

  • Improvement – Custom Code – HL7Field.IsEmpty() is inconsistent with property HL7Component.IsEmpty and HL7SubComponent.IsEmpty. Should replace with IsNullOrEmpty()
  • Improvement – Custom Code – Add helper methods to set the number of Fields, Repeats, Components, and Subcomponents
  • Improvement – Custom Code – Custom Code Events- Speed up “Copy All To Clipboard” – L.B. from cdph.ca.gov
  • Improvement – Open Folder – Remove annoying “No files found meeting the specified criteria” messagebox when there are no matches
  • Improvement – Installer – Add MessageBox when the .NET Framework cannot be downloaded
  • Bug Fix – Hex Editor – Fix Application Unhandled Exception. [NullReferenceException] Object reference not set to an instance of an object
  • Bug Fix – Field Statistics – System.NullReferenceException: ‘Object reference not set to an instance of an object.’
  • Bug Fix – [ObjectDisposedException] Cannot access a disposed object. Object name: ‘OpenFolderView’.
  • Bug fix – Custom Code – void OnError(Exception ex) not being called when there is no opened tab – reported by A.L. from musc.edu
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Parser – Fix index out of range exception
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Receiver – fix issue with SSL and security access error to cert.PrivateKey.KeyExchangeAlgorithm

HL7Spy v3.1.2345 Released

August 11, 2019

  • Improvement – Application – Improve startup performance by disabling checks for code-signed assemblies
  • Improvement – Statistics – Processing statistics across 21+ million messages resulted in an out of memory exception  – Reported by Larry B. from cdph.ca.gov
  • Improvement – UI components – Many bug fixes, usability and performance improvements
  • Improvement – Export to xls, and xlsx – Warn user when more than 65536 rows for xls, or 1048576 rows for xlsx are being exported (maximum number of rows allowed)
  • Improvement – FTP/SFTP libraries – Fixes a number of issues with connecting to some FTP/SFTP servers
  • Improvement – HL7 Receiver – Show SSL certs from both LocalMachine and LocalUser
  • Improvement – HL7 Receiver – Show thumbprint in Certificate window
  • Improvement – Open Folder – Speed up scanning when there are thousands of files
  • Improvement – Open Folder – Open Folder – Remove annoying “No files found meeting the specified criteria” message-box when there are no matches
  • Bug Fix- Open Folder – Fix potential issue when the Scan/Stop buttons are pressed quickly one after the other
  • Bug Fix- Open Folder – Clicking “Stop” during folder processing leaves the tool in an unusable state
  • Bug Fix- Open Folder – Unhandled exception when choosing Regex search with invalid Regex expression
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Send – SSL enabled and Certificate/Thumbprint empty does not encrypt the data but sends the data as clear text – Reported by Rick O. from hc1.com
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Receiver – fix issue with SSL and security access error to cert.PrivateKey.KeyExchangeAlgorithm
  • Bug Fix – Field Statistics – System.NullReferenceException: ‘Object reference not set to an instance of an object.’ in some rare situations

HL7Spy 3.1.2306 Released

July 16, 2019

  • Improvement – HL7 SQL – Add a “Save” button to manually save the query text  – Requested by Larry B. from cdph.ca.gov
  • Improvement – HL7 SQL – Add an option to not automatically save the Query text when the user clicks the “Execute” button
  • Improvement – Statistics – Speed up calculation of “Selected To Single New Tab” and “Not Selected To Single New Tab” – requested by Jeff D. from hshs.org
  • Bug Fix – Fix issue where results from a SELECT INTO new tab results in the messages indexes in the results being incorrect and therefore showing the incorrect message in the editor when clicked on in the results grid – Reported by Jeff B. from mhg.com
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Fix issue with Custom Code not saving correctly. All being saved to file “00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000.xml”
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Compile to user temp directory instead of the one in ProgramData\HL7Spy\temp
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Fix up location of the Actipro CacheSplash window
  • Bug Fix – Do not show files from the User’s temp directory in the Recent File List
  • Bug Fix – Save Recent File List on Application Exit

HL7Spy 3.1.2295 Released

June 23, 2019

  • Improvement – Add Certificate Selector in HL7 Receiver
  • Improvement – Speed up HL7Spy Installer
  • Improvement – Update to latest 3rd party libraries. Improves speed and stability of application
  • Improvement – Remove file from the Recent File List if an attempt to open it results in a file not found error
  • Bug Fix -FTP Explorer – Fix issue when remote directory doesn’t start with /
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Unable to change default HL7 message encoding characters
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Fix issue where _global_ custom code does not display unless you click to another function and back
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – Compile to user temp directory instead of the one in ProgramData\HL7Spy\temp
  • Bug Fix – Increase the size of the message selector in the Bulk Compare tool
  • Bug Fix – Fix tab stops in Open Folder, Save As, and other pop-up dialog boxes – Reported by Michael W.
  • Bug Fix – Fix potential duplicate key exception in BaseView.AddCommandKey
  • Bug Fix – Fix issue where a window’s OnLoad can be called multiple times
  • Bug Fix – Show proper error when the .NET framework cannot be downloaded

HL7Spy 3.1.2273 Released

December 5, 2018

  • Improvement – Remember the last directory where data was exported to and reuse it next time another export is initiated. Requested by Jeff D from hicgrp.com
  • Improvement – Remove all intermediate Export dialogs and show the standard Windows SaveAs dialog instead. Requested by Jeff D from hicgrp.com
  • Improvement – Clean-up exporting from the Watch List
  • Improvement – Custom Code – Add more overloads to HL7Message.CombineObxsToObx5Repeats for transforming many OBX segments into 1 with repeating OBX-5
  • Improvement – Add an application option to Auto Open Export Files, or to just open File Explorer and select the file
  • Improvement – Handle loading multiple files where one, or more, has an access denied issue
  • Improvement – When Exporting to Excel, PDF, etc., reuse the same File Explorer instance to navigate to the file rather than opening a new one each time
  • Improvement – Update shortcuts for Field/Component/Subcomponent statistics
  • Improvement – Speed up loading of xz, zip, gz, etc. compressed files
  • Bug Fix – Fix issue where vv is placed on versions of HL7 Standard in the Export to Xml tool
  • Bug Fix – Remove double MessageBox request to overwrite a file when Exporting to Excel, pdf, etc. Reported by Jeff D. from hicgrp.com
  • Bug Fix – Fix issue where Recent File List not saving properly
  • Bug Fix – Fix OpenFolder search issue where filtering is not working properly – Reported by Sandy D. from aurora.org
  • Bug Fix – Custom Code – HL7DateTime.TryParse returns the datetime as being in the local timezone even if not timezone is in the DTM string
  • Bug Fix – Issue with “Redact messages to new Tab” when when tab contains multiple sources. Reported by David R from AGFA
  • Bug Fix – HL7Query – Fix Unhandled Exception. [ObjectDisposedException] Cannot access a disposed object.
  • Bug Fix – Fix An exception that was thrown during handling the topic ‘MessageCollectionRemoved’
  • Bug Fix – F11 should show/hide the Ribbon Bar but does not
  • Bug Fix – EventBroker – [InvalidOperationException] Sequence contains more than one matching element
  • Bug Fix – FileExplorer – SFTP error when navigating a directory that contains a file marked as FIFO. Reported by Jeff D. from HSHS
  • Bug Fix – Split Tab – Fix Message Collection that is split shows up as empty in HL7Spy until re-opened

HL7Spy 3.1.2228 Released

December 5, 2018

  • Improvement – Randomize sample messages used for calculating global statistics – Requested by Jeff B from mhg
  • Improvement – Message Split Tool – Add support to split files based on their original file name
  • Improvement – Editor – Improve performance of loading many small files – Requested by Joe M. from vumc
  • Improvement – Custom Code – Support setting the unescaped value of a field. HL7Subcomponent.EscapedValue
  • Improvement – Sql Loader/HL7 Sql – Add Windows Folder Browser dialog to ExportForm. Requested by Jeff D. from hicgrp
  • Improvement – HL7 Diff – Speed improvements to the HL7 Differencing algorithm for large messages. Reported by Tony C. from MModal
  • Improvement – FTP Explorer – Add support for recursive searches. Requested by Barry V. from princetonhc
  • Improvement – FTP Explorer – Add additional logging information when in “debug” mode to help troubleshoot connection errors
  • Bug Fix – Error getting Authentication Info. Padding is invalid and cannot be removed. Reported by John B. from Cook Children’s
  • Bug Fix – FTP Explorer – Fix Connection Timeout string showing as blank

HL7Spy 3.1.2173 Released

September 27, 2018

  • Improvement – HL7 Sender – Add logging of SSL info
  • Improvement – Editor – Add custom framing options to File SaveAs – requested by Joe E./li>
  • Improvement – General – Miscellaneous performance improvements/li>
  • Improvement – General – Update 3rd Party libraries/li>
  • Bug Fix – File Browser – SSH Private Key not functioning correctly- reported by Jeff D.
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Transform – Fix issue with edits not being picked up until a new row/column is selected
  • Bug Fix – HL7 Transform – Cannot delete transform
  • Bug Fix – Editor – Loading many small files compressed in 7z format is very slow – warren K.
  • Bug Fix – Editor – Fix issue with some HL7 Standard Table values not showing properly. Reported by Paul R.
  • Bug Fix – Editor – Copy/paste of Unicode characters incorrectly interpreted as ASCII
  • Bug Fix – Sql Loader – Fix database selection issue when the item selected is the first item in the list