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DataGate Serves as XML Interface Engine

STC's DataGate Plays Pivotal Role in New HL7 XML Demo at HIMSS

DataGate Serves as XML Interface Engine Between New HL7 and XML Standards

ATLANTA, GA. February 22, 1999.

Software Technologies Corp.'s (STC) DataGate enterprise application integration product will play a pivotal role as the interface engine in the HL7 XML Version 3 demonstration at HIMSS.

It will translate between HL7 and XML (Extensible Markup Language) and broadcast XML documents among 11 participating vendors. The demonstration will take place in booth No. 511 from Feb. 21 to 25.

The HL7 XML Version 3 demonstration highlights initiatives that include the adoption of the XML standard -- an emerging standard format for transmitting structured data. Using STC's DataGate integration engine, 11 vendors can now effectively translate and broadcast XML documents and demonstrate how HL7 is used in the "real world."

These vendors will demonstrate various scenarios and highlight some of HL7 Version 3's key benefits including increased precision and interoperability, integrated documents and messages, and reduced implementation costs.

As part of the presentation, three scenarios demonstrating the power of XML will use the PRA (patient record architecture) as an exchange model for documents of varying complexity, such as transcription documents and full electronic records.

The HL7 patient record architecture (PRA), a new markup language created by XML and HL7 industry experts, uses XML for improved health-care document exchange, manipulation and data portability. DataGate translates patient registrations, lab orders, and lab results between traditional HL7 (version 2.n) and HL7 XML (version 3).

Participating companies include: Care Data Systems, CareFlow/net Inc., Epic Systems Corp., Health Network Ventures, Medical Logic Inc., Oceania, Orchard Software Corp., Sequoia Software Corp. and Texcel Research Inc.

XML is an emerging standard format for transmitting structured data. It is similar to HTML, but instead of using tags to flag presentation styles such as fonts, it uses tags to flag structured data. This makes a structured data message human readable via an Internet browser. Adding XML syntax to HL7 will simplify the exchange of clinical data, increase data portability and reduce costs.

STC is widely recognized as a leader in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), with particular expertise in integrating health-care delivery systems. STC's DataGate offers flexible, real-time, graphical interface solutions that tie together key enterprise applications from companies such as SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft and Baan, and from other vendors of hardware, software and legacy systems.

About HL7

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven Inc. (HL7), is a not-for-profit association that develops standards for electronic exchange in health care with an emphasis in clinical and administrative data. The standard enables and simplifies interfaces between different health-care computer applications.

An ANSI-accredited standards developer since 1994, HL7 counts among its nearly 1,600 members, organizations, six payers, three pharmaceutical companies, 170 provider organizations and 209 vendors. In addition, six international affiliates representing Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand actively participate in HL7 initiatives.

About STC

Software Technologies is the leading installed provider of enterprise application integration (EAI) technology, providing real-time or batch enterprise integration of applications, databases and legacy systems.

DataGate, the premier integration product suite, is currently installed in more than 1,000 sites worldwide. DataGate supports multiple messaging capabilities, including data conversion, translation, transformation, encryption monitoring and routing.

It also supports electronic data interchange (EDI) and SAP R/3, and offers international standards compliance including S.W.I.F.T., EDIFACT, AL3, HL7 NCPDP, NSF, ASTM and X12. STC's Universal Solutions provide health-care systems with flexible enterprisewide systems that can be rapidly deployed to support the growing requirements of their Integrated Delivery Systems.

The Universal Index, Universal Registration and Universal Results reporting systems make up the solution suite. In addition to its product line, STC offers a full range of professional services including consulting, training and support.

Software Technologies has headquarters in Monrovia, Calif., with offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Additional information about STC and its products is available on the company's Web site: or by calling 626/471-6000.


Software Technologies Corp., Monrovia
Jennifer Sparks, 626/471-6000, ext. 6237
Alyson Becker, 626/471-6000, ext. 6503


Shandwick International
Sharon Sim-Krause/Greg Cross, 650/596-5850

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