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Introducing InterSystems Health Connect Cloud

InterSystems Health Connect Cloud is an integration engine in the cloud that provides a reliable, secure, low maintenance solution for connecting any number of healthcare systems, modern or legacy. Based on InterSystems HealthShare Health Connect™, Health Connect Cloud supports all of the common messaging standards, including FHIR®, HL7v2 and HL7v3, IHE Profiles, CDA/C-CDA, DICOM, X12, and more. This allows you to exchange information securely with other healthcare organizations, clinicians, and public health agencies and store every message moving through these integrated systems. Health Connect Cloud offers guaranteed message delivery, built-in data transformations, superior monitoring, high performance, and robust auditing without the burden of setting up and maintaining its infrastructure.

If you want to subscribe to Health Connect Cloud, please contact usOpens in a new tab.

Once you have subscribed to Health Connect Cloud, follow these easy steps in this introduction to get up and running.

For information on the day-to-day management of Health Connect Cloud, see InterSystems Health Connect Cloud Reference Information.

To learn how a development team can work together using Health Connect Cloud, see Tenants PageOpens in a new tab.

Log in to the Cloud Services Portal

If you have an account in the Cloud Services PortalOpens in a new tab, log in to the portal.

If you do not have an account, sign up for one, as follows:

  1. In your browser, go to the Cloud Services Portal login pageOpens in a new tab, and click Create New Account.

  2. On the Create Your Account page, enter the requested information, and click Create Account.

  3. Type the verification code sent to the email account you provided, and click Confirm Account.

After you create your new account, you are taken to the Deployments page.

View Your Deployments

After logging in to the Cloud Services Portal, you are taken to the Deployments page, where you can view all of the Health Connect Cloud deployments. The deployments are created according to the specifications outlined in your contract, including:

  • Deployment size

  • Optional high availability configuration

  • Optional Message Bank

  • Cloud provider and region

  • Deployment name

Click the card for a deployment to manage the deployment. For more information, see InterSystems Health Connect Cloud Reference Information.

Other actions are available by clicking the action menu at the top right of the card, such as setting the Service Level for the deployment or deleting the deployment. For more information, see Deployments pageOpens in a new tab.

Note:

You cannot delete a Health Connect Cloud deployment that is attached to a Network Connect deployment. You must detach it from Network Connect before proceeding.

Use a Deployment

To use a deployment, click a card on the Deployments page go to the Overview page for the deployment, where you can see the details for the deployment, including a summary of its configuration, its expiration date, and its Deployment ID. The Deployment ID uniquely identifies the deployment. For more information, see Overview page.

Click the links in the main menu to perform the following actions on the deployment:

  • Create Health Connect Cloud Users using the Connect Users page.

  • Log in to the Health Connect System Management Portal or Message Bank (if configured for this deployment) from the System Management page.

  • Create interoperability productions and namespaces on the Productions page.

To read about all of the tasks you can perform on a deployment using the Cloud Services Portal, see Reference Information.

Use VS Code with a Deployment

InterSystems recommends using Microsoft Visual Studio Code (VS Code) as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with Health Connect Cloud. If you do not have VS Code, download it here: https://code.visualstudio.com/downloadOpens in a new tab.

Before connecting VS Code to Health Connect Cloud, you need to perform the following steps to make a user known to your Health Connect Cloud deployment and set the necessary permissions:

  1. On the Connect Users page, create a Health Connect Cloud User.

  2. From the System Management page, log the user in to the Health Connect System Management Portal.

Then connect VS Code to your Health Connect Cloud deployment, as follows:

  1. In VS Code, click the Extensions icon in the Activity Bar of the IDE.

  2. In the Extensions Marketplace, search for and install the InterSystems ObjectScript Extension Pack.

    The extension pack contains the InterSystems ObjectScript extension, the InterSystems Language Server extension, and the InterSystems Server Manager extension. Make sure you install all three extensions.

  3. In the Activity Bar, click the InterSystems Tools icon.

  4. In the Side Panel, click Add Server, and configure it as follows:

    1. Name of new server definition: Enter a name that will help you identify the Health Connect Cloud deployment to which you are connecting.

    2. Optional description: Enter any additional text that will help you identify the server.

    3. Hostname or IP address of webserver: Enter the hostname of the Health Connect Cloud Management Portal, for example, healthconnectcloud.abcdefghijkl.static-test-account.isccloud.io.

    4. Port of web server: Enter 443.

    5. Username: Optionally enter the username you created on the Connect Users page of the Cloud Services Portal.

    6. Confirm connection type: Select https.

    You should now see the server in the Side Panel under All Servers.

  5. In the Side Panel under All Servers, click the name of the server you just created to connect to your Health Connect Cloud deployment.

    You will need to enter the username and/or password of the user you created.

  6. Expand the server in the Side Panel to see the namespaces, including the ones you create on the Productions page of the Cloud Services Portal.

  7. Click a namespace and then click the View Code in Namespace icon to view the contents of the namespace in the VS Code Explorer.

    You may be asked to enter your username and/or password again.

For more information on using VS Code with InterSystems products, see the complete documentation on GitHubOpens in a new tab.

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