Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Interface Engines in Healthcare

  • Dan RusslerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_103


Mapping engines; Messaging engines; Service buses; Transformation engines


A computer application that supports the transformation of the syntactic and semantic structures in communication content during transmission from a sending system to receiving system(s), ensuring reliable delivery of the communication and minimizing information loss and semantic shift during the communication.

Historical Background

Before the invention of application programming interfaces (API) and CORBA Interface Definition Language (IDL) files, “interface” was the term used to describe the electronic communication of information between two computers [1]. Today, the term “interface” also refers to communications between layers of software and even between software objects within a software layer. A modern example of an interface is a Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) file in XML format (www.w3.org).

Within early interfaces, the syntax of the communication content, i.e., linear...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oracle Health SciencesRedwood ShoresUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Tech Research InstituteAtlantaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vipul Kashyap
    • 1
  1. 1.Director, Clinical ProgramsCIGNA HealthcareBloomfieldUSA