A HL7 transformer application for vaccination data report

I. Chun Lin, Hui Mei Hsu, Chien Tsai Liu

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In this paper, we design a data transformer to transform Comma Separated Value (CSV) format into Health Level Seven (HL7) messages without losing syntax and semantics. The algorithm of the data transformer is similar to a generic parser for solving scheme-level mapping problems. It can be extended to transform non-uniform formats for exchanges among different hospital information systems. To show the flexibility and scalability of the algorithm, we use it for the transformation of reported data in the Vaccination Reporting System (VRS). Through the data transformer, different formats of vaccination data can be reported directly to the Taiwan's Center for Disease Control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-131
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Healthcare
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Binary tree
  • Data transformation
  • Generic Transformation Algorithm (GTA)
  • Health Level Seven (HL7) standards
  • Inter-media representation
  • Medical information exchange
  • Medical information standards
  • Middleware
  • Vaccination reporting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics


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