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Assessing Approaches for Evaluating Remote Heterogeneous Applications



Leonard E. Gebase, Robert D. Snelick


We examine several methods for testing disparate, heterogeneous systems that intercommunicate through message exchanges governed by a set of well defined message exchange rules. Rather than basing our assessment on a set of abstract applications, we will look at a specific set of healthcare applications that exhibit these characteristics. We will then assert that the specific findings can be generalized and applied to a broader class of applications. The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)organization defines a technical framework for implementing a broad range of existing healthcare standards. These standards include HL7, DICOM, CDA and others. Implementations of a single standard share a common protocol for the exchange of messages, but direct message exchanges among different standards implementations are generally not possible. IHE,nevertheless, is interested in an environment made up of this diverse set of applications, and we will investigate various approaches to evaluate the behavior of implementations that make up this environment.
Proceedings Title
The 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP'09)
Conference Dates
July 13-17, 2009
Conference Location
Las Vegas, NV


Automated Testing, Conformance, Interoperability, Test Agents, Testing Framework


Gebase, L. and Snelick, R. (2009), Assessing Approaches for Evaluating Remote Heterogeneous Applications, The 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP'09), Las Vegas, NV, [online], (Accessed May 23, 2024)


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Created July 13, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017