Quickstart: Part 2: Configure the MedTech service for manual deployment using the Azure portal
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) is an open healthcare specification.
Before you can manually deploy the MedTech service, you must complete the following configuration tasks:
Set up the MedTech service configuration
Start with these three steps to begin configuring the MedTech service so it will be ready to accept your tabbed configuration input:
Start by going to the Health Data Services workspace you created in the manual deployment Prerequisites section. Select the Create MedTech service box.
This step will take you to the Add MedTech service button. Select the button.
This step will take you to the Create MedTech service page. This page has five tabs you need to fill out:
- Device mapping
- Destination mapping
- Tags (optional)
- Review + create
Configure the Basics tab
Follow these six steps to fill in the Basics tab configuration:
Enter the MedTech service name.
The MedTech service name is a friendly, unique name for your MedTech service. For this example, we'll name the MedTech service
Enter the Event Hubs Namespace.
The Event Hubs Namespace is the name of the Event Hubs Namespace that you previously deployed. For this example, we'll use
eh-azuredocsdemowith our MedTech service device messages.
For information about deploying an Azure Event Hubs Namespace, see Create an Event Hubs Namespace.
For more information about Azure Event Hubs Namespaces, see Namespace in the Features and terminology in Azure Event Hubs document.
Enter the Events Hubs name.
The Event Hubs name is the name of the event hub that you previously deployed within the Event Hubs Namespace. For this example, we'll use
devicedatawith our MedTech service device messages.
For information about deploying an Azure event hub, see Create an event hub.
Enter the Consumer group.
The Consumer group name is located by going to the Overview page of the Event Hubs Namespace and selecting the event hub to be used for the MedTech service device messages. In this example, the event hub is named
When you're inside the event hub, select the Consumer groups button under Entities to display the name of the consumer group to be used by your MedTech service.
By default, a consumer group named $Default is created during the deployment of an event hub. Use this consumer group for your MedTech service deployment.
If you're going to allow access from multiple services to the device message event hub, it is highly recommended that each service has its own event hub consumer group.
Consumer groups enable multiple consuming applications to have a separate view of the event stream, and to read the stream independently at their own pace and with their own offsets. For more information, see Consumer groups.
Two MedTech services accessing the same device message event hub.
A MedTech service and a storage writer application accessing the same device message event hub.
The Basics tab should now look like this after you've filled it out:
You're now ready to select the Device mapping tab and begin setting up the device mappings for your MedTech service.
Configure the Device mapping tab
You need to configure device mappings so that your instance of the MedTech service can normalize the incoming device data. The device data will first be sent to your event hub instance and then picked up by the MedTech service.
The easiest way to configure the Device mapping tab is to use the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Connector Data Mapper tool to visualize, edit, and test your device mapping. This open source tool is available from IoMT Connector Data Mapper.
To begin configuring the device mapping tab, go to the Create MedTech service page and select the Device mapping tab. Then follow these two steps:
Go to the IoMT Connector Data Mapper and get the appropriate JSON code.
Return to the Create MedTech service page. Enter the JSON code for the template you want to use into the Device mapping tab. After you enter the template code, the Device mapping code will be displayed on the screen.
If the Device code is correct, select the Next: Destination > tab to enter the destination properties you want to use with your MedTech service. Your device configuration data will be saved for this session.
For more information regarding device mappings, see the relevant GitHub open source documentation at Device Content Mapping.
For Azure docs information about the device mapping, see How to configure the MedTech service device mapping.
Configure the Destination tab
In order to configure the destination mapping tab, you can use the IoMT Connector Data Mapper tool to visualize, edit, and test the destination mapping. This open source tool is available from IoMT Connector Data Mapper. You need to configure destination mapping so that your instance of MedTech service can send and receive data to and from the FHIR service.
To begin configuring destination mapping, go to the Create MedTech service page and select the Destination mapping tab. There are two parts of the tab you must fill out:
- Destination properties
- JSON template request
Under the Destination tab, use these values to enter the destination properties for your MedTech service instance:
First, enter the name of your FHIR server using the following four steps:
- The FHIR Server name (also known as the FHIR service) can be located by using the Search bar at the top of the screen.
- To connect to your FHIR service instance, enter the name of the FHIR service you used in the manual deploy configuration article at Deploy the FHIR service.
- Then select the Properties button.
- Next, Copy and paste the Name string into the FHIR Server text field. In this example, the FHIR Server name is
Next, enter the Destination Name.
The Destination Name is a friendly name for the destination. Enter a unique name for your destination. In this example, the Destination Name is
Then, select the Resolution Type.
Resolution Type specifies how MedTech service will resolve missing data when reading from the FHIR service. MedTech reads device and patient resources from the FHIR service using device identifiers and patient identifiers.
Missing data can be resolved by choosing a Resolution Type of Create and Lookup:
If Create was selected, and device or patient resources are missing when you're reading data, new resources will be created, containing just the identifier.
If Lookup was selected, and device or patient resources are missing, an error will occur, and the data won't be processed. The errors DeviceNotFoundException and/or a PatientNotFoundException error will be generated, depending on the type of resource not found.
For more information regarding destination mapping, see the FHIR service GitHub documentation at FHIR mapping.
For Azure docs information about destination mapping, see How to use FHIR destination mappings.
JSON template request
Before you can complete the FHIR destination mapping, you must get a FHIR destination mapping code. Follow these four steps:
- Go to the IoMT Connector Data Mapper Tool and get the JSON template for your FHIR destination.
- Go back to the Destination tab of the Create MedTech service page.
- Go to the large box below the boxes for FHIR server name, Destination name, and Resolution type. Enter the JSON template request in that box.
- You'll then receive the FHIR Destination mapping code, which will be saved as part of your configuration.
Configure the Tags tab (optional)
Before you complete your configuration in the Review + create tab, you may want to configure tabs. You can do this step by selecting the Next: Tags > tabs.
Tags are name and value pairs used for categorizing resources. This step is an optional step when you may have many resources and want to sort them. For more information about tags, see Use tags to organize your Azure resources and management hierarchy.
Follow these steps if you want to create tags:
Under the Tags tab, enter the tag properties associated with the MedTech service.
- Enter a Name.
- Enter a Value.
Once you've entered your tag(s), you're ready to do the last step of your configuration.
Select the Review + create tab to validate your deployment request
To begin the validation process of your MedTech service deployment, select the Review + create tab. There will be a short delay and then you should see a screen that displays a Validation success message. Below the message, you should see the following values for your deployment.
- MedTech service name
- Event Hubs name
- Consumer group
- Event Hubs namespace
- FHIR server
- Destination name
- Resolution type
Your validation screen should look something like this:
If your MedTech service didn't validate, review the validation failure message, and troubleshoot the issue. Check all properties under each MedTech service tab that you've configured. Go back and try again.
Continue on to Part 3: Deployment and post-deployment
After your configuration is successfully completed, you can go on to Part 3: Deployment and post deployment. See Next steps.
When you're ready to begin Part 3 of Manual Deployment, see
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