Implementing secure Web services using Professional Profile

May 10, 2011 3:20 - 5:00pm

Madhav Iyer, NBME
Neal Swearer, AAMC

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) have jointly developed a data exchange framework called Data Commons. The technical architecture of Data Commons is based on SOAP Web Services implemented in a Java EE environment. The WSDL is WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 compliant enabling interoperability with any Web Services client. New medical data providers can easily plug-in to this infrastructure by implementing Web Services using the Data Commons XML interface specifications. The system is highly secure through use of SSL and message encryption. MedBiquitous Professional Profile XML data format is used by Data Commons to send and receive medical professional data. Data Commons is being used by NBME to get updated medical school student rosters to support Web Based Testing (WBT). Data Commons is also being planned for use in getting information about new matriculants from LCME schools.