Healthwise Content Integration

An efficient and straightforward solution that integrates health content with the client’s disease/case management business processes


Our client identified a need to provide their community and members with indexed, action-oriented web content, tools and resources for both self-care and condition self-management.

The client’s contract with the Mayo Clinic was ending and new vendor content needed to be integrated into the site within a tight timeline.

Healthwise Content Integration


As the core element of the solution, Vicert created the Content Import Tool that imports Healthwise content into a relational database. The tool was created as a simple standalone Java application that is run from the command line, which is much faster and easier to use for an expert than any other type of interface.

During the import process, the content is transformed from its original XML format into the snippets of HTML to be used on the client’s web portal.

Since the number of files to be processed for each quarterly content update is extremely large (around 14,000), a particular emphasis during the design and implementation of the solution was put on processing speed that was increased by using a multi-threaded approach.

Vicert also made significant changes in the presentation layer of the client’s Java-based web portal. The changes were made in order to support the new content format since the Healthwise content is structurally different from the Mayo content, with all the necessary supporting elements (e.g. menus, links, etc.) created dynamically.


  • Our client is able to offer its members, prospects and site visitors the best-in-class health content.
  • Condition self-management programs, tools and resources were integrated with the client’s disease/case management business processes.
  • Content management was made to be highly efficient and straightforward.
  • Reading, transformation and storage of Healthwise content (around 14,000 files quarterly) take less than 30 minutes.
  • Vicert was able to leverage its extensive experience in Java to complete this project in less than 8 weeks.