Chief Technology Officer at Corepoint Health, member of the HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to author consensus-based standards representing a board view from healthcare system stakeholders. HL7 has compiled a collection of message form... More Board of Directors, and co-chair of the HL7 FHIRFHIR stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resource. This emerging standard combines the best features of HL7 V2, HL7 V3, and CDA, while leveraging the latest web service technologies. The design of FHIR is based on RESTful web services. With REST... More Governance Committee

Dave Shaver

In a July, 2017 webinar titled, The Future of InteroperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged.: APIs + Traditional Interfaces, Corepoint Health CTO Dave Shaver, discussed how future integration API touch-points will allow a more open ecosystem of applications, and support patient demands for access to their health data while empowering providers though data exchange. Below are a few questions and answers from that webinar.

How will FHIR ensure better consistency?

When it comes to consistency, the lack of a central standard can have a negative effect on interoperability. While proprietary APIs exhibit some of these downfalls, the also offer some positives, such as enabling users to interact with data in the original form. In the video below, Dave speaks to previous standards and what they can teach us about FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire”. The standard defines a set of “Resources” that represent granular clinical concepts. The resources provide flexibility for a range of healthca... More development.

Will FHIR supplement or supplant IHE Profiles?

With the new FHIR standard, many tasks will become easier to complete. In this video, Dave discusses how FHIR will operate alongside some of today’s existing standards, while replacing other integration methods. The real-time aspects of FHIR will allow for optimized workflows in more complex cases which are not easily solvable today.

How will FHIR and OpenEHR exchange data?

In the current environment, FHIR and OpenEHR exist as separate standards. In the following Q&A, Dave outlines the crucial role the two standards could play in future workflows and predicts how they will evolve.

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