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.

What if my current integration engine doesn’t support FHIR?

With a variety of methods to add 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 support, this video explores the different solutions. From adding a new platform to waiting for official support, Dave discusses when each approach would make sense. If the decision is made to change engine vendors, participation in the FHIR standard should be noted, along with the ability to build interfaces faster with less code.

Which vendors are accepting FHIR requests?

Since development first began on FHIR, vendors have played a crucial role in shaping the new standard. Vendor collaboration through Project ArgonautThe Argonaut Project addresses the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, a joint task force of the ONC‘s HIT Standards and Policy Committees and is a joint project between HL7 International and several vendor and provider organizations. The purp... More has allowed for an accelerated implementation process with the potential to greatly expand database access. In the video below, Dave outlines the current use of FHIR and how vendors plan to support the standard.

When will EHRs have FHIR APIs available?

While many EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conform... More vendors claim to currently support FHIR, most organizations face significant hurdles before machine-room use becomes a reality. In this video, Dave shares the role modules will play in FHIR adoption and reveals how APIs will change workflows. For the FHIR timeline, Meaningful Use Stage 3 also plays a critical role in API development.

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