It has been well over a year since we published our HL7 FHIR Primer, which has been downloaded an astonishing 675 times and counting. That primer lays out the basics of how the new health data standards will be used, including key diagrams and use cases such as mobile application access to hospitals’ EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More systems.

While FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More is still under development by HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More, the second draft standard for trial use (DSTU) became available last year, and the first normative edition is planned for 2017. A few notable developments have occurred regarding FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More since the primer was published, which provides a great opportunity for a refresh of the document.

Download the full HL7 FHIR PDF here.

Some of the notable advances of FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More over the past year include:

SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More

The FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More standard can be used for a variety of workflows; however, the key step in enabling the FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More technology is to have major vendors open up their clinical data in a FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More repository so other applications can leverage it to solve creative workflow problems.

In addition to having the data available, there is an emerging technology that would take this even one step further. The technology is called SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More, and it allows more robust functionality and creative usage of the data directly within the EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More itself. SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More would embed third-party functionality directly within the EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More application itself.

In a nutshell, SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More enables third party plug-in apps to run natively inside any compliant EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More.

The SMART project started in 2010 with a four-year, $15 million grant from the ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Of... More. The idea was to build an app platform for healthcare allowing support apps to be chosen by clinicians. At the HIMSS15 InteroperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More Showcase, several vendors demonstrated the progress they are making by incorporating SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More. All the apps use the same underlying set of platform specifications.

The SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More specs provide means for health care organizations or developers to access discrete clinical data — such as medications, problems, lab results, immunizations and patient demographics.

SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More opens up innovation in healthcare that has not been possible previously. If someone has a bright idea and creates a SMART on FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More app, the healthcare provider doesn’t need to wait for an EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More vendor to adopt the idea. Assuming they have a SMART on FHIR-compliant EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More, they can immediately take advantage of the bright idea through the use of the app.

The ArgonautThe Argonaut Project addresses the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, a joint task force of th... More Project

ArgonautThe Argonaut Project addresses the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, a joint task force of th... More is a supporting movement of FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More in the U.S. led by volunteers. Individuals within HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More were focused on keeping the FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More project on target with its self-proclaimed deadlines for adoption. This focus was especially important considering the Open API requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 3.

Several the major EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More vendor organizations also wanted to do what they could to help push development and adoption in the U.S. So HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More, along with these vendor organizations, set out to do two things through the ArgonautThe Argonaut Project addresses the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, a joint task force of th... More Project: First, they funded the work to build a U.S.-specific profile. Second, they combine resources to help market and drive adoption of the standard.

The organizations are working with HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More and the ONCOffice of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Of... More to shed light on the best way to use FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More in the U.S. considering there are some parts of FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More that are very international in perspective.

For instance, because there is no consistency around the world with how medication is encoded, FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More doesn’t make any rules about how medication is encoded. But in the context of the U.S., RxNorm is the coding system used for medication. HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More is working through many similar types of issues with the ArgonautThe Argonaut Project addresses the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, a joint task force of th... More members. This will hopefully help drive a cleaner, more consistent standard for the U.S., along with a speedier adoption due to the buy-in of the larger vendor organizations that are participating.

Where does FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More go from here?

The industry is waiting to embrace a standard that offers something better, but given the embedded nature of HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More V2, the transition will not happen overnight. FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More tries to fill the gaps that exist with the standards in use today, as was discussed in the full HL7 FHIRFHIR stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resource. This emerging standard combines the best fea... More Primer.

While the healthcare marketplace will decide whether FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More survives, coexists, or replaces other products, the modern technologies that it is based on (RESTful, JSON) have already won over other industries.

Additionally, other standards organizations are jumping on board to support HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More in the development of FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More. One of those is IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More International, which plans to leverage FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More across several profiles including: MHD (mobile XDS), PIXPatient Identifier Cross Referencing (PIX) What it is used for: Cross-referencing multiple local pat... More/PDQ (patient identification), and PCC (medical devices).

I encourage you to download the full FHIR document, which includes the basics of health data exchange using FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More, along with the new developments listed in this blog post.

Stay tuned to for many exciting developments around FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More as it continues to be utilized by many major EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More vendors and, of course, leading interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More software vendors such as Corepoint Health.

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