An article written by Sr. Product Manager Rob Brull about HL7 FHIRFHIR stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resource. This emerging standard combines the best fea... More, the new health data standard that promises to fundamentally change how applications exchange health data, was published Saturday on The Health Care Blog. THCB is a popular health care opinion blog that highlights topics aimed at improving the industry as a whole — from how care is delivered by caregivers to the challenges presented by the government's Meaningful Use program.

In the article, titled FHIR: Technology and Governance, Rob discusses why the new standard is so popular in health IT circles and why it is a key advancement in the industry's quest for real interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More, including the use of mobile devices and the inclusion of patient-generated health data in EHRElectronic Health Record (EHR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The ... More systems. However, the intent of Rob's post is to highlight the need for governance in order for FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More to avoid the same adoption issues that have plagued Direct ProjectThe Direct Project was launched by the ONC within Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 1, 2010. ... More

Data governance provides quality control for managing, using, monitoring, maintaining, and protecting PHI. It provides accountabilities for information-related processes, executed according to agreed-upon models that define what actions can be taken with the data. From Rob's post:

So if HL7HL7 is a Standards Developing Organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (... More only establishes the infrastructure for privacy and security, who is left to figure out the details of FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More governance?

…One organization that is trying help with governance is IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More International with their IUA (Internet User Authorization) profile that manages the tokens used for authorization of access to RESTful web servicesWeb services are a standardized way of integrating applications. Using open standards, businesses ca... More. If we want FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More to be successful, then we need to put as much energy and enthusiasm around governance initiatives, such as IUA, as we do the FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More technology itself.

Make no mistake, I’m not asking the industry to pump the brakes on FHIR progression and get bogged down in the same committee-driven bureaucracy that has weighed down Direct (e.g., DirectTrustThe DirectTrust organization is dedicated to build and strengthen the security and trust framework f... More). It would be wise, however, to involve IHEIntegrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industr... More or some other governing body, to streamline, safeguard, and motivate provider organizations to utilize FHIRAn HL7 standard that is short for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and pronounced “Fire... More. Using these three principles may provide a better blend to achieve FHIR- inspired health interoperabilityInteroperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information ... More.

Read Rob's The Health Care Blog FHIR post

To learn more about FHIR, check out Rob's post for our blog: The Interoperability Paradigms of HL7 FHIR.

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