HIMSS 2015 is fast approaching and the "hot topic" heading into the conference is, without a doubt, HL7 FHIR.
As our customers know, our CTO Dave Shaver is one of the industry's top experts on the emerging health data standard. To help advance the dialog around FHIR, Dave will present five whiteboard sessions for HIMSS attendees at our booth, #8115, at the following times:
- Mon., April 13: 2 pm
- Tues., April 14: 11 am & 2 pm
- Wed., April 15: 11 am & 2 pm
Advance registration is not required, but you can reserve your seat today.
Dave currently serves as the co-chair of both the HL7 FHIR Governance Board and the HL7 Infrastructure and Messaging Committee. He received the 2011 HL7 W. Ed Hammond Volunteer of the Year award and was named an HL7 Fellow in 2013.
In addition to Dave's FHIR sessions, you can pick up a copy of our new HL7 FHIR white paper, which provides an in-depth look at how FHIR will change the future of health data exchange, including:
- How FHIR utilizes modern, "lightweight" methods for data exchange
- A comparison to standards in use today
- Where might FHIR be used?
- Where does FHIR go from here?
HL7 FHIR began with an open-ended question: What would health data exchange look like if we started from scratch using modern approaches? To answer this question, HL7 turned to other industries for ideas. Recent interoperability successes pointed strongly to the use of RESTful based APIs, as evident in the graphic at the top of this post.
HL7 FHIR combines the best features of HL7 V2, HL7 V3, and CDA, while leveraging the latest web service technologies. FHIR is based on modular components called “resources,” and these resources can be combined to solve clinical and administrative problems in a practical way. FHIR is still being developed by HL7, but the first Draft Standard for Trial Use was available in 2014, and the first normative edition is planned for 2017.
The FHIR standard is based on the following simple five key points:
- Faster to learn and implement
- Lower cost
- Scales well from simple to complex