HIMSS 2015 is fast approaching and the "hot topic" heading into the conference is, without a doubt, 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

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 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, 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 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 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 CDAClinical Document Architecture (CDA) HL7 CDA uses XML for encoding of the documents and breaks down the document in generic, unnamed, and non-templated sections. Documents can include discharge summaries, progress notes, history and physical reports,... More, 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:

  1. Faster to learn and implement
  2. Lower cost
  3. Scales well from simple to complex
  4. Flexible
  5. Free
If you'll be in Chicago at the conference, please stop by and say Hi! Booth 8115.
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