Originally posted in Health Standards, by our Sr. Product Manager Rob Brull.

Grieve discussed four interoperability paradigms as they relate to FHIR.  The interoperability paradigms are:

Graphic courtesy of Grahame Grieve.

  1. REST
  2. Documents
  3. Messages
  4. Services

FHIR is meant to be flexible to use and easy to implement. FHIR does not care about the architectural design of the systems. It works equally well for light (mobile) clients and heavy (infrastructure) clients. It can be used for push-based requirements or query-based requirements.

FHIR is promising in many different ways and it will be interesting to watch as it develops and more folks voice their praises and concerns.

Rob has written extensively on FHIR and RESTful web services over the past 3 or so years. To learn more about how FHIR will be used in health data exchange in the coming years, visit our FHIR resources page where we have published a wealth of information, from a basic primer to a full 30-minute webinar presentation on the topic from our CTO Dave Shaver. 

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