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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – Located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) coordinates nationwide ... More) is investing in a three-part strategy that calls on innovators to develop market-ready software applications (apps) for consumers and healthcare providers in an effort to improve the health and care of the country. The strategy seeks to leverage the Health Level 7 – Fast Healthcare Interoperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged. Resources (FHIR®)Web Site Disclaimers standard and growing interest in an industry-wide approach to open, standardized application programming interfaces (APIs).
It's exciting to see the ONC throw their weight behind An 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, not with regulations, but with reward programs that will likely attract smaller, more innovative mobile app developers. Once non-health IT app developers get a glimplse of how RESTful-based FHIR applications can gain entry into enterprise EHRs — and vice versa — then we will surely see exciting advancements in healthcare.
You never know, the on-demand tech economy ushered in by the likes of Uber and Airbnb may soon have a presence at your doctor's office!