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The ONC working to connect and accelerate a FHIR App Ecosystem 

Read the full article at: www.healthit.gov [1]

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC [2]) 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 [3] 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 FHIR [4], 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!