Resources are the data packages used to send or receive data from a 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... repository. With STU-3, Standard for Trial Use, release 3 of FHIR, there are currently 92 resources defined. The HL7 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... organization wants enough resources to handle 80% of the healthcare workflows, but does not want so many that the standard would become too complex.
Resources are meant to capture a meaningful amount of data. For example, the following table provides examples of what would be, and would not be, a FHIR resource. Things like patient demographic data or allergies provide the perfect amount of data. For those familiar with HL7 V2 messaging, a resource would typically contain about the same amount of data as a segment in a HL7 V2 message.
The data housed within resources is broken out into four parts, in the following order:
- Metadata – Contains details about the resource, such as when it was last updated.
- Narrative – Contains XHTML so that the resource can be read in browsers without having to parse apart all the data
- Extensions – Used to include data that is not part of the defined structure of the resource
- Elements – Contains the structured data of the resource
Learn more about FHIR
Dave Shaver, Co-Chair of the FHIR 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... Governance Board, provides an in-depth look at how FHIR will impact the future of health data exchange, including:
- What differentiates FHIR from other Health Standards?
- Where might FHIR be used?
- Where does FHIR go from here?
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