HL7 FHIR Use Cases

HL7 FHIR has the potential to make needed changes to the way data is communicated across the healthcare spectrum. A major difference between FHIR and other versions of HL7 is that data exchange using FHIR maintains a single source of truth, rather than having multiple versions of the same record propagated through systems via HL7 v2. This leads to greater flexibility and more timely access to accurate data for clinicians and patients alike. The two workflows below help demonstrate these advantages.


Workflow 1

In this workflow, an HL7 v2 order message is sent to the lab via Corepoint Integration Engine. The lab then returns the order result using HL7 v2. Corepoint Integration Engine then takes the HL7 v2 order result message and stores it into a FHIR repository in the EHR.

Once in the EHR, the result data is available to anyone with the proper credentials. Clinicians can view the data using with their favorite app that uses FHIR. This eliminates having to use the lab portal or another extra system to view the results. The patients can also use a FHIR app to view the results. Similarly, there is no requirement that a patient needs to log onto the lab portal and keep up with one more password.



Workflow 2

In this workflow, immunization data is sent to the state and stored in a FHIR repository. As in the previous example, this allows flexibility for both clinicians and patients to access immunization data.

Instead of having to log into a state-provided portal, clinicians and patients can use their favorite FHIR-capable healthcare app to view immunization records. This allows for flexibility in using an application that is familiar to the user, and allows accurate patient data to be integrated and viewed through one application.


There are many potential workflows that FHIR enables. Read about more use cases in our FHIR Primer.

FHIR Primer

Learn more about FHIRFHIR Primer The resource for healthcare providers

Dave Shaver, Co-Chair of the HL7 FHIR 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?

Download Primer

Download our HL7 FHIR primer as you plan a modern, integrated healthcare IT environment.

Register for an upcoming FHIR: First Steps training class.

Part 1: FHIR application framework & SMART on FHIR


Part 2: The role of an engine in the future of interoperability

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