Will 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 be used with telehealth and telemedicine?
Answer from 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... More Governance Board Co-Chair and Corepoint Health CTO Dave Shaver:
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The initial motivating examples for FHIR's creation was, in fact, mobile health. So the distinction in my mind between telehealth and mobile health is that telehealth is remote presence. I'm able to talk to a physician through a webcam or through some sort of feed that can perhaps lead to a remote diagnosis.
Mobile health is, in my mind, simply being able to get access to data remotely.
A great example of that might look like: I've got an outpatient Electronic Medical Record (EMR), as defined in Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, April 28, 2008): An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be... More and, of course, I've got my own database. When I'm sitting in my office, I've got the ability to put in a prescription and that prescription is then sent off to the cloud. My patient can then pick up that prescription at their favorite pharmacy.
The problem I have occurs after hours: How does the provider access and interact with the database so I can request a refill?
Historically, the way this works is I've got my cloud-based application and I've got a database in the cloud where the provider has to push and deliver the information all the time. So after hours, the caregiver would be required to log in to the cloud-based application and authorize the refill request.You can imagine that FHIR would allow us to do a couple things.
Rather than require the caregiver to present herself or himself to the cloud via the database in the sky, the provider would be allowed to directly gain access to the data through the cloud.
Taking it one step further using a FHIR API, you could imagine eliminating the cloud aspect entirely and the caregiver could have a mobile application that allows direct interaction with the database. Rather than it being a cloud-based sign on process in the lab application, this FHIR API allows me to quickly gain access to just the areas of the record that the caregiver needs.