A HIMSS Event | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019

September 16-18, 2019 | Santa Clara, CA

FHIR Promises to Blaze Path Toward Interoperability

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

Sharing patient data across devices, systems and providers—or interoperability—is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a promising Internet-based standard called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Healthcare standards organization Health Level Seven (HL7) International released version 4 in January.

Microsoft recently announced the launch of Azure API for FHIR, which aims to help health systems and connected medical device startups implement a move to the cloud. For entrepreneurs looking to disrupt healthcare, FHIR holds enormous potential. Unlike previous standards designed to support sharing patient documents, FHIR enables easier retrieval of specific information relevant to the provider workflow. With FHIR, for example, physicians can directly access a patient’s immunization record instead of searching through an entire 40-page health record to hunt for the data needed to provide treatment.

Grahame Grieve, FHIR product director, at HIMSS19, shared how the interoperability standard is expected to drive patient-centered, data-driven care. To learn more, watch: HL7’s Grieve shares how FHIR will set data free, empowering patients, providers.


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