Health IT 101

What is FHIR®?

FHIR® – Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) – is a next generation standards framework created by Health Level 7 International (HL7), a not-for-profit standards development organization. FHIR solutions are built from a set of standards describing data formats and elements called resources. These resources can easily be assembled into working systems that solve real world clinical and administrative problems. FHIR can be used to connect a wide variety of devices on platforms including mobile phone apps, cloud communications, EHR-based data sharing, and server communication in large institutions. With the proper authorization, FHIR allows physicians and other healthcare providers to quickly obtain specific, well-defined information about a patient, like their body mass index or current medication list. This makes it more efficient to obtain the needed information than current methods, which only transfer complete patient documents. By utilizing the latest innovations in web service technologies like open application programming interfaces (APIs), FHIR has the potential to revolutionize the way we exchange and use health data.  

The following resources provide further information about FHIR:

API in Health Care Tutorial 
This tutorial breaks down what APIs are and how they can be used in health care. It explains several potential applications of APIs, such as mobile apps for patients to see all their electronic health records (EHRs) in one place. The tutorial also discusses the federal regulations that must be considered when working with APIs.


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