What would it mean for healthcare if the countless electronic health records (EHR) and health information systems (HIS) could speak the same data language? That goal of healthcare data interoperability is a growing challenge in a complex healthcare continuum. What’s at stake is the ability to make patients and consumers part of the healthcare data cycle with a real shot at improving health outcomes for all patients.
Data in healthcare is big and complex with dozens of languages and codes that make Semantic interoperability between different systems an unrealized goal. But the latest draft of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards framework (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) may solve the healthcare data interoperability dilemma.
The Nature of FHIR and Health Data Interoperability?
FHIR works in conjunction with an application programming interface (API), which is the toolset used for building applications. This internet-based data standard has been developed by the not-for-profit the standards developing organization known as Health Level 7 (HL7), which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). FHIR works by assigning shareable identifiers to data elements or resources, which enables discrete data sharing rather than document-based exchange.
If a standardized version is adopted by all Health Information System (HIS) developers, it holds the potential to …