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Q&A: A beginner’s guide to FHIR

  • George E. Cole, Jr.
  • 01/06/2016

Interest in FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is growing as the standard for exchanging healthcare information takes shape. What is it and what will it mean for healthcare providers? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers: Q. What is FHIR? A. FHIR (pronounced “fire”) is a newly emerging international specification that standardizes the exchange of electronic healthcare information. First sponsored by Health Level Seven International (HL7) in 2011, FHIR incorporates the best features from previously developed standards. Q. How is FHIR different from other interoperability standards? A. The major difference between FHIR and other standards is simplicity and flexibility. Fast – the F in FHIR – expresses the intent to make this standard faster to learn, develop and implement. Essentially, each application of the FHIR standard requires  a resource approach to the information model (e.g., Medication, Procedure, or Immunization), […]