Readers have responded with interest to our new magazine, Continuum. Created for healthcare professionals, it features industry insights and Allscripts client success stories. In the 2Q 2016 issue, you’ll find articles that address some of healthcare IT’s most pressing questions: How can we help deliver safer medications? Teams of clinicians at Atlantic General Hospital used Allscripts Sunrise™ to standardize and automate several processes, reducing medication errors by 86% over three years. What is FHIR and what does it mean for me? Has FHIR “kindled” your interest? Learn about this emerging interoperability standard through most frequently asked questions. Which capabilities will lead to truly integrated care? Senior Vice President and General Manager of Population Health Martha Thorne describes population health technology and which capabilities will ultimately lead to success. What does it take to provide patient-centered care for people with autism spectrum disorders? […]

Editor’s note – Learn the basics in  A beginner’s guide to FHIR. The article below answers additional frequently asked questions about FHIR. Clients are asking good questions about FHIR and what it means for them. Here are a few that we’ve received about the emerging interoperability standard: How does FHIR relate to the API requirement for 2015 certification? To achieve 2015 certification, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) requires EHRs to be able to retrieve patient data using APIs. ONC did not specify FHIR as a requirement for the API certification, categorizing FHIR in the 2016 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory as piloted with low adoption. However, ONC’s documentation reflects FHIR in its phrasing and direction, so it’s clear that ONC is generally supportive of the evolving standard. How do FHIR Resources compare to Clinical Document […]

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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), […]