What’s So Great About FHIR? Find Out Here

Shireen Noushad | December 27, 2021 | 90 views

FHIR Healthcare Ecosystem

Affordable healthcare is the need of the hour and interoperability is the means to that end. The healthcare ecosystem is looking into ways they can enable this affordability as soon as possible, and that is where FHIR comes in. FHR promises an on-demand exchange of secure healthcare information. It has become an increasingly popular protocol, thanks to its commitment to ensuring interoperability in the app economy, via apps.  

The privilege enjoyed by consumers and participants in most industries is the ease of accessibility of information. With most of it being on the cloud, a URL ensures access to the same information regardless of where it is being accessed from or which internet enable device. This is the privilege FHIR aims to introduce in healthcare, over the current document-based approach where forms are either faxed, emailed, or electronically exchanged.  

 

FHIR is for 

  • Building new healthcare apps 
  • Develop cloud-based health apps that integrate with social networks 
  • Providing a simple to use standards-based API for cloud-based health integration services 
  • The government looking to implement a national EHR 


FHIR Aims to Reduce Cost  

The medical expenses of an average American in a year are north of $12k and rising. The reasons are the unnecessary complications in the healthcare IT infrastructure. With FHIR, HL7 aims to reduce the burden on providers in sharing and accessing healthcare data at the point of care, thereby reducing the administrative expenses spent on moving data back and forth. It also promises to grant on-demand access to patients – enabling them to make better-informed healthcare decisions.  

 

What is part of FHIR?  

 

Pre-defined Resources and API  

  • A common way to represent data as building blocks and rules for connecting them 
  • Target support for common scenarios

 

Implementer Friendly  

  • Familiar tooling and technologies using web standards 
  • Multiple Libraries available for faster implementations 

 

Mobile Friendly  

  • Concise and easily understood specifications, RESTful API and JSON 
  • Leverages cross-industry web technologies 

 

Multi-paradigm 

  • Thick client, browser, or mobile devices 
  • Supports human readability as the base level of interoperability 

 

Large Community for Support  

  • Heaps of open-source software and training events, webinars, and connectathons  
  • Specification feedback welcomed, including update requests-tracker 

 

Out-of-the-box Interoperability  

  • Base resources can be used as it is, can also be adapted for local requirements
  • Seamless exchange of information using messages or document 


Start The FHIR  

Health plans are jumping on the FHIR bandwagon faster than ever thanks to the Interoperability and Patient Access rule as well as the latest proposals. Do not get left behind or sustain the ramifications of non-compliance with CMS regulations.  

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