In March 2017, HL7 published the new FHIR Release 3 specification. It is the result of a lot of investment by the FHIR community, with hundreds of people processing more than 2400 change proposals over 18 months.
What are the major changes?
More utility for clinical decision support and clinical quality measures
Broader functionality for key clinical workflows
Extended development of terminology services and support for financial management
Definition of an RDF format, and of how FHIR relates to Linked Data
Incremental improvements and increased maturity of the RESTful API and conformance framework
FHIR: Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources
FHIR – pronounced ‘fire’ – uses existing web technology (RESTful APIs) and the most recent web standards for exchanging data between different healthcare information systems. FHIR’s reusable building blocks, called “Resources”, allow you to quickly build applications for exchanging both administrative and care-related data. Simple to implement, and requiring only low investment (in both time and money), it enables plenty of opportunities in mobile apps and cloud applications.
Amaron and FHIR
At Amaron, we are convinced that FHIR opens up endless possibilities in the field of interoperability. We are currently working on a FHIR project at the Jan Yperman hospital in Ypres, Belgium. The goal of this project is to unlock patient information via FHIR, and make it available to 3rd party applications.