FHIR and HealthTerm

Background Information

The digitalization of healthcare data makes patient records easily accessible and understandable. In order to make informed clinical decisions, data must also be structured and standardized. 

What is FHIR?

FHIR stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and is a standard that allows for electronic health information exchange. It is focused on targeted requests for specific types of health data and not broad documents that contain a range of different types of health data. FHIR has two powerful capabilities. First, FHIR simplifies implementation without compromising data integrity. Second, FHIR has mechanism for traceability to the HL7 RIM and other content models. 

A defined standard for these formats and interfaces allows for much simpler integration between FHIR supporting solutions.

Resource is the basic building block in FHIR. Any exchangeable content such as data or information is defined as a resource. Resources share a few characteristics which include common set of metadata, human readable part, and a common way to define and represent them. 

HL7 to FHIR Update

For the past twenty years, HL7 produced healthcare data exchange and information modeling standards. Emerging industry approaches created the FHIR – which is a new specification. 

FHIR is Relevant for HealthTerm

HealthTerm is a terminology platform is unique in having a full set of tools to create and maintain all types of code systems and at the same time, it has the performance/security to handle the biggest healthcare enterprises on run-time look-up. 

FHIR is integrated into HealthTerm, which allows for easier patient record access and understandability. FHIR has defined terminology focused resources which allow for common requests that are made for terminology lookup and validation. This, in turn, leads to more informed clinical decisions. 

HealthTerm is working on releasing support for the DSTU3 version of the FHIR Terminology resources and operations.

We look forward to the positive changes the FHIR and HealthTerm will continue to bring. 


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