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Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

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Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a web-based standard for sharing, integrating and retrieving clinical health data and other electronic health information. Continued…

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“It’s true that using FHIR doesn’t mean interoperability. It doesn’t mean there is a flaw in the standard itself. But if you are going to get to true interoperability, you have to add further clarification and constraint on exactly how to use FHIR in a particular situation.” – Stan Huff

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Why the FHIR standard may not get us to interoperability
The FHIR standard was supposed to be the glue that brought EHRs together and interoperability to healthcare data. But with little industry buy-in, challenges with semantic agreement and the absence of a business case, the future looks bleak for the API’s intended use.

Tech giants support FHIR standard. Will that make a difference?
Six major technology companies have signed a joint statement in support of healthcare interoperability efforts, including the FHIR standard. It’s early days, but opinions are split on how much this will help.

Questions about the FHIR standard? We have expert answers
Debate over healthcare interoperability rages on, and experts are working to promote the FHIR standard API to help solve the problems. During the 2018 AMIA Conference, a group of clinicians attended a FHIR ‘bootcamp’ that even included some programming. Here are the key takeaways from the meeting.

Why healthcare APIs will save lives, money and time
APIs, an open source approach and a passion for interoperability are the keys to healthcare’s digital future. Intermountain’s Stan Huff talks about what is at stake and how to begin using healthcare APIs.

A new breed of interoperable EHR apps is coming, but slowly
The idea of interoperable EHR apps that can run on any electronic medical records system has been a sort of Holy Grail for the healthcare industry, and now it’s starting to happen. More work has to be done, particularly around standards, but early efforts appear promising.

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The concept of electronic health records ______ interoperability.
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