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FHIR Adoption and Implementation Problems


Kishore Pendyala is the CEO of KP-Tech Services

HL7 introduced Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources in 2014 as a replacement for the HL7V2 and V3 standards. FHIR, an open standard originally drafted in 2011, makes data exchange easier than ever for both legacy systems as well as new apps. FHIR was designed to increase interoperability and communication efficiency, as well as facilitate implementation. Clear specifications were provided and developers can use popular Web tools. 

FHIR and HL7 

FHIR and HL7 differ in the fact that HL7 can only support XML whereas FHIR supports RESTful Web Services and open technologies like XML. FHIR builds on older standards such as HL7 CDA V2, V2 and V3. It supports a wider array of technologies, making it more user-friendly. 

FHIR provides a range of options for data exchange among systems. FHIR supports the RESTful API strategy which replaces one-to many interfaces with point to-point interfaces. As a result, data exchange is more efficient and takes less time to reach new partners. The…

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