CDHI Goes to FHIR Dev Days 2019:What’s New With FHIR, the Healthcare Data Interoperability Standard that Enables Digital Health

When the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation was established in 2012, we saw the availability of healthcare data and ease of exchange as one of the critical hurdles to overcome to enable digital innovation.  We knew then that healthcare was lacking standard API’s for healthcare data interoperability, and we immediately saw the value and applicability of a promising standards proposal created by a group within HL7, called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).  FHIR utilized modern API’s based on REST and XML/JSON which CDHI believed necessary for digital health innovation, and since its inception, UCSF has created several digital health apps that utilize FHIR. Today FHIR continues to improve with increased maturity, adoption, and engagement, and CDHI continues to explore how these improvements can be leveraged to improve digital patient care. 

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4 problems industry groups have with the ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework

With the proposed Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is attempting to provide a single "on-ramp" to nationwide data sharing. 

While most industry groups support the goals of this initiative, the timeline for implementation is too aggressive, and the framework is still too broad and does not provide enough clarity as to how it will be rolled out, many organizations say. 

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