Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources has emerged from HL7 Fresh Look initiative (Jan 2011). Pronounced as “Fire”, it is a framework for data exchange technologies which offers interoperability capabilities of RIM but hides the complexity of V3.
FHIR is a draft specification that is still undergoing development prior to balloting as a full HL7 standard
Many of us are very excited about this and some have named it as V4 (it will not be marketed as V4 by HL7).
From here I would like to divert this discussion towards a need for a Fresh Look.
With the announcement of FHIR there are many speculations. Some of the concerns are:
Will it replace v2/v3?
Shall I wait for FHIR?
It is too early to decide if it will replace v2/v3 but not recommended to wait for it. FHIR is still a work in progress & how market responds to it will decide many upcoming trends in healthcare data exchange.
Hl7 is committed to the development and support of V2 & V3 artifacts. Hl7 has released V2.7 and also working to release CDA R3. There continue to be markets for all HL7 standards.
For now, it will not replace existing standards but all these standards will co-exist and work together for better healthcare service.
With this I see more opportunities for integration engine/service providers in future.
I will explain basics of FHIR in my next post.