FHIR 4 Will Drive Health Data Interoperability Progress: Is Pharma Learning?

Bill Siwicki writing for Healthcare IT News reports on the emergence of interoperability standard FHIR and version 4. Health Level Seven recently debuted FHIR 4 summarizing advancements and improvements. FHIR represents a key health information data exchange standard. This author has been involved with implementations of care coordination systems—connecting Medicaid-based, public managed care providers with community-based providers with the goal of supporting and facilitating shared care plans for improved outcomes including a) individual outcomes b) population outcomes and c) cost reduction-especially in regards to emergency department (ED) visits.

TrialSite News recommends biopharma sponsors start learning FHIR as it is the key data standard moving forward for health providers including academic medical centers involved with clinical research. We recently wrote about how Pfizer and Ochsner Health were embracing FHIR to speed up clinical trials. Mr. Siwicki noted that Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and chair of the HL7 Advisory Council told Healthcare IT News that “no single technical standard is going to solve the problem of health IT interoperability, FHIR included.” However Mr. Tripathi noted “That said, FHIR is a modern interoperability standard that is more flexible and more functional than the standards in current use in healthcare today” moreover “it is bi-directional, read or write; flexible to different levels of granularity, individual data elements or whole documents; and it supports pluggable appl like one might download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.”