A major US company has responded to US Government call for health care companies to publish their APIs. They suggest that a set of incompatible APIs do not move things forward. FHIR makes for a better data access standard and the issue has parallels in the GPSoC initiative to mandate open APIs. Click for more.
After a two year
development HL7 FHIR has been published as an official Draft Standard for Trial
Use (DSTU). The DSTU
label has been used with prior HL7 specifications with varying intentions.
Not all those making use of FHIR may be familiar with HL7
Standards Processes. For this reason, the FHIR Management Group is
providing the following guidance
for the users of the FHIR specification to make clear HL7's intentions.
HL7 UK held a FHIR hack day at the NCVO London on 12th December. In attendance
we had one of the world's leading FHIR experts - Ewout Kramer, of Furore in the Netherlands. Ewout gave an
excellent FHIR day at an HL7 UK Technical Committee earlier in the year and is
one of the three people who initiated FHIR at HL7 International.
HL7 UK held an Interoperability Forum on Friday 22nd November in
London. Industry speakers presented on topics covering CDA, FHIR and
EHR Implementation. Slides and presentations from the event are available to
A new site has been launched (by the NHS), dedicated to information standards
in health and social care. The site was developed by the Health and Social
Care Information Centre, NHS England, the Department of Health and other
commissioning partners. The website is intended to support delivery of health and social care. It provides a space
where you can locate information standards and supporting materials and
participate in the development of standards, share existing work and collaborate
on new initiatives.
Expressions of interest for the "Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards"
Technology Fund had to be in by 31st July, but Trusts may still be wondering
how best to use the standards mentioned in the NHS document - and perhaps in
those bids. This new whitepaper from HL7 UK sets out a recommended strategy
for making use of the technologies that NHS England recommends.