The standard bodes well for future collaborative care models, even if it’s still in its infancy
The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) specification is gaining widespread attention for its potential to foster innovative approaches to sharing clinical data. As a standard, FHIR (pronounced “fire”) is just getting started; it cannot yet do everything people may want. In fact, like many innovative concepts, hype around the standard far exceeds both what it can actually do today, and what it is intended to do when it does reach maturity.
Nevertheless, FHIR is an important standard for the future of healthcare systems trying to survive in a world of value-based reimbursement, coordinated care and population health management. All such initiatives require collaboration supported by shared health records. FHIR is a prime candidate to become the standard of choice to gather the data for this collaboration, and for mobile and web applications that bring the industry closer to comprehensive, timely health information sharing.