The Use of FHIR in HL7 Healthcare Compliance

Last Updated | February 22, 2021

FHIR or Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources was developed by Health Level Seven or HL7 for short. It coordinates healthcare information to make the processes used in healthcare more digitized.

This ensures that the patient records can be easily “available, discoverable, and understandable… without having to sacrifice information integrity.”

FHIR in HL7

Up until the late ’90s linking data from different healthcare organizations was extremely hectic and nearly impossible.

There were are number of EHRs used at that time. HL7 version 2 is one of them. It had an extremely dense protocol and its successor HL7 version 3 failed to make a lasting impact on the market as it was too complicated and confusing for its users to understand.

Keeping these challenges in mindFHIR was built to meet the modern needs of data and technology by using Electronic Health Records or EHRs for short.

FHIR is fast and easy to learn. It is an effective system to increase healthcare interoperability.

HL7 is a standard development organization that administers these standards. It is also the creator of FHIR.

FHIR is a free and open robust data model that can describe almost anything and everything in healthcare.

It has a RESTful API (exchange mechanism that requests and/or sends data from one system to another) using JSON or XML.

However, FHIR’s data model goes beyond the conventional data models and transport specifications used today.

Being a set of open source tools, it can be used to implement and test other FHIR applications.

It has a complete network of FHIR servers across the globe, enabling the users to interact with each other, be it Human Resource (HR) managers, governments, organizations, universities, and hospitals. Making it an astounding and supportive community of facilitators with a globally recognized standard.

Moreover, it offers a chatroom chat.FHIR.org, which is free of cost online platform by FHIR itself. It is available 24/7 for its implementers where they can ask questions, answer other people’s queries, make proposals and discuss and pitch ideas.

What makes FHIR such a great health care compliance standard is its FHIR manifesto. The manifesto aims to achieve a standard that is quick to implement by all of its users.

It focuses primarily on the implementors and developers.

FHIR also emphasizes greatly upon common scenarios such as the 80:20 rule. Making sure that things that go into the FHIR standard will not be considered unless it is usable, useful, and needed by 80% of the system of users worldwide.

The remaining 20% ensures that FHIR uses easy-to-use extensions from work. It is important to mention that extensions are fundamental to FHIR.

Moreover as mentioned before, FHIR is an open, free, and easy-to-use system. Its specification is licensed under Creative Common CC0, which is one of the least restrictive CC licenses.

This means that the users can easily use the application along with all of its complete features for free.

FHIR is, as the name implies, fast and easy to adopt.

Another reason for FHIR’s immense success as a health care compliance system is the fact that it has a set of roughly around 150 resources. Where an individual resource is a data model that can be used for some specific purpose.

Some examples of these resources are the patients which are a necessary part of the health care applications and patient resources ( a collection of attributes that are part of the standard FHIR data model). Moreover, encounters (hospital visits), observations, diagnostics reports, and medications are some of the resources FHIR has to offer.

Much like any other programming language, FHIR has several fixed data types. These include concepts like strings, boolean, dates, decimals, etc. However, it is to be noted that URIs and URLs are also used in FHIR’s model.

HL7 on the other hand requires a paid membership. Many people use and HL7 as a healthcare compliance system for many reasons.

Health Level Seven is a standard for transferring information between medical applications in the form of a collection of messages what then record health-related information.

HL7 is a language that enables all the health care systems to interact with each other more effectively. Through HL7 a single message is sent to all interested departments without creating confusion.

However, it is to be noted that these systems require a translator that can translate the language of HL7 into more useful information. To ensure these information integrated engines are used. 

These work alongside existing applications such as HL7 by storing the user information being provided to the integration engines in a way that can be used by the application like a file or database.

Likewise, when given new information, the integration engine system can use the existing stored information, translate it into an HL7 message that can now be sent to other systems.

FAQs

What is the use of FHIR in HL7?

Compared to other versions of HL7, that use the conventional method of dispersing multiple versions of the same record.

This information is later disseminated throughout the system.

FHIR on the other hand uses a singular data stream to exchange information. This results in a more accurate exchange of data that is being circulated across various health providers. 

This is a much effective, fast, and easy method as compared to other versions of HL7.

What is HL7’s healthcare compliance?

HL7 is one of the most widely used healthcare compliance systems worldwide. It uses a set of international standards to transfer and share data.

Thereby ensuring that the information being shared is successfully exchanged, corresponded, shared, received, and integrated by various health care providers.

What is FHIR?

Simply put, the FHIR standard, is a set of rules or guidelines that define how medical information can be exchanged between different healthcare apps irrespective of how that information is stored within those apps.

FHIR allows any kind of medical information is it administrative information, patient records, etc to be only be accessed by those who have a right to do so, solely for the benefit of the patient.

FHIR enables users to share confidential medical information in a fast, secure manner via the use of the latest technologies. Doing so, not only increases the trust of consumers but also allows for newer software solutions to be designed for the betterment of healthcare.

Is FHIR HIPPA compliant?

Yes, FHIR is a well-tested, globally renowned server that facilitates the users to comply with the technical safeguards of the HIPPA security system.

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