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New twist on FHIR: HIT standards enable PATIENT access to health data

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From the Health IT Interoperability blog:

Earlier this month, members of the Regenstrief Institute demonstrated the potential for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources.


“The shift toward more patient access to their record and the provider community being more comfortable with that — it’s simply a matter of a generation,” Regenstrief Institute investigator and Clem McDonald Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Indiana University School of Medicine Titus Schleyer, MD, PhD, told


“When you think of millennials who don’t know anything but having access to all their data everywhere,” he continued. “When they start flooding the healthcare system and the more established physicians get washed out, it is going to reach a different equilibrium than what we have now.”


Over the past 3 years, FHIR has started to open eyes in the industry to what modern health data interoperability can look like… and the first normative edition of FHIR hasn’t even been released by HL7 International (release date is rumored to be early 2017).

Our CTO Dave Shaver is heavily involved with bringing FHIR to the marketplace, serving as the chair of the HL7 FHIR Governance Committee. He was interviewed by Leonard Kish at HIMSS16 about the current progress of the standard, and where it is likely to be adopted first. Take a look:

If you’d like to read more about FHIR, you can download our HL7 FHIR Primer, and read an article in Healthcare IT News, where Dave was interviewed about the progress of FHIR.

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