Saturday, June 9, 2018

Presenting IHE on FHIR at FHIR-DevDays

I am getting excited to give two IHE on FHIR tutorials at FHIR DevDays in Boston. The FHIR DevDays event is focused on educating IT professionals in the newest standard in healthcare, FHIR – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources. The FHIR specification may be the newest standard in healthcare, but it is backed by all those that have developed the previous standards (e.g. HL7, CDA, IHE, XDS,  DICOM), taking the best from experience and using the latest in RESTful API technology. For more on FHIR Dev Days 


Both tutorials will focus on IHE use of FHIR. The first tutorial will focus on a high-level view of how IHE and FHIR interact, and a broad view of the current 22 IHE Profiles that leverage FHIR. This tutorial will be most interesting to a general audience interested in Standards organizations and evolution of IHE Profiles. This tutorial is a shortened version of the IHE-on-FHIR tutorial I gave at the HL7 Workgroup meeting in Cologne.


The Second tutorial will go deeper into the IHE use of FHIR to enable API access to Document Sharing infrastructures based on XDS and/or XCA. These Document Sharing environments exist within USA, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere. The Document Sharing environment provides a way for Clinical Practitioners to publish documents (e.g. CDA, C-CDA, DICOM, PDF, etc) such as medical summary, episode of care, discharge summary, laboratory results, x-ray, CT, MRI, and other. The IHE MHD Profile defines how FHIR enabled apps can discover these documents, retrieve them, and publish new documents.

Advanced IHE Profiles that will be discussed show how these documents could be decomposed into FHIR Resources that are more naturally made available, with Provenance linkage back to the source document from which the FHIR Resource information comes.


The emergence of HL7 FHIR is very exciting, and the collaboration with IHE shows a strong endorsement. I am always excited to work with this new platform to accelerate the advancement of Healthcare.

My blog articles on the topic of FHIR, Document Sharing, and Privacy

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