Orion Health to support FHIR in Rhapsody

Orion Health has shown its support for the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) draft interoperability standard by opening up its Rhapsody integration engine to include FHIR capabilities.

FHIR, devised by Australian interoperability expert Grahame Grieve and supported by HL7, uses a contemporary web services approach to make exchanging data between incompatible systems much simpler and easier.

Its 'resources' have been tailored to be used with a RESTful interface, the design model for developing web APIs that is used by Google, Facebook and Yahoo.

FHIR promises to provide a way to exchange defined pieces of healthcare information rather than documents, which is the current approach used by architectures such as CDA.

Orion Health believes the inclusion of FHIR capabilities within Rhapsody will enable developers and vendors to more easily develop new solutions based on the standard, convert legacy systems and incorporate new FHIR exchanges without incurring the time and expense of a full software migration.

Orion Health's product strategist David Hay said in a statement that clinicians were frustrated by the difficulty of passing healthcare information between colleagues.

“By improving interoperability, FHIR will make it easier for hospitals to share information to internal staff and external organisations,” Dr Hay said. “It will become a straightforward matter to request a blood test, send and receive lab results, forward diagnoses or issue a discharge summary.”

Orion Health's country manager Andrew Howard said FHIR had the potential to revolutionise interoperability within the healthcare industry and that it was likely to start doing so within the year.

“Even though the standard is still in draft format, there are many trials under way around the world,” Mr Howard said. “There's a lot of enthusiasm for it within the industry and we fully expect to see trials taking place in this region within the next 12 months.”

FHIR is currently a draft standard for trial use (DSTU), with a second DTSU release due by the middle of the year.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth


0 # Klaus 2015-03-02 11:41
For further reading (or viewing) on FHIR, see




0 # Koray Atalag 2015-03-05 21:36
That's great achievement - agreed with the forecast on FHIR's early impact and benefits. Our developers say FHIR is the best thing they ever received from a healthcare standards body!

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