The path to health data interoperability has been a tortuous one. When HL7 first introduced FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability) nearly 9 years ago, a disruptive wave was set in motion. The changes that FHIR envisioned would embrace long-established internet technology and the precept that the implantation community was at the forefront. The report of the JASON Task Force provided a clear and achievable path to that goal, beginning with the enablement of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). From that Task Force, the Argonaut Project, a private-sector initiative, emerged to drive FHIR implementation. In early 2018, Apple announced that it had leveraged the Argonaut implementation guide and embedded it within its operating system. To date, over 500 health systems have partnered to enable patients to access to their health data. FHIR has enabled the exchange of biomedical data over the broad continuum including patient care, population health, accountable care and personalized medicine. In March of this year, both the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinated for Health IT (ONC) released two complementary Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to improve the Interoperability of health data. This panel will explore the emergence of FHIR, the milestones in its development, and the value brought to the FHIR implementers and the health of the worldwide community we serve.

Learning Objective: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1) leverage the power of the HL7 FHIR platform for patient care, applied research, population health, or precision medicine;
2) formulate technical, business, and workflow strategies that enable the integration of open APIs (Application Programing Interfaces) and HL7 FHIR resources to enhance interoperability initiatives and data integration;
3) exploit the ease of FHIR implementation to enhance technical strategies, reduce development time, decrease project implementation costs;
4) gain a greater understanding of the implications of the final rule-making by ONC and CMS.


Charles Jaffe (Presenter)
Health Level 7 International

Joshua Mandel (Presenter)

Shannon Sartin (Presenter)
Department of Health & Human Services

Steven Posnack (Presenter)
Department of Health & Human Services

J. Marc Overhage (Presenter)
Cerner Corporation

Micky Tripathi (Presenter)
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

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