While still a draft standard, FHIR, the younger sibling of interoperability standard HL7, is already being used by developers.

The creators of Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) consider it a draft standard for trial use. But Charles Jaffe, M.D. — peripatetic CEO at Health Level Seven (HL7) International, the nonprofit health IT standards organization behind FHIR — travels the U.S. and Europe urging developers not to wait until FHIR is an officially approved standard, but to put it into action now. FHIR can help organizations build easy-to-use cloud-, Web- and mobile-friendly healthcare applications by simplifying patient record database queries.

Some developers are already listening.

Software company uses FHIR for consent work

Jericho Systems Corp., a Dallas-based software firm active in the health information exchange (HIE) and HIPAA consent spaces, employed FHIR to build Consentral, a patient-directed consent management program that is part of Jericho’s EnterSpace Exchange HIE system.

Consentral started five years ago as a pilot that grew out of a U.S. Department of Defense grant. It then became a demonstration project for patient-controlled health data supported by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT.


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