Guide To FHIR For Patients: Why It Matters?


FHIR offers vast improvements when compared to the previous standards, and increased interoperability in healthcare systems stood first among all. As we all know that FHIR benefits healthcare providers, payers, and patients, patients are the one who stands to gain the most from interoperability.

Nowadays patients are started showing a slight interest in their healthcare data.  By controlling their healthcare data, the patient can understand their health condition even better and make better decisions about their medical care, can deal with health insurance plans that suit best for their needs, and more. In this article, we discussed why FHIR matters for patients.

3 Reasons That Proves Why FHIR Matters For Patients

1. Patient Can Take Control In Their Own Healthcare

Patient engagement is the most critical factor for achieving successful practice growth. The significant difficulty in achieving this relates to the services and portals that differ from provider-to-provider and healthcare practice to practice. The greatest benefit of FHIR is that it has the ability for patients to engage in their healthcare, with the ability to quickly and easily share data, the costs can also be eliminated.

Famous Tech firms like Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon are started moving towards FHIR. Their association with the tech that patients utilize each day considers fitness trackers and other healthcare applications incorporated into the patient’s general health record. Patients who are tracking calories, or logging their exercise will have the option to rapidly and effectively communicate that information to their medical services supplier similarly that their suppliers will have the option to send information back to them.

The patient can take control of healthcare data and with whom they want to share. For example, the patient can able to decide whether they will share data from their last provider visit, the last month, or the last year. Apart from this, they can also control the types of data that are shared. For example, they can only share prescribed medications or diagnoses and treatments.


2. Adult Caregivers Can Benefit From FHIR 

Tracking health data from various systems is a difficult task for even individual patients, the same way for adult caregivers it’s a whole new level of difficulty. Here Personal FHIR Record (PFR) reduces this kind of burden by allowing a single point with which all data streams can connect. This centralization of data makes it very easy to aggregate data and analyze it in bulk. It eliminates the need for time-intensive phone calls and records requests, allowing caregivers to transport data between appointments and providers easily.

3. FHIR Improves Patient Care

Like we discussed in our previous blog, how interoperability can improve patient care? Improved quality of care is good for both providers and patients. By creating benefits for both, FHIR allows healthcare providers to focus more on their patient’s clinical needs and less on their administrative works. The secure aggregation of data from numerous specialties will allow providers to identify patterns in patient health and allow them to issue improved preventative care for patients showing early warning signs. With FHIR, the improved portability and interoperability will lead to timely and safer patient care.

Final Thoughts

Digging deeper, FHIR serves numerous benefits for the healthcare industry and offers a great opportunity for patients to take care of their healthcare fully. Ready to take advantage of FHIR for your healthcare practice? Make your development much faster with CapMinds FHIR implementation and support services.

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