Take Advantage Of FHIR API: 4 Secret Reasons

Digital arm presses API circle depicting the advantage of FHIR API

As the COVID-19 has affected the whole world, the demand for virtual care and easy to use medical applications are started increasing day by day. As we discussed in our previous blog about how FHIR simplifies healthcare application development, here is all about FHIR API – why it is better when compared to other APIs.

1. FHIR Drives Interoperability

Interoperability has been a hot topic in the healthcare
industry. Being able to share critical clinical data between disparate systems
in a way that makes it easily accessible, while still retaining the security of
sensitive patient health information, has always been one of the most
challenging issues.

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) has
quickly become one of the most popular protocols for the development of an
application-based approach to interoperability and health information exchange.

FHIR drives interoperability by not only improving clinician efficiency but enabling safer transitions of care, saving clinician time, helping lower healthcare costs, maintaining patient privacy, and reducing treatment and medication errors.

Using a standardized API, FHIR allows developers to create
apps that transcend this document-based environment. Those applications can be
plugged into a basic EHR operating system and feed information directly into
the provider workflow. So that it avoids the issues of document-based exchange,
which often requires the provider to access data separately.

2. FHIR For healthcare information sharing

In today’s healthcare marketplace, the available traditional
standardization processes nearly take too long and often not flexible enough.
But, FHIR enables easier, faster, and especially more flexible development of
interfaces that also scales well. The biggest advantage of FHIR is that it is
very easy for developers to use it. But to achieve healthcare interoperability
in long term, the FHIR needs to be implemented correctly.

Many initiatives have been set around this standard, encouraging the overall creation of an open ecosystem where clinical apps can proliferate and be reused (SMART on FHIR). 

Programs like the Patient Access APIs rely on the newest HL7 standard, in this case, to give the individual the tools to gain medical insights and shop for care accordingly.  Public FHIR servers are available for programmers to reach and test their applications, with the hope of sparking innovation and competition in the market.


3. FHIR community offers ongoing training and support

The FHIR standard continues to evolve and from now onwards
will be backward compatible. Due to its global prevalence, the FHIR community
provides tooling, training, and resources available with country-specific
content. HL7 encourages and supports all adopters of FHIR, from established
healthcare networks to entities just starting on their interoperability

4. Security In FHIR

With any environment that deals with Personal Health
Information (PHI), security and privacy aspects are paramount. Even when FHIR
does not define security capabilities, it indicates protocols and protection
measures to adopt for sharing clinical resources.

The SMART (Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable
Technologies) on the FHIR project has worked towards a platform where
innovative apps can be built once and reused safely anywhere in the healthcare

Concepts, resources, and labels are valid tools that can be
adopted to suit the variety of policies that require compliance according to
regions, legislations, and organizations’ guidelines.

Final Thoughts

FHIR APIs is the primary standard that carries the
individual closer to their information, making advances into real patient
engagement as well as data contribution.

FHIR APIs are vital to the interoperability venture, where information can stream flawlessly across organizations, arriving at the perfect healthcare provider at the perfect time. The consistency and semantically right nature of FHIR resources empower its adoption, not only amongst technology vendors but across national health systems.

About The Author

Author: Pandi Paramasivan
Website: https://in.linkedin.com/in/pandians

Pandi is the founder and CEO of CapMinds, a cutting-edge healthtech company dedicated to empowering individuals to take control of their well-being. Under his 13 years of leadership, CapMinds has completed more than 100 healthcare projects that include customization and integration for OpenEMR, HL7 FHIR, Mirth Connect, Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, Connected Health, and more.

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