8. SUMMARY AND NEXT STEPS

The development of FHIR®-based standards is moving at pace, but practical implementations are still in their infancy. It seems inevitable that FHIR® will change the course of how health data is exchanged and unearthing the potential of big data, enhancing population health, improving coordinated care delivery – all supporting the move towards patient-centric care against a backdrop of global healthcare challenges.

Practical steps for healthcare providers to embrace FHIR® and its benefits, include:

1. BE RESOURCEFUL

Search for FHIR®-enabled technology, such as ENOVACOM Data Repository and ENOVACOM Integration Engine that require no additional work/resource to connect via APIs. If you have a team working on standards development, FHIR® has free working code for the most popular languages – do not reinvent the wheel.

2. SHARE AND LEARN FROM EXPERIENCES

Join the accessible FHIR® community, attend HL7 conferences, and learn about others’ successes and failures. There is a lot of support available both online and at meet ups, ‘connectathons’ and conferences.

3. EMBRACE CHANGE

Digital health professionals are busy reacting to short-term needs, but the future really is about FHIR®. Allocate time for innovation and try to generate some small successes, for example, linking a thrombosis indicator to an EHR, to show colleagues and management peers what can be achieved.

4. BE PIONEERING

Using FHIR® for interesting projects or to meet current healthcare challenges will stimulate interest and debate among the FHIR® and wider health IT community.

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