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.