In the world of healthcare, there have been many mountains we’ve had to climb as of late. ICD-10 delays, the move from volume to value, revisions to Medicaid, shifting payments, and in the interoperability range, there’s been FHIR.

But the new HL7 standards, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), may only be a false summit in the interoperability climb.

The Health Level Seven International (HL7) organization sets protocols and standards for clinical and administrative data within the healthcare space. The collaborative effort of tackling these standards has been felt in all spaces, from physicians, to interface developers, to payers. The end goal being reaching the interoperability mountain summit.

The two previous HL7 versions were supposed to solve the same Electronic Data Interface issues but, unfortunately, fell short. Some of the bigger issues were compatibility without support, too many implementation interests, and not enough bandwidth. So success now rests on FHIR.  The main focus of FHIR is its ease of implementation, based on RESTful HTTP, using XML or JSON.

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Mirth® solutions’ FHIR Technology Preview provides users the opportunity to easily engage with and learn about the FHIR standard and experience how it enables faster, easier development of more flexible custom workflows that can streamline and improve patient care while driving down costs.

So, have we reached the highest peak in the world of Interoperability standards? You be the judge! Download the Mirth® solutions Technology Preview of FHIR and begin hosting your own FHIR interfaces with Mirth® Connect.