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Technologial Advances in Healthcare – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit bannerJersey City, August 9, 2017 – More than 1,700 healthcare stakeholders gathered in Cleveland, October 24–26, 2016, to discuss the latest medical breakthroughs and make new connections to spark future awe-inspiring innovations.

Now in its 14th year, Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit is the oldest and largest meeting of its kind in healthcare. The perennial highlight? The unveiling of the top 10 medical advancements for the coming year — those that Cleveland Clinic experts predict will change patient care forever.

FHIR LogoOne of the ten picks for 2017 was Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).

It has become increasingly difficult to safely and efficiently share patient data between healthcare providers. In-house information technology (IT) systems have become so diverse, that it’s hard for them to communicate with each other.

Digital interoperability is complex in healthcare, which must weigh privacy, security and accuracy concerns. But in-house systems have become so diverse and convoluted, it’s hard for different systems to communicate and nearly impossible for new software companies to penetrate the industry.

2017 marks the year we finally make sense of the tangled web healthcare has woven. FHIR is a new tool soon to be released by an international committee called Health Level Seven (HL7). It will essentially function as an interpreter between two healthcare systems or offices that have developed their own languages. The first release will focus on clinical data, like images and medications, while the second will focus on administrative data, like billing and demographics.

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There are huge implications for healthcare beyond the interoperability of their systems. Innovators and entrepreneurs everywhere can finally take a crack at building smart, data-driven technologies that can be built to a FHIR standard, allowing new technologies to be adopted anywhere.

FHIR not only marks a potential end of the frustration, it paves the way for a surge of life-saving health information technology.

Click here to see the other 9 picks from the Cleveland Clinic experts for 2017.

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