Towards Standardized Patient Data Exchange: Integrating a FHIR Based API for the Open Medical Record System

Suranga N. Kasthurirathne, Burke Mamlin, Grahame Grieve, Paul Biondich

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Abstract

Interoperability is essential to address limitations caused by the ad hoc implementation of clinical information systems and the distributed nature of modern medical care. The HL7 V2 and V3 standards have played a significant role in ensuring interoperability for healthcare. FHIR is a next generation standard created to address fundamental limitations in HL7 V2 and V3. FHIR is particularly relevant to OpenMRS, an Open Source Medical Record System widely used across emerging economies. FHIR has the potential to allow OpenMRS to move away from a bespoke, application specific API to a standards based API. We describe efforts to design and implement a FHIR based API for the OpenMRS platform. Lessons learned from this effort were used to define long term plans to transition from the legacy OpenMRS API to a FHIR based API that greatly reduces the learning curve for developers and helps enhance adhernce to standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages932
Number of pages1
Volume216
ISBN (Print)9781614995630
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: Aug 19 2015Aug 23 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume216
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, MEDINFO 2015
CountryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period8/19/158/23/15

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Keywords

  • Electronic Medical Records
  • FHIR
  • HL7
  • Interoperability
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Kasthurirathne, S. N., Mamlin, B., Grieve, G., & Biondich, P. (2015). Towards Standardized Patient Data Exchange: Integrating a FHIR Based API for the Open Medical Record System. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 216, pp. 932). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 216). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-564-7-932