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HL7 FHIR Elevator Pitch

Publication date: Jul 15, 2013

FHIR is a new open web API for healthcare data exchange. It's especially suited for cloud and mobile applications.


Ewout Kramer, one of the three principal architects of the FHIR standard, describes the FHIR standards as follows: "FHIR is a new open web API for healthcare data exchange", "it is ready to use, out-of-the-box, it uses common REST and web technologies, it's especially suited for mobile and cloud solutions, and it's standard yet flexible".

This is the essence of his FHIR elevator pitch, a full version of which can be found below.

a FHIR elevator pitch by Ewout Kramer

Please see the open/free FHIR specification for details about FHIR. Other sources of information include the FHIRplace (Ewouts blog), Grahame's blog, the Firely website and the HL7 Wiki.

FHIR Training Course

Ringholm, jointly with HL7 Norway, HL7 the Netherlands and HL7 UK, has scheduled a number of one day FHIR training courses in Europe (currently in Oslo, Amsterdam and London - with other cities to follow). Ewout will be one of the core presenters of this training course.

This training course offers a thorough overview of the content of the HL7 FHIR standard. It also offers guidance on how to design, develop and test software that uses the HL7 FHIR interoperability standard, all the way from the wire-format up to validation and storage.

Ewout describes the aim and content of the FHIR training course

This training course is aimed at those involved with the design, development, implementation, deployment and support of systems that use (or will use) the HL7 FHIR standard.

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the key principles underlying FHIR.
  • Describe the characteristics and contents of the core FHIR information models.
  • Help their organization to determine if, when, where and how they might implement FHIR
  • Understand how FHIR aligns with REST, object-oriented and other common software-engineering principles.
  • Compare strategies for using relational or document-oriented storage, validation and use of Xml and Json.
  • Getting hands-on experience with the software implementation of FHIR and with the available reference implementations.

For additional information, see the detailed FHIR course description.

FHIR jokes

FHIR (pronounced as "Fire") has led to a large number of jokes and puns. Some of those I simply can't repeat here, some others are mentioned by Ewout:

I've played around with the idea of claiming the LHIT.org domain .. if only so I could say that we aim to LHIT the FHIR ;-)


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