Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an interoperability standard for the electronic exchange of medical information.FHIR solutions are created from a set of modular components called "Resources". These resources can be easily assembled into operating systems that solve real-world clinical and administrative problems at a fraction of the price of existing alternatives. FHIR is suitable for use in a wide variety of contexts: mobile phone applications, cloud communications, EHR-based data exchange, server communication in large institutional health service providers, and much more.
FHIR, or Fast Health Interoperability Resources, is a proposed interoperability standard developed by the healthcare IT standards body known as HL7. Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a nonprofit accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, exchange and retrieval of electronic health information.
Stakeholders throughout the HIT ecosystem are actively exploring, experimenting and testing FHIR. Part of the enthusiasm surrounding the FHIR is due to the elegant simplicity of the technology.
FHIR is attractive mainly because it is based on a truly modern web services approach (and one used by companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google). This approach makes it easier for systems to exchange very specific and well-defined pieces of information, rather than complete documents.
SMART (as FHIR) is an evolving standard, so it is likely to change and extend as it is implemented internationally. The areas where we are likely to see evolution are: