We are in a potential rebirth of health and innovating at breakneck speed. However, with this acceleration, as always, there is a risk. We have to be careful with our data. That’s why the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard was set. It’s a bit ironic, but the reason FHIR is needed is that the industry itself is in the red!
FHIR is a data transfer protocol designed to help developers provide information securely, securely, and efficiently. It is the behind-the-scenes component that makes modern medicine possible.
Innovations that change the face of medicine
Imagine that a stroke victim could receive expert medical care from the back of an ambulance, or a doctor could monitor their patients’ blood pressure through an app on their cell phone. Innovations like these are not just distant fantasies. They are happening now and are significantly improving patient outcomes.
Even standard day care is seeing these benefits. Only telehealth means up to 17% of all patient visits to specialties, and that number will only increase as people discover its benefits. Problems with welfare deserts and lack of access to the community will be a thing of the past thanks to new technologies. FHIR is needed to drive this innovation, as it provides the speed, standardization, and security needed to send the data that makes these programs possible.
The three S’s of rapid health interoperability resources
FHIR was developed by HL7 International to encourage the exchange of information in healthcare. Specifically, it is designed to provide three things: standardization, security, and speed.
The ability to transfer health data is a common challenge for the industry. All offices have faced the frustration of slow responses to registration requests when time is of the essence. Electronic health data exchanges are accelerating this process, but it is not a global solution. Many healthcare providers and insurance companies operate outside of old systems and use a wide range of devices. Obsolete internship specific programs may not work with modern applications or technology. Trying to transfer data between them would be like trying to send a fax to a toaster.
FHIR seeks to standardize data transfer formats. This facilitates transmission between an inherited system and newer technology. It is also preparing for the future of mobile applications, as the healthcare industry is making more and more use of remote care options. Developers will be familiar with the standard and will be able to incorporate it into their applications as they seek to support new ways of receiving care or managing public health crises.
He Law of portability and liability of medical insurance (HIPAA) has strict security standards to protect electronically transmitted personal health information. HIPAA should be divided into three categories: administrative, physical, and technical.
– Administrative: Employees must be trained and follow appropriate protocols in the secure access, use, and transmission of patient data.
– Physics: Appropriate controls must be in place for all hardware, workstations, and servers where data is stored or accessed.
– Technique: Access to the data must be restricted to the relevant parties. Audits and integrity checks should monitor and prevent the alteration or misuse of records. Finally, secure transmission is required to prevent data interception and exposure.
While physical and administrative HIPAA protocols can be relatively straightforward, the technical aspects are less so. Vendors may be at the mercy of systems and vendors that leave security gaps.
FHIR is the most up-to-date framework for HIPAA-compliant data transmission. Take advantage of HTTPS protocols to ensure strong encryption as data moves. With this standard in place, it is also easier for healthcare providers to work with providers who also comply with HIPAA.
Speed is essential in health care, which may surprise anyone who has spent an hour in a waiting room. However, these long waiting times are not the fault of the suppliers. They are to blame for the information delays. Medicine is not a conjecture. It requires knowledge, but a slow system limits access and prevents doctors and others from making timely decisions.
FHIR seeks to streamline the transmission of information, to make it a real-time option. This has been used far beyond patient care. It could also help control issues such as public health issues, hospital overloads, or follow-up of unique medical cases.
How organizations can adopt FHIR
FHIR goes hand in hand with DevSecOps. These standards need to be implemented at the development level to streamline security and speed up transmission. It is a free, unrestricted framework supported by leading providers of electronic health record transmission services.
At the technical level, it takes advantage of a REST strategy, which means representative style of architectural transfer of state. This is a standard for integrating applications that have been accepted by developers who take a DevSecOps approach.
Taking advantage of FHIR in healthcare involves working with providers who have adopted these standards or implemented them at home. This data exchange protocol can revolutionize the industry by providing speed, security, and standardization. As the way we receive medical treatment evolves, FHIR will make the technology used to allow it to evolve with us.
About Daniel Riedel
Daniel Riedel is Vice President of Strategic Services at Copat, the leading DevOps platform for enterprise cloud. Daniel has extensive experience in creating secure technologies and businesses on a large scale where he has held positions in engineering, operations, security, analysis and product development. He is a member of the OASIS board and has testified before Congress on U.S. cybersecurity and energy infrastructure.