Health Level Seven International is well along in development of its next-generation integration standards, called Fast Health Interoperable Resources, or FHIR.

The new standard is being balloted as a Draft Standard for Trial Use. If sufficient HL7 members approve, it will be available for testing in real-world applications to gather information on necessary enhancements.

FHIR combines features of HL7’s current Version 2, Version 3 and CDA integration product lines, while using new Web standards and having an enhanced focus on ease of implementation, according to an explanation from the organization. “FHIR solutions are built from a set of modular components called ‘Resources.’ These resources can easily be assembled into working systems that solve real-world clinical and administrative problems at a fraction of the price of existing alternatives.”

The new standard enables development of simple interfaces within a day, the specifications are free for use with no restrictions, and will co-exist with and leverage existing HL7 standards. FHIR is currently being tested within HL7 and will be available as a draft standard later this year, with development likely done by the end of 2015. More information is available here.

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