Informatics Research Seminar: It’s O.K. to Play with FHIR

February 24 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7
Presented from Duke University


Broadcast Link: Seminar



The pursuit of true interoperability has become the focus of many groups. Patient-centered care, data sharing, big data, pragmatic clinical trials, and precision medicine are just a few examples where success depends on interoperability. Central to these activities is the ability to transport and use data among disparate groups. Health Level Seven (HL7) has introduced a new standard called First Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR ®) that shows great promise in enabling true interoperability. This presentation introduces FHIR, defines what it is, and gives some specific examples of its use. We will discuss what makes FHIR such an exciting standard, including the “who” and “how” of its implementation. The current state of FHIR development will be included.

Speaker Bio

W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7 is the Director of the Duke Center for Health Informatics. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of electronic health records, starting in 1970, and is well-known both nationally and internationally for his contribution to standards development. His academic and industry leadership include: past president of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and AMIA Board member; President and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics; three terms as Chair of Health Level Seven and HL7 committee; two terms as the Convenor of ISO Technical Committee 215; and Working Group 2 and Ambassador to Developing Countries and chair of the Joint Initiative Council of ISO/CEN/HL7. He has served on a number of NIH review committees, testified on a number of occasions for NCVHS, and presented to several IOM committees.