FHIR Connectathon: Sample data

As part of the planning for the next FHIR connectathon, we want to make better sample data available for participants to build applications against – and, of course, to continue to exercise the specification. For the last event, I wrote an application using one of the open-source clients that has been developed (in this case the c# client by Ewout Kramer of Furore) and suggested that I could enhance that with more data.

It was suggested that I take the data on this page to use as the clinical scenarios.

I was blown away by this for a couple of reasons:

  • First the amount of work that my colleagues have put in to creating it
  • And secondly – just how far FHIR has come in being able to represent real-world clinical data.

If anyone still has lingering doubts about whether FHIR is going to be ‘fit for purpose’, then these scenarios should remove all doubt…

It’s going to be a reasonable amount of work to do properly – especially as we want to use this to test the FHIR document architecture, but should be do-able, and I’ll keep you appraised on progress…

(btw – I stuck a # in front of the FHIR so it shows up as a hashtag in twitter – if anyone knows how to get wordpress to automatically add the # when sending a notification then let me know)….

About David Hay
I'm an independent contractor working with companies like Orion Health and Rhapsody, HL7 Fellow, Chair emeritus of HL7 New Zealand and a co-chair of the FHIR Management Group. I have a keen interest in health IT, especially health interoperability with HL7 and the new FHIR standard.

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