Creating documents in clinFHIR 

I did a demo of clinFHIR for the Clinicians on FHIR group that will be meeting at the Working Group Meeting next week, and completely forgot to talk about creating/viewing documents in clinFHIR using the scenario builder. This is functionality that has been around for a while, and allows you to create a FHIR document by adding a Composition resource to the scenario, and then linking up the other resource to it.

So I thought I’d do a post on it!

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Using the clinFHIR query tool

I’ve been in China recently (attending the CHIMA conference and presenting on FHIR in a number of events), and while there I had a bit of spare time, so decided to give the clinFHIR query tool a bit of attention (I also needed it for the workshop I gave).

The query tool has been there for quite a while, but it’s been rather basic and a bit klunky, so a facelift was overdue! Read more of this post

clinFHIR profile viewer

Over the years I’ve made a number of attempts to build a profile viewer – to a mixed amount of success. The issue is becoming more urgent though, as profiles (as part of Implementation Guides) start to become published, and vendors such as Orion Health need to think about how we are to support them.

The issue is even more important for vendors in the international space, as our solutions are going to have to support different profiles in different countries, and we cannot assume that the profiles will be in alignment even for the same concept.

We’re not going to solve that issue right now (though it does highlight that the developers of profiles need to be aware of it and ideally working to avoid it as much as possible), but the ability to view profiles from different jurisdictions and analyse them in a common way is going to be important. Read more of this post

Viewing resource instances in clinFHIR

One thing you need to do quite frequently in the FHIR world is to look at resource instances (whether in XML or JSON), and this can be quite complex.

A little trick I use quite frequently is to use the clinFHIR scenario builder to create a hierarchical “tree view” of the resource, which I find easier to review than the raw format.

To do this, follow these steps.

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A sense of history with clinFHIR

I’m definitely going to finish off the series on building extensions (we have to cover coded extensions) but I must admit I’ve been a bit sidetracked in the last couple of days. You see we had a call with the ‘Clinicians on FHIR’ team talking about plans for the upcoming event at the WGM in Spain, and during the course of the discussion, Emma asked if clinFHIR could show versions of resources as she wanted to describe medication reconciliation.

At the time I said we could certainly do something like that (though I’ve not yet got that working in the Scenario Builder) but after the call I was thinking about it, and it occurred to me that what we really need is to be able to version scenarios – so we can show how they are built up, and potentially to model a workflow like fulfillment of an order or reconciliation.

So, may I present…

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Import resources into clinFHIR Scenario Builder

Just a short note to let you know that I’ve added the ability to import resources directly into the clinFHIR Scenario Builder (people have asked about this for a while). There are 3 formats currently supported:

  • A single Json resource
  • A Json bundle
  • An XML bundle

(Note that a single XML resource is not yet supported – just place it in a bundle if this is a problem right now)

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Building a profile in the new clinFHIR

So I had a question from someone who was wanting to develop some profiles using clinFHIR and not sure of the best way to approach this. I’ll write in more detail later on, but as there has been a substantial change in process and User Interface from the previous version, I thought I’d just do a quick post about how the new process is intended to work.

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clinFHIR and the CodeSystem resource (STU-3)

As you’ll probably be aware, a lot of my focus in recent months has been in updating clinFHIR to help non-technical folk like clinicians understand what FHIR is, and how they can get involved in FHIR related projects. Here’s a White Paper I did for Orion Health on the subject…

There are a couple of core components that have been developed to assist this.

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New UI for clinFHIR

If you’ve used clinFHIR in the last 24 hours then you’ll have noticed a new User Interface. This is a recognition that clinFHIR is now really a number of ‘co-operating’ modules rather than a single application, so the previous UI wasn’t really the best any more.

In this post I’ll describe the UI (Actually I call it a ‘Launcher’ as it’s really a start point for the various modules).

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Videos on clinFHIR Scenario Builder and Logical Modelers

So in a fit of enthusiasm I offered to do a short demo of clinFHIR at the CATonFHIR event in the UK in a couple of days. As it turns out, the reality of the timing is that this would be at 2am my time (New Zealand). Of course I’d be happy to do this to support FHIR (and have done it before), but when the organizer Philip Scott suggested I record a video that they could show instead of a live performance I jumped at the chance!

And having done one, a second wasn’t that hard…

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