SMART on FHIR: Part 1

With the 7th connectathon coming up, we’ve looked at the first scenario (Patient access) in a couple of posts and how we can use a couple of the libraries (.net and java) to make this almost trivial to achieve. (btw you don’t have to use these libraries of course – FHIR by itself uses standard technologies so there are a ton of different ways to do this if you already have the technology to do so, or use a different language).

In this post we’re going to take a look at the 3rd connectathon scenario – SMART on FHIR. There’s a lot of information about what this is trying to achieve (the connectathon site has links) so we won’t repeat that here – the ‘elevator pitch’ is that it establishes standards that enable the development of independent applications that can securely access data in any server supporting those standards – this could be an EHR, EMR, Portal or HIE.

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FHIR Connectathon 7 for Java Dummies

Last week we had a look at using the .net client to access a FHIR server as a lead up to the next connectathon. I thought it might be fun to do the same thing using the HAPI Java client (Now that it’s at release .5 – half way there!).

Now a disclaimer: I am not a Java developer – in fact I’m learning Java doing this work. In some ways I’d rather be in the .net world, but I’m a Mac user, and .net plays uneasily on that platform, so Java it is. (Yes, I know there’s Mono – it just doesn’t work for me for some reason).

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