Health Informatics On FHIR
To develop, evaluate and deploy health applications that can help doctors take care of their patients and patients do their part.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Electronic health record systems (EHRs) are now widely used by physicians but often dont share data (interoperability) or provide efficient user interfaces. They also often fail to support efficient workflow and process or to provide clinical decision support to help physicians make accurate diagnoses, avoid mistakes and prescribe optimal therapies. Patients should be more involved in their own care but usually lack tools to make doing that intuitive and easy. The new FHIR standard combines a simplified data model with web services to provide a vehicle for developing interoperable solutions to these problems by essentially turning proprietary EHR systems into an open app platform facilitating rapid deployment and commercialization of successful apps. FHIR also offers the prospect of aggregating data from many EHRs for use in analytics to discover new medical knowledge. Teams will design and develop real world FHIR apps to help solve problems they define or that are posed by mentors from the various project partners and sponsors. They will use Georgia Techs FHIR and SMART of FHIR platforms located in the Interoperability and Integration Innovation Lab (i3l.gatech.edu).