Fhirbird Applications within Healthcare
Healthcare interoperability standards are transitioning to the HL7 FHIR® message standard, replacing HL7 2.x and Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) message formats. HL7 FHIR® provides a conversational and transactional approach to the exchange of health information with dozens of APIs required to replace prior HL7 formats. Fhirbird’s universal HTTP protocol provides a single API resource to encrypt and send any HL7 FHIR® message to one or more remote destinations. Healthcare users of Fhirbird are free to focus on the effective use of the data, knowing that Fhirbird is maintaining a reliable, secured, HIPAA compliant, and FIPS conformant communications environment.
The incorporation of patient genomic information into EHR systems increases the immediacy of ensuring secure, reliable, and traceable exchange of data between and among research and healthcare organizations. The number and complexity of these types of exchanges will increase rapidly. Safely managing the collection and distribution of the source genomic data and research results is a major Fhirbird strength.
Awareness is growing among provider organizations of how enhanced outcomes and error reductions can be gleaned by networking various medical devices with patient data systems. Most devices were not designed with security in mind, so there is inherent risk that must be mitigated. Fhirbird provides the tools to enable interoperability and harmonization across the healthcare Internet of Things, allowing for secure, rapid, and reliable message delivery between medical devices and clinical data systems. Fhirbird is also an effective tool for linking the growing number and types of personal medical devices for in-home monitoring, clinical decision support, and alerting.
Fhirbird is primed to support upgrading old information exchange systems and communication paradigms which many organizations are still using. Data transport tools such as FTP and SFTP no longer satisfy the security requirements for safe data communication over a vulnerable Internet environment. The FBI reported that over 1 million FTP servers are being targeted by cyber criminals for the purpose of mining PHI and PII data. Provider and Payer organizations must reduce their vulnerability to exploitation.
For many organizations, the most valuable use of Fhirbird and its API hooks will be to provide the communications and harmonization framework that enables a microservices approach to a staged transition of services from a single legacy system to a loosely coupled array of microservices.
For more information, email Fhirbird@ihrc.com, or call IHRC at 678-615-3220 and ask for the Fhirbird Team.