We Didn’t Start the FHIR (and that’s a beautiful thing)

Swellbox at the HL7 FHIR Roundtable in Washington, DC

Oct 1, 2018 · 2 min read

Life in college requires students to make cognitive leaps; students must depart from what’s comfortable in order to “grow in wisdom.” Luckily, when it comes to college health data, we can stick to a proven standard.

This week we attended the HL7 FHIR Roundtable in DC. The conference brought together programmers, clinicians, and patients to showcase apps and integration engines built on the FHIR standard. Apps are enabling patients to collaborate with their doctors on care plans (Geisinger’s Family Caregiver App), bringing records to the point of care in disaster zones (PULSE, part of The Sequoyah Project), and empowering patients with their full health data in personal health record portals (MINA, 1UpHealth, iBlueButton).

The takeaway for student health: there’s a vibrant world of apps out there, and plugging in doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. With FHIR, empowering students and caregivers with third-party solutions is like plugging into an outlet. You need to have the right plug type, but you don’t need to recreate the power grid.

We’re proud to sit at the intersection of FHIR and student health. As we see more FHIR-based solutions that we think will be useful for student health (such as Apple’s Health app), we feel that student health shouldn’t be excluded from this ecosystem.

FHIR is a proven standard for transmitting health data across systems. It’s ready to go to college.


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