Transforming Healthcare IT

When purchasing an EHR from a large vendor, customers receive all the modules from this vendor, both the good modules as well as the bad ones. Сhoosing such a system is always a compromise as no single system can satisfy all user requirements.

Is this something that can be improved? Health Samurai believes that monolithic architectures will eventually give their place to platforms and app stores just as in other industries. Apps in the app store have to be united, communicate and understand each other. Only using of a common standard can enable these storage and data-exchange capabilities.

Health IT has a long way ahead, but the transition has already begun.

International standards organization, Health Level Seven (HL7), has drafted a new interoperability standard called FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources). The standard is open and was designed using the modern successful IT practices. It leverages web technologies and is focused on implementers. It has a growing community and the potential to take interoperability to a whole new level.

Health Samurai joined the FHIR community in its early days and made a reference implementation of the FHIR server targeting hospital-scale production environments. This implementation of the HL7 FHIR server is called Fhirbase. Fhirbase is built on top of the most advanced open source database — Postgresql. In fact, Health Samurai collaborates with Postgresql’s core developers to provide production quality storage for FHIR resources.

Health Samurai is just starting its new campaign but has already created a great foundation for the future platform. The transition from monolithic architectural systems to platforms and app stores may take some time, but this inevitable transition is already well underway globally and Health Samurai with their solutions is one of the forces that leading it.