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SMART Move For Providers

by Greg Slabodkin

Information Management

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FHIR Rapidly Advancing As Healthcare Data Exchange Standard

Under the Argonaut Project, five EHR vendors—athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic and MEDITECH—are implementing the Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies (SMART), which leverages FHIR in their next product releases. SMART is also being adopted across several major health systems, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Duke Health and Geisinger Health System, which are implementing SMART on FHIR apps on top of their EHR systems.

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Are You Behind the Argonaut Project?

HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) may hold promise for solving the vexing interoperability issues that keep e-health from achieving critical mass. Will this programming interface be able to serve as a reliable standard for all?

There’s a lot of provider and vendor power behind the standards that fuel FHIR. In 2014 a group of providers and health IT vendors—the Argonaut Project—came together to test FHIR profile and implementation interoperability, focusing on data, document queries and security. They’ve gained some traction, attention and support according to a recent survey from KLAS where providers ranked FHIR number one in terms of potential value to national interoperability.