FHIR, pronounced Fire, is a free, vendor-agnostic data-sharing standard developed by Health Level Seven International (HL7). FHIR combines the most practical features from previous standards with a fresh internet-based approach to enhance interoperability and ease data exchanges across the dynamic healthcare ecosystem.
Members of the Civitas Network for Health utilize health information exchange, clinical data, and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve the accessibility, quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness of health care.
While the permitted purposes defined by TEFCA have changed slightly from version to version, the overarching theme has been to increase the number of data exchange purposes available to the healthcare community. Non-treatment purposes have traditionally received limited attention and low response rates by networks and consortiums, which has led to a significant gap in national interoperability. Including them in the TEFCA regulations will ensure that these types of requests are responded to and will begin closing the gap on nationwide interoperability.