Introducing WildFHIR!

We are proud to present AEGIS’ reference implementation of Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). We have named our RI, “WildFHIR.”

FHIR defines a set of “Resources” that represent granular clinical concepts. The resources can be managed in isolation, or aggregated into complex documents. This flexibility offers coherent solutions for a range of interoperability problems. Designed with a focus on simplicity and ease of implementation, FHIR is an exciting new addition to the HL7 standards platform. FHIR combines the best features of existing HL7 standards with the latest web technologies to make interoperable healthcare applications dramatically simpler, easier, and faster to develop.

AEGIS has been actively participating in the HL7 Work Group Meetings (WGMs) covering a full range of HL7-specific topics such as Version 2.x Implementation, Version 3, and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), FHIR, Meaningful Use in the US, Electronic Health Records, and Vocabulary Terminology among others. AEGIS has been testing FHIR, developing and publishing test cases within the Developers Integration Lab (DIL). AEGIS is working on IHE profiles and NwHIN standards and specifications within the AEGIS Integrated Ecosystem, a synthetic community of Health Care organizations.

FHIR is getting particularly strong support within the healthcare community, support that signals the community’s desire to move beyond traditional health record formats like CDA, CCD, and C32, toward streamlined XML and JSON representations coupled with lightweight RESTful services. Earlier this year, FHIR was selected as the standard information model for DoD-VA information exchange, and also as the future format for VistA Exchange. Furthermore, ONC has endorsed these decisions with support for FHIR.

There is a lot of work to do on the FHIR standard. AEGIS plans to identify Federal and commercial partners to test our WildFHIR reference implementation. Stay tuned as AEGIS is in the forefront of this new and innovation standard.

See more WildFHIR details here and more information on FHIR here.

About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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