FHIR and Blockchain

What is FHIR?

Health Level 7 (HL7) has been studied by many people in healthcare, but not everybody at a super-technical level may be familiar with it. If you know the HL7 standards, then you have also heard how hard it is to work with the HL7 standards. Nonetheless, most at least recognize that HL7 is essential for interconnecting different healthcare-related systems and that only HL7-compliant applications can be implemented.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) may not be as well-known, but it has been around for years. But the interest in FHIR is now much more revived, especially since it was recently adopted and promoted by no less than Apple and CMS as their preferred healthcare interface mechanism.

Both FHIR and HL7 are critical for the future of electronic health records (EHR).

FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is a new standard that defines data formats and electronic health record sharing components. It is developed by HL7, a non-profit organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute, (Health Level Seven). Several guidelines were developed by the framework to organize the sharing of protected health information between healthcare specialists. A part of it is medical data, clinical health data, and some administrative information. It incorporates the HL7 V2, HL7 V3, and CDA primary features.

FHIR in the healthcare sector provides wonderful stuff. It does not limit the practices you use and aims to encourage multiple solutions rather than just one approach to promote interoperability. The benefits it provides will ensure that FHIR stays.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is an information recording mechanism that makes it difficult or impossible to modify, hack, or cheat the system.

Blockchain seems complex, and it can certainly be, but its basic idea is still very simple. A blockchain is a type of database. It helps to understand what the database really is first to be able to understand blockchain.

A blockchain is basically a digital transaction ledger that is duplicated and distributed through the entire network of blockchain computing systems. Each block in the chain includes a number of transactions, and a record of that transaction is added to the ledger of every participant every time a new transaction occurs on the blockchain. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is defined as the shared database operated by different participants.

Blockchain applications, such as social networks, messengers, sports, exchanges, storage sites, voting systems, prediction markets, online shops and much more can be used to grow the technology.

Although there are many possible lenses for looking at the two technologies in terms of strategies for healthcare integration, here we will talk about them.

•                     Performance Level

FHIR messages are transmitted faster, providing a major benefit when transmitting new information to a non-local device. Blockchain solutions must reserve complete data locally, but it may take some time (depending on the technology) for new exchanges to operate through finalization and delivery.

•                     Provenance

To query a provenance system, FHIR messages communicate between schemes. Blockchain offers a history of connections over time offering reliable solutions for provenance.

•                     Persistence

FHIR acts as an array of transient messages that are responsible for transferring data between permanent data stores or for use on request. Information is constantly stored by Blockchain, making it an unchanging archive of information as well as messages that turn it.

To query a provenance system, FHIR messages communicate between schemes. Blockchain offers a history of connections over time offering reliable solutions for provenance.

•                     Consent

External systems for consent management are required by FHIR messages. Blockchain solutions allow internalization through public-private key encryption with easier customer approval, and other such initiatives are underway.

•                     Synchronizing

FHIR allows registries to synchronize themselves but does not work beyond messages. Synchronized registries in various locations can be generated through Blockchain solutions.

Blockchain & FHIR working together

If FHIR interacts with the blockchain, a more consumer-centered database can be assured. Given their considerable differences, they can still work together to ensure high quality whenever users choose to access data.

Working together with FHIR and blockchain means:

  • With blockchain, even if their information is under separate names with distinct organizations or there are duplicate records in a system it is possible to create a single identifier for all.
  • Patient data is now safer than ever with FHIR requiring blockchain to protect data and avoid breaches of safety.
  • Records cannot be manipulated but can be updated constantly, eventually offering the most accurate image of the health of a person. This would improve the quality of data and ensure that it cannot be altered, even though certain individuals can leverage this information.
  • Consumers do not need to choose a supplier-specific portal to store their data. Similarly, there is no need for healthcare organizations to determine who they’re going to work with.

What Healthcare Organizations Should Do Today

Ultimately, in terms of investing in future technology, healthcare organizations must look at their strategies to ensure that new innovations are compatible with FHIR. As with current technology, rapid steps should be made to ensure that critical information (e.g. patient data, documents, etc. can be shared and used by both healthcare computer systems and applications.

In order to gain feedback on this platform and identify valuable learning that could be applied to set up a blockchain in healthcare, healthcare leaders should also monitor the latest blockchain news from other industries. At the same time, when contemplating the usage of blockchain, leaders must understand how to remain cautious since blockchain is not going anywhere anytime soon, like FHIR.

Last words…

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