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[Health-dev] FHIR adoption in GNU Health

From: Luis Falcon
Subject: [Health-dev] FHIR adoption in GNU Health
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:43:50 +0000
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Dear all

I've been researching on different methods / standards to exchange
patient information across health centers / EMRs.

Although there are different solutions that can be implemented in GNU
Health, I find FHIR[1] the best option, due to :

- Modern and practical
- "Human readable" messages. This is key, so even in the event of not a
very wide adoption of the standard, the message could be easily parsed.
- Well defined "resources" to manage patient / party demographics and
- Support XML and JSON at both client and server side
- Good technical documentation and test servers

The FHIR module / functionality implementation in GNU Health will run in
parallel with the other specifications, such as HL7 V2 or PIX/PDQ
profiles proposed by members of the GNU Health community.

I will start with the implementation in GNU Health of the FHIR patient
resource. Anyone that would like to join me in developing the FHIR
module, please let me know.


1 .- FHIR : Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources

GNU Health : The Free Health and Hospital Information System
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