The Future of Data Access in Health Care
The advent of FHIR and SMART on FHIR has been a huge game changer in recent years. FHIR is radically changing the way we think about integration of innovative applications, making it faster, easier and less disruptive to workflow. It has allowed developers to create medical applications, which can be easily integrated into existing systems. SMART on FHIR is a related utility, which allows web apps to run inside a browser so clinicians can use them without leaving the EMR environment.
More than 35 provider organizations have exposed their FHIR APIs. Allscripts has been leading the charge in API adoption for some years now with their plug and play-like platform that developers can build new technologies and applications on top of. Not to be outdone, Epic opened up their API in 2017, thus signaling a refusal to be made obsolete by the more nimble and comparatively newer players.