FHIR to play crucial role in long-term TEFCA strategy

Healthcare leaders weighed in optimistically on the newly released federal Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, a plan to facilitate nationwide health information-sharing that will rely heavily on HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard within three years.

Lee Barrett, CEO and executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), has no doubts that FHIR will be ready. “There’s been tremendous work…on the part of the HL7 community, the Da Vinci Project, ONC and all the various players,” said Barrett of EHNAC, a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for electronic health data exchange, which is also a leader for two of ONC’s FHIR task forces.

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