Building the Infrastructure to Support Scalable FHIR Adoption is Key to Supporting Health Equity

The HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources (FHIR) standard is being leveraged in several areas of healthcare to increase interoperability. Several HL7 FHIR Accelerators are focused on creating functional use cases to improve data exchange including the exchange of social determinants of health (SDOH). While these functional use cases are critical, building the infrastructure necessary for these use cases to be implemented in a scalable way is imperative.

This session will educate attendees on the work of the FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST), one of the newer HL7 Accelerators and formerly an ONC-convened initiative. FAST’s mission is to ameliorate common challenges such as identity management, finding FHIR endpoints and data exchange with or without intermediaries. While this work is not specific to health equity, it is work that is necessary in order for the functional use cases that are specific to health equity to unlock key data elements needed to support health equity initiatives

HIEs and health tech vendors can play a key role in moving this infrastructure work forward.