10-Year Anniversary of FHIR
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10 Years of FHIR

Ward Weistra

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Back in July 2011, Grahame Grieve started writing the first version of Resources for Health, outside the hours of his regular day job. Ten years later now, we are celebrating how this re-envisioning of healthcare standards has grown out to be the wildly popular Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) we know today.

In this video from the most recent edition of the FHIR DevDays, we have summarized the highlights of this 10-year journey, starting from the first collaborators that joined the project, like our CTO Ewout Kramer and Lloyd McKenzie, all the way up to the 11th edition of DevDays itself. Feel free to check out the video and go through memory lane with FHIR’s most important moments.

One of those other early enthusiasts, our FHIR training lead Rene Spronk, has beautifully summarized the first 5 years of FHIR and how FHIR came to be in this article back in 2016. Later that year, FHIR DevDays would reach its first milestone and pass the 250 participants mark.

In 2017, FHIR moved from a lost its ‘draft’ status for the first time, with the STU3 release of the standard, followed by the first normative release (R4) at the end of 2018. That year also marked the first US edition of FHIR DevDays, jointly organized by Firely and HL7 International. This is where Dave deBronkhart stepped up to include the patient’s voice and a Patient track has been included ever since.

As 2019 and 2020 have forced all events to go virtual, this also allowed the FHIR community to open up even more to include participants from all over the world. Combined with a large regulatory push, not in the least from the ONC and CMS in the US, the FHIR standard is looking stronger than ever at this celebratory moment!

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