help your stakeholders
understand the need
for a FHIR Server

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On this page, you’ll discover a wealth of information that will help you build a compelling business case for adopting Firely Server. This is what awaits you:

  • What is FHIR: An interesting blog about FHIR for those with little expertise on the topic.
  • Buy vs Build Guide: Discover all the pros and cons of building or buying a FHIR Server.
  • Case Studies: Real-world success stories of organizations that have transformed their healthcare data integration using Firely Server.
  • FAQs: Get answers to common questions about Firely Server.
  • Why choose Firely Server: Unique features and benefits that make it the perfect fit for your healthcare integration needs.

What is FHIR

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) has revolutionized the digital infrastructure that supports patient care. However, we often see that a few experts have extensive knowledge of FHIR, while the rest of the organization or stakeholders do not.

This article provides a straightforward way to quickly impart the necessary FHIR knowledge to stakeholders.

Buy vs Build Guide

While some organizations commit to homegrown, there are lots of benefits in using turn-key FHIR solutions. Choosing between buying or building a FHIR API depends on your organization’s context and needs. Consider cost savings, implementation speed, healthcare expertise, and data model mapping challenges.

Our eBook and FHIR API Buy-vs-Build Calculator offer a customizable framework to help you make the right decision for your FHIR API.

Let’s discuss how we can help you create your business case

Firely Server in practice

Case studies

Explore our three compelling case studies that showcase the actual use cases for our product. Discover how Firely Server has transformed businesses and made a positive impact on their operations to pursue healthcare interoperability.

Case study Datalink

Datalink initially used open-source to build a FHIR API, but when SMART on FHIR became necessary for their certification, the task became more challenging. The open-source platform they chose couldn’t meet the requirements, prompting Datalink to seek specialized expertise.

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Case study iCaird

Firely served as a crucial FHIR consultant in the NHS Grampian iCAIRD hub project, delivering Firely Server as a Facade and expert guidance. This enabled Grampian to seamlessly convert non-FHIR data to FHIR format, facilitating advanced research and algorithm development.

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Case study Uniklinik

Uniklinik RWTH Aachen opted for Firely Server over other FHIR servers due to its advanced FHIR search, SQL Server compatibility, Facade-building capability, and exceptional performance, enabling them to effectively manage and utilize FHIR data.


Why buy Firely Server, when there’s also an open-source API available?

Constructing your own FHIR API is not a walk in the park. The biggest challenge is to become certified and keep that certification. So take a thorough examination of how you can effectively implement different regulations.

How long will it take to implement Firely Server?

The answer to this question varies depending on your specific circumstances. Our turn-key solution can become operational within two weeks, but the integration into proprietary systems hinges on factors such as existing FHIR data usage, mapping, and FHIR expertise. You can consult our experts for an estimate tailored to your situation.

Do I still need to free up resources when I buy the turn-key Firely Server?

Yes, you do need resources for the implementation and integration into your own architecture. Nevertheless, we made integration easy and our expert FHIR Consultants can provide all the assistance you need.

Why Firely?

If you seek a reliable collaborator well-versed in FHIR, along with a diverse set of FHIR-related tools and solutions, Firely stands out as your top choice. Operating from our Dutch and U.S. entities, our global footprint ensures accessibility. As one of the initiators of FHIR, we’re dedicated to delivering compliance and fostering innovation through FHIR.

Why you should choose Firely Server

  • Easily integrated with proprietary systems
  • Always up-to-date with the latest regulations and recommended IGs
  • Packed with relevant features, suitable for many use cases

Because it’s built by one of the initiators of FHIR, our FHIR knowledge, professional services and training resources are superior. This means you can free up your IT resources and make your business future-proof!

Some of the features

Firely Auth

Firely Auth is the authentication server that is seamlessly integrated with SMART on FHIR. Firely Auth is specifically configured to speak FHIR.

Bulk data export

With this plugin you can export bulk data in two ways: an asynchronous data export based on the FHIR Bulk Data Access (or “Flat FHIR”) Implementation Guide, or by using the Patient $everything Operation.


This plugin enables authentication based on the SMART on FHIR specification and allows you to integrate Firely Server with your own authentication and authorization system.

EHI Export

Create an export of all the electronic health information from the FHIR server.

Audit Logging

Firely Server can log access through the RESTful API for auditing purposes.

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Firely is certified under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Health IT Certification Program. For more information go to the Mandatory Disclosures and API Documentation on our website.

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